Coronavirus Pandemic

Photos: How UAE cops are training dogs for Covid mission

Photos by M. Sajjad

Published on March 12, 2021 at 21.59

Soon, UAE residents will be seeing a mobile unit of police dogs that would be playing a bigger role in the pandemic fight — sniffing out potential Covid cases in the city.

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Police dogs have been helping Covid frontliners: The police’s K9 unit has been on the job of detecting virus cases at the country’s airports and borders since last year. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Interior announced that the dogs will soon be deployed at major events to alert authorities to possible Covid-positive individuals. Covid detection will be done without direct contact between the dogs and suspected cases. Instead, scent samples are presented to the dog in specialised medical kits inside the vehicle.
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Dogs need three months of training to qualify for a mission: Different breeds of dogs are in the unit and all breeds are recognised globally as the best for the job. The force has Labradors, German Shepherds and Cocker Spaniels, among others. Each trainer spends two to three months to help a dog qualify for a job, the officer added. “Within the last two years, the Dubai Police have been importing trained dogs that can be ready for field mission within two to three weeks.”
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