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Recruiting foster carers, Customs aims to strengthen detector dog breeding and training performance

  • Data Source:Customs Administration Secretariat


    Bravo! Taiwan Customs Detector Dog Breeding and Training Center (DDBTC) announced and welcomed 16 new-born pups joining the detector dog family. Those new-born pups are cared in excellent health and may invigorate future capabilities of the detector dog teams. To date, Customs Administration has deployed 41 detector dogs across 4 regional customs. The detector dog units, as a powerful detection tool for border protection, have assisted in drug seizures with 9,166 kilograms.

    To have puppies best nurtured and well trained in socialization, Customs Administration has been proactively promoting the foster carer program. Foster carer refers to those who provide custody or guardianship for pups with required dwelling and residential environments. Foster carers are liable for pup nurturing from 2-month to around 1-year old in accordance with Customs guidance. This allows pups quickly get used to multiple environment and adapt to diverse working scenarios when they are grown up. Foster carer program is beneficial for improving successful rate of pup training. To present, 339 foster carers have devoted their efforts in socialization training of 352 pups. With rigorous qualifications, successful training rate is around 20 percent, which is quite competitive with other developed countries.

    To fully take use of potential breeding capacity, DDBTC has been proactively cooperating with other government agencies and providing some pups to be trained as other types of working dog. These cooperative partners include but not limited to Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture (quarantine dog), local government fire department (search and rescue dog), etc. This transfer policy has leveraged the national common shared resources to maximize the margin effect.

    If you are interested in joining the foster carer program, please refer to the website of the Customs Detector Dog Program for more information. (Website)


  • Publish Date:2019-08-01
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