Could you adopt a RAAF security dog?

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Elvis

Elvis (pictured above) is a three year-old male German Shepherd bred at the Royal Australian Air Force Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS).

Elvis, along with nine other Belgian Malinois dogs—two males and eight females, varying from 15 months to seven years-old—are seeking loving new homes. They will all be available for viewing shortly to give prospective owners an opportunity to meet the dogs, and for the dogs to meet you.

Unfortunately, the majority of these pooches have failed to display the attributes required of a Military Working Dog. However, the only thing ‘wrong’ with most of these dogs is that they have an affectionate disposition, lacking in aggression.

Other dogs have failed to meet the strict health requirements for breeding or are mothers requiring a comfortable retirement. All canines have been assessed as suitable for pet life and are of a friendly nature. Some, however, maybe a little too boisterous and unsuitable for homing with young children.

These canines are mostly untrained; they may acknowledge basic commands but for the most part have no basic obedience training. However, they are indeed trainable and basic obedience training is highly recommended. It is further recommended that anyone interested thoroughly research the Belgian Malinois breed as they are not a suitable pet for everyone.

Pedigree papers are not available but all canines have been microchipped, de-sexed and fully vaccinated.

If you think you could provide a loving home for one of these pups, you must submit a written monetary offer for your desired canine, as well as outline the intended care and use of the dog via a questionnaire. Questionnaires will be provided on the day of viewing.

Although canines are required to be tendered, the monetary offer may not necessarily secure the desired canine. All applications will be assessed by a board who will determine the most suitable home with the best interests of the applicable canine in mind.

Canines will be available for viewing on Friday 7 September, between the hours of 10am and 11.30am at Military Working Dog Training and Supply Flight, RAAFSFS, corner of Haigslea Amberley Road and Tarakan Road, RAAF Base Amberley.

Tenders will be finalised Wednesday 12 September. To be eligible to tender, prospective owners or a representative must be available to view the canines on the outlined viewing day. Applications will be supplied on the day. All enquiries can be emailed toraaf.puppycarers@defence.gov.au.

May you find your fur-rever friend!