Misfit German shepherd stops street robber after graduating at Keston dog training school (From News Shopper)
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Misfit German shepherd stops street robber after graduating at Keston dog training school
A RESCUE dog too lively for a family and rejected by police forces across the country has defied the odds by graduating at Keston's elite dog training school.
Since then Dizzee the German shepherd has stopped a street robber in Ealing and helped arrest someone indecently exposing themselves in a west London park.
A year ago he was in the care of pet charity Blue Cross but his strength and energy made him unsuitable as a family pet.
The one-year-old needed a working role, but was rejected by every police force that Blue Cross contacted.
As concerns grew he would be 'unemployed' forever, his luck changed.
With the pup becoming increasingly stressed in kennels, Blue Cross called the Metropolitan Police and persuaded them to give Dizzee a trial at Keston's Dog Training Establishment.
In less than eight months Dizzee qualified as a general purpose police dog, graduating in July this year.
Dizzee's handler, Police Constable Marc Clancy, said: "When I first met Dizzee he was a handful and he had no discipline, but deep down I knew that he was a nice dog who just wanted to be loved and cared for, and to have his energy channelled into the right place.
"Most of our dogs start their training when they are puppies so Dizzee had a lot of catching up to do, and it's credit to the instructors at the dog school who worked so hard with him that he managed to do it.
"I'm always nervous when it comes to the test stage but I was quietly confident that Dizzee and I could pull it together and make it through. He didn't let me down."
Dizzee now lives with his handler and his family.
PC Clancy added: "He hates days off and wants to be at work all the time. Dizzee thinks all his Christmases have come at once now he has a job that he loves."
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