Workshop on Performance of Working Dogs Commences in Chennai [News]

25 Jul 2014 | by | Posted in: Wag News

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Our canine friends perform many roles and have been known for hunting, pulling sleds, protection, assisting military and police forces, companionship, aiding in health services and people with special needs. The impact of their contribution to the human society truly makes them a “man’s best friend”.

With the rise in importance of canines in different walks of life, especially in military, paramilitary and police force,  Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Tamil Nadu Commando Force and a private Hyderabad based firm, a two day international workforce  to work towards optimising the “Performance of Working Dogs” was inaugurated in Chennai.

At the inauguration of the workshop, Sanjay Arora, Additional Director of Police Operations of Tamil Nadu Commando Force  explained that there is a need for a bigger canine force as they are being deployed in field to sniff drugs and arms, detect explosives, search and rescue during natural disasters and counter insurgencies. Dr Dominique, Professor from National Vet School of Alfort, France reiterated that attention in breeding and selecting a puppy should be clearly defined, especially for working dogs.

Mr. Sanjay also added that it is vital to optimise the performance of dogs available in the force so that maximum productivity can be achieved. This is a pioneer workshop in India and is a part of the silver year celebrations of TANUVAS where representatives from France and TANUVAS are participating. The workshop aims to benchmark a standard for working dogs and define the importance of optimum nutrition on the health and performance of working dogs.

Dr.Dominique Grandjean, Professor at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France) narrated the importance of puppy selection and specific attention in breeding as the objectives for a "show dog" and a "working dog" were totally different. The worskhop should bring about the best of standards for working dogs and their performance across the country.

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