A photo that surfaced on social media recently captures the moment that a group of well-trained Chinese police dogs demonstrate that they are capable of teaching humans a lesson in discipline and orderliness.
The photo shows six police dogs, including a black Labrador – which heads the line – and five German shepherds, sitting in a straight line with their plates in their mouths as they await their turn – no doubt with eager anticipation — to be served by the trainer.
Although it is not known where in China the photo was taken, the Daily Mail reports it was likely taken at a Chinese police academy. The news site notes that previous photos taken at a Zhejiang police dog training center show that dogs are usually required to queue up for their dinner.
Hopefully, the trainer rewards well-behaved dogs with an extra serving.
“If only humans could be taught to line up this orderly for food.”
“That lab in the front looks like it’s a random dog trying to sneak in for some free food, hoping no one notices it.”
“Sneaking in for free/more food, yup most certainly a lab: P.”
But the level of discipline and orderliness displayed by the police dogs should not come as a surprise. It takes a lot of discipline to be a police dog. Police dogs assist officers in a wide variety of law enforcement activities, including detaining criminals, sniffing out drugs and explosive devices, and tracking criminals over long distances.
The website Pets Loving posted a photo (see below) showing Finnish border patrol dogs performing the same trick in the 1940s.
According to the Chinese People’s Daily, a trainer based in Hangzhou explained that some of the traits Chinese trainers look for in police dogs are a big appetite, good looks, courage, and possessiveness.
“A good police dog needs to meet these four requirements: good looking, big appetite, courageous and possessive.”
Last week, police officers from around China gathered in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, in the Heilongjiang province, to attend a course in dog training.
Chinese police dogs are typically trained to very high and exacting standards.
These polite and well-behaved dogs should remind us of an etiquette of behavior in public places: That it is rude to jump the queue or try to demand service ahead of others who got there before us.
[Image: Reddit via Yahoo News; PetsLoving.com]