PC Hall explained: “They are trained to indicate when they smell any drug and then they are rewarded by being given their favourite toy and being made a fuss of. They then link smelling that smell to getting their favourite thing.”
Tosh has been a regular fixture at festivals in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and goes on routine patrols at Southampton Airport, the ferry ports, train stations and night-spots in a bid to help stamp out the supply and use of drugs. He is also a vital tool in engaging with the public as he gets his fair share of attention when in a crowd.
And all he requires after a hard shift on the front line is a chew on his beloved tennis ball and a tickle on the tum.
“He loves to work and really enjoys it but it is time to call it a day,” added PC Hall.
Tosh has now been found a home near Oxford after PC Hall, who has been with the dog unit for nine years, decided he could not keep him.
He said: “Tosh would just get jealous of the other dogs if he saw me taking them to work and not him. It has been really hard, particularly for my two young kids who have grown up with Tosh but it is the right thing to do. After a few weeks with his new owner I am sure he will forget all about me, but he has been a fantastic dog and I will miss him.”
He sniffed out crime for 7 years, now Tosh is off to Civvy Street
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