Pets training as rescue dogs

SUPER-DOGS they are not, but Ronnie, Rascal and Piper could one day be saving lives. 

These adorable retrievers are among a team of volunteer dogs being trained to search for missing people. 

At a moment’s notice, these household pets would snap into emergency mode, and dive nose-first into a disaster zone to sniff out survivors trapped under rubble. 

Or they and their owners will race against time to track down children missing in forest. 

About 20 dogs of different breeds are now being trained to support the eight full-time  

rescue dogs used by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF). 

The SCDF started the volunteer dog programme three years ago.  

The owners and their dogs love the weekly training sessions at the SCDF’s Mandai Training Village. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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