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How puppies become border protectors

Rare dog gets to serve on the border. Sheepdog Otriksu succeeded. Photojournalist Vasily Fedosenko began shooting this history Immediately after the birth of six puppies at the Isolde Shepherd and “led” the dogs before their future was determined.

How puppies become border protectors

Six puppies were born to the Isolde Shepherd in October 2012. Each year, 70-100 candidates for border service appear in the Smorgon dog training center of the border troops. Of these, experts choose completely healthy, not afraid of transport and people who love to play. These dogs are potentially suitable for service in the border troops.

At first, the puppies are fed 5-6 once a day, then the number of meals is gradually reduced. Adult dogs eat twice a day.

The first few months of puppies live together. Gradually, the character of the dogs emerges and some aggression towards each other appears, therefore they are distributed among different enclosures.

1 March 2013 of the year. Otriks goes to the site. Puppies are trained for several months. Although, as employees say, everything is very individual - up to the year the dog is still “raw”, and it requires constant work with itself. Only by two or three years does a dog achieve the best qualities, provided that its owner is active and permanently working.

First, the general course of training is conducted with puppies - the commands “sit”, “lie down”, “come to me”, etc.

1 March 2013 of the year. Otriks and colleagues learn to overcome the obstacle course. At the border, dogs may encounter a variety of barriers; it is important that this does not stop them. At first puppies need to be motivated: use treats, as well as favorite toys. In this case, it is an orange ball:

Gradually, the dogs are no longer afraid of heights and fire. Otriks Isolt's mom in the dog training center not only gives birth to puppies, but also participates in various competitions and demonstration performances.

Difficult moments in training - the execution of commands at some distance, or, for example, work on the trail in the heat, when the dog is required to endurance.

After the general course, dogs specialize - the employees choose already matured puppies to work with drugs, explosives, or work on the trail. Those puppies that do not fit the quality of service in the army are offered for sale to the civilian population.

In the picture, Olya is a shepherd from the same litter in private possessions with the owner Ekaterina Smolenskaya. Part of Otriks’s fellows remained in the center for further breeding, the rest were bought by “civilians”. Sheep-dogs cost 1,5-2,7 million rubles.

Otriks was selected to work on the trail.

18 July 2013, Otriks, along with the owner Vitaly Timofeev, patrolled the border in the area of ​​the Yarevo border post. Vitali knows Otriks from his birth, he trained him himself, and then went to the service station in the Smorgon border guard group, on the border with Lithuania.

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  1. Gur
    Gur 16 August 2013 08: 47
    Ah handsome, I love shepherd dogs, only here according to the article did not understand 1.5-2.7 lyam for sabaku?
    1. 225chay
      225chay 16 August 2013 09: 23
      Quote: GUR
      Ah handsome, I love shepherd dogs, but according to the article I didn’t understand 1.5-2.7 lyam for a dog?

      Promotional article!
      1,5 lemons per puppy? This is too much...
      Yeah "buy puppies from Isolde"
      1. Gamdlislyam
        Gamdlislyam 16 August 2013 12: 00
        Quote: 225chay
        Promotional article! 1,5 lemons per puppy? This is too much ... Yeah "buy puppies from Isolde"

        Dear colleague 225chay, take a closer look at the border post - this is the Belarusian post. And stripes on the left hand with the flag of Belarus among girls.
        1. tforik
          tforik 16 August 2013 22: 57
          And Russia has no border with Lithuania. Belarusian rubles!
          1. ICT
            ICT 17 August 2013 00: 00
            there is such a city, its inhabitants in the name of concession are called KOENIG (the capital of the whole region with the main base of the Baltic Fleet). EVALUATION BY GEOGRAPHY today is two balls. lol
  2. Hemi cuda
    Hemi cuda 16 August 2013 08: 59
    Good subariki) thanks for the article.
  3. Trailer
    Trailer 16 August 2013 09: 03
    Sorry for the dogs who are sent to specialize in drugs. Do you know why?
    1. Ivan79
      Ivan79 16 August 2013 09: 17
      We don’t know, write a few words.
    2. 225chay
      225chay 16 August 2013 09: 25
      Quote: Karavan
      Sorry for the dogs who are sent to specialize in drugs. Do you know why?

      Training of dogs for a special course is carried out by interest in a certain smell, and not at all by feeding drugs or explosives
    3. tambourine 2012
      tambourine 2012 16 August 2013 13: 15
      SP-80 is much worse and from the smell of HB nothing will happen to the dog if not fed
    4. ICT
      ICT 16 August 2013 15: 13
      Quote: Karavan
      sent to specialize in drugs.

      if you mean that they become drug addicts, then this is a misconception, just any bloodhounds serve very little (in the sense of their working phase is very short, then they are usually transferred to the guard and guard service)

      and so I add for the overall development, the shortest life of working hunting huskies
  4. Kovrovsky
    Kovrovsky 16 August 2013 09: 10
    Thanks to the author! Detailed story and photos are good.
  5. Ivan79
    Ivan79 16 August 2013 09: 19
    What handsome men, ah!
  6. RBLip
    RBLip 16 August 2013 10: 09
    Quote: GUR
    Ah handsome, I love shepherd dogs, only here according to the article did not understand 1.5-2.7 lyam for sabaku?

    These are Belarusian rubles. 2,7 Lyama hares, approximately 10000 Russian.
    1. alex-cn
      alex-cn 16 August 2013 15: 36
      Well, at least I’ve decoded it, otherwise my ears are hanging from such a price. You can build an entire nursery for that kind of money.
      1. carbofo
        carbofo 19 August 2013 13: 39
        10000 Russian rubles, is that cheap? for the breeding shepherd!
        Although it may be ok for business, but I was voiced by numbers of the order of ~ 30 000 Rr. I admit that this is the price of a club show dog.
  7. Hleb
    Hleb 16 August 2013 13: 10
    cool dogs! western european type
    1. Genry
      Genry 16 August 2013 17: 55
      Quote: Gleb
      Western European type

      Western European? Wanted to say German?
      They have a slightly different standard. They are generally smaller in size,
      darker, and a very characteristic arch of the back, like a stretched bow, so it seems that the hind legs are short.
      And these are not very strict pedigrees, the main quality is performance (brains, scent, sportiness) and not the exterior.
      In the photo of the puppy in her arms, it can be seen that "the grandmother walked with someone" to improve the health of the offspring.
      1. Hleb
        Hleb 16 August 2013 19: 29
        just wanted to say western European type.naturally this is a German shepherd. but our dog is no less German, but the type is East European. I like the VEO more on the exterior, but more often we see in the service of the "Germans" and it is not by chance. just characteristic of the "German", which are actually in the photo. I will not argue about the exterior, but "u_b_l_yu_d_k_i" are not needed, and there is no need to reinvent the bicycle with a cross. There is an excellent breed bred in Germany and there is no need to improve it, so mixing up pure Germans, how can you ruin?
  8. PValery53
    PValery53 19 August 2013 15: 11
    Dogs are happy when they serve Man. So it was ordained, probably, by God. Only a dog has developed a sense of duty and selflessness for the sake of the owner. We are even ready to endow her with even more "advanced" human qualities. Thanks to Mother Nature that dogs live with us, our friends. ("With the exception of smoking and drinking, our dogs have the same habits and virtues that we do." W. Churchill?)
  9. Postovoi
    Postovoi 21 August 2013 20: 57
    I have a book "You've got a puppy", 1975 (maybe someone remembers this), there are written, you can say, advice on how border guards raise shepherd puppies, I don’t know if there is something like that on sale now, but I think that such a manual will help just good dog training. :)