a deterrent force of all four with the canine brigade

If it weren’t for his checking yellow eyes, the wary 8-year-old Dutch shepherd who remained clinging to his mistress was almost like a lambda doggie. The first member of the canine brigade in Biarritz has not yet …

If it weren’t for his checking yellow eyes, the wary 8-year-old Dutch shepherd who remained clinging to his mistress was almost like a lambda doggie. The first member of the Biarritz canine brigade despite having the lifestyle of a high -level athlete who could make a dangerous weapon.

After years of working on the farm in many towns, according to the affections of its owner, it continues weekly, focused training at an approved club. Enough to perfect a rigorous training started very young at the National Center for Cynophile Instruction of the Gendarmerie.


After years of working on the farm in many towns, according to the affections of its owner, it continues weekly, focused training at an approved club.

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Defuse

Since his arrival in the summer of 2021, his effectiveness in eliminating stressful situations has convinced town hall to strengthen canine workers this season in 2022 (see elsewhere ).

When he put his foot down, “he was fine right away.  He knew why he was there.  »


When he put his foot down, “he was fine right away. He knew why he was there. »

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During the municipal council validating the decision, an elected official called him “Rantanplan”. The nickname never suited him. Here, she will remain anonymous: “There is no danger that someone will call her and risk disturbing her when we are at work”, says Cécile (1) who is her expert mistress. “He would only get out of the car when the situation got complicated. If there are fights, when colleagues have difficulty dealing with a group of aggressive people, for example, ”he said.

When he advances while beeping in the direction of warlike they retreat “by 10 or 15 meters almost immediately. »

The effect of restraining the dog is immediate. Just watching it can prevent situations from getting worse. Harnessed, when he put his foot on the ground, “he was immediately in good shape. He knew why he was here.” When he advanced to bark in the direction of the fighters, throwing his head the weight of a heavy muzzle shell to divide the crowd, they retreated “at 10 or 15 meters almost immediately. Just to see it fully equipped, it was impressive, ”confident his colleagues.

During the conversation, “the little kid”, he walks his muzzle between the corridor and the agents ’common room. He is the heir. A 4 -month -old baby from Mechelen can be used for a year. Currently, he is studying business. “I take him so that he can get used to the place, to the companions, to the noise of the coffee machine, to the wait,” says his owner.

The deterrent effect on the dog is immediate.  Just watching it can prevent situations from getting worse.


The deterrent effect on the dog is immediate. Just watching it can prevent situations from getting worse.

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“Not very comfortable”

His eldest is about to retire. What will happen to it? “He was with me at work but he was also my dog, I kept him at home of course! cried Cécile.

Before leaving the patrol, he had to lock a little in his box. He handed the Dutch shepherd’s leash to his partner Julien. A harmless move, unthinkable a few months ago. And that’s not the case with many animals trained to maintain order that always promise exclusive loyalty to their owner.

Working with a dog that is trained to attack is a innovation that non-dog companions need to get used to. “Basically, I’m not comfortable with dogs,” Julien said. And now, without him, he would always stick with me. »

The dog handler instructed the Dutch shepherd to see these bipeds in uniform as allies. Patrol position, specific safety rules to follow: they instead learn to work with the animal. “It’s important, he has to protect them,” he said. And if something happens to me during an intervention, they need to know how to respond to him. »

(1) At the request of the town hall, as a security measure, the first names of the agents are changed.

Nutrition, health and exercise

Until last summer, there were no more municipal police officers qualified as dog handlers in Biarritz. During the night patrols assessment, the City decided to hire a second for the 2022. “There are two night teams rotating according to their days off. This new recruit will make it possible to have a dog permanently on the ground at night, ”described Martine Vals, assistant delegate for public peace.
The dogs are owned by their master who provides them with shelter. The cover – bowls of croquettes for athletes – is on the other hand funded by the City. He also paid for his training and his coaching to keep him at the level, “at the rate of almost 250 euros per year”, as well as his veterinary care and expenses.

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