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Title:Students take the lead with training
Author:Doncaster College 
ID & Publication:20140311019 ~ 
 Doncaster College (6kb)

Doncaster College students have been doing their bit to prevent criminals from entering the country with drugs, explosives and weapons by volunteering to help the police with sniffer dog training at Robin Hood Airport.

Students from the Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care based at the Northern Racing College had to pretend to be ordinary travelers going about their business at the Airport.
They had to act out a variety of scenarios to test the dog’s skills over a number of different situations.

Karen Smith, lecturer at the College said
‘The South Yorkshire Police contacted us to ask us if we could assist them with the training of their sniffer dogs by providing them with some students to act as travelers at the Airport. Obviously we thought that this was a fantastic opportunity for our learners and so didn't hesitate to organise it. The learners were taught about training methods and were also given demonstrations of how the dogs are trained to search the environment, not just people, for drugs, explosives and weapons.
The Police know the students are interested in working with animals so would rather have volunteers who are interested in the work.
The learners came back absolutely buzzing! ‘

Collectively, the students chorused, ‘We really enjoyed the experience and it provided us with an invaluable insight into this line of work. We can't wait to get involved again.’

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Charlotte Palmer, 17, Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care student at Doncaster College with Basil the sniffer dog. (132kb)  
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