The Regina Police Service Canine team members are the only full-time members of the Emergency Services section. Each team member is partnered with and works exclusively with his own dog. All of the dogs are German Shepherds, except for three Belgian Shepherds. Team members and dogs initially go through a standard 16-week training period and then participate in ongoing training throughout the year. The Canine Unit’s primary value is in its ability to support patrol. Canine members can be at the scene, almost immediately, of an armed robbery, auto theft, break and enter or weapons offence. The dogs add their tracking ability and speed to patrol investigations and often assist in apprehending suspects. Canine members also visit schools regularly and do demonstrations for community groups. It’s important to note that the dogs go home at the end of each shift with their human partners. Training never seeks to erase the dogs’ naturally social behaviour. Even though each dog functions as a highly trained member of a team, each dog is also a pet, companion and family member.
Sgt. Gunderson works with PSD Juno
Cpl. Lorence works with PSD Kruz (narcotics) and PSD Axle (general purpose)
Cst. Wyatt works with PSD Jax (narcotics and general purpose)
Cst. Fox works with PSD Nixon (in training for narcotics) and PSD Jack (general purpose)
Cst. Keshane works with PSD Rakon
Cst. Sabo works with PSD Jaeger
Cst. Beitel works with PSD Zeke
K9 Team Facts
- Experience: Currently the most experienced dogs in the unit are brothers. PSD Kruz and PSD Juno joined in 2008.
- Price: Canines range in cost from virtually free when we have done in house breeding of pups up to high levels like $10,000 when they are purchased from a breeder or broker.
- Weight: The average weight of our dogs ranges from 70-85lbs.
- Career: Canines career’s vary in length and depend highly on the animal’s health and ability to perform their duties. It also depends on the handler’s desire to stay in the canine section. We typically start a dog into police work between 12 months and 2 years of age. The term in canine is 5-7 years with two 1 year extensions available. The handler is expected to do at minimum 5 years in the spot but can remain for 7 without special request. So you can see how the career length may vary from 5 years up to 9. The teams “retire” together under normal circumstances leaving the dogs usually between 7-10 years old.
- Diet: Each canine in the unit is on a diet that has been found to be best suited to that animal. Most are on a high quality kibble product that is additionally supplemented by other products to support joints, immunites, and digestive system. One of our canine’s is also on a raw diet consisting of raw beef. He is also supplemented as listed above.
- Training: Canine “basic” training is a 16-18 week course where the inexperienced canine and handler are paired together and learn to perform the functions that are required to provide canine service to the community. Ultimately the team must “qualify” at the end and then each year after to the Saskatchewan Provincial Standard for Police Dogs. The standard sets out the minimums that each team must be able to perform in order to provide service to the community in the following areas : Tracking, Person Search, Evidence Search, and Criminal Apprehension. The teams must also demonstrate their ability to pass the standard’s criteria for basic agility and obedience. As a result, the daily exercises during basic training revolve around all of these areas. At the conclusion of basic training, as mentioned, the teams must continue to maintenance train in each of these areas year round in order to pass their annual qualifications.
- Name: Dogs typically have come to us with names given at the time of their birth, assigned by litter. In some cases they have been changed by the handler at their perogative. In other cases, usually during times when puppies have come to the unit, the section has run naming competitions. PSD’s Juno and Kruz were named through a competition ran for Regina elementary school youth in 2007.