Six younger German Shepherd canine have begun coaching at National Training Centre for Dogs and Animals (NTCDA) and would quickly be a part of India’s wildlife sniffer canine drive, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) stated on Tuesday.
In an announcement issued in Haryana’s Panchkula, the paramilitary drive stated that the tenth batch of the programme with six younger German Shepherds canine, ranging between six and 9 months previous, and their 12 handlers have begun their seven-month course at NTCDA, Basic Training Centre, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (BTC-ITBP) camp in Panchkula, Haryana.
On completion of coaching, the wildlife sniffer canine squads will be a part of the forest departments of Karnataka (4), Bihar (1), and Madhya Pradesh (1), taking the whole variety of wildlife sniffer canine educated beneath TRAFFIC and WWF-India’s programme to 94.
The unlawful wildlife commerce has endangered the existence of many wild species throughout the globe. In India, it contains an array of wildlife merchandise and derivatives comparable to mongoose hair, snake skins, rhino horn, tiger and leopard components, elephant tusks, shahtoosh scarf, pangolin scales, and far more. Wildlife regulation enforcement practices are crucial in containing this menace, and the usage of wildlife sniffer canine for wildlife crime prevention and detection has been a recreation changer in India.
Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF-India, stated, “Using detection dogs in law enforcement is a proven practice as dogs are competent in combating crimes of varied nature because of their agility and excellent olfactory senses. TRAFFIC and WWF-India’s wildlife sniffer dogs, popularly known as Super Sniffers, play a crucial role in detecting and curbing illegal wildlife trade in India.”
“With just two wildlife sniffer dog squads in 2008, our programme has successfully trained 88 dogs, and now six more are under training. Twenty-one states and union territories have participated in this programme and have deployed trained sniffer dog squads to fight against wildlife crime. The programme has grown to become the largest in the country,” added Dr Merwyn Fernandes, Coordinator, TRAFFIC’s India workplace.
Ishwar Singh Duhan, Inspector General, ITBP, Director, NTCD&A (National Training Center for Dog & Animals), Panchkula, stated, “The training programme for wildlife sniffer dog squads has been carefully designed to accommodate both basic obedience and detection skills specifically for detecting and curbing illegal wildlife trade in India.”
He defined, “The dogs are being trained using the latest training tools to master sniffing and tracking skills for the scent of various wildlife products. Training is being scientifically conducted using modern conditioning techniques, including positive reinforcement through food and play rewards. Also, dogs will be exposed to various real-life search scenarios in populated and forest areas. We are confident that these new wildlife sniffer dogs will continue to help the enforcement officials curb illegal wildlife trade on completion of training.”
The coaching of the tenth batch of six canine at ITBP began on 5 September 2022. The first few weeks of the coaching will deal with growing an emotional and trusting bond between the canine and the handler, which is essential to changing into a profitable wildlife sniffer canine. Later, the canine will be taught sniffing and monitoring abilities and be educated to detect tiger and leopard skins, bones and different physique components, bear bile, pink sanders, and different unlawful wildlife merchandise.
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