The police dog brigade in Gard: on the trail of a lost child or the hunt for a criminal on the run

The Saint-Hubert dogs of the military, mobilized in the search for missing persons, have an incredible sense of smell.

Mobilized the day before on the trail of a lost senior in the Pyrénées-Orientales, Jupiter is already back in training, in Nîmes, this Saturday, October 22.

The goal of Jupiter, to lead his lord to

The goal of Jupiter, lead its lord to the “goal” and obtain a reward.
Dinner for free – Mikael Anisset

At 8 years old, this 52 kilo Saint-Hubert is the only tracking dog in the dog brigade of the Gard Gendarmerie. “ These calm dogs, who persevere with the hunting instinct, have a unique sense of smell, much more developed than that of other breeds.details the master of JupiterMajor Bruno Mourier, at the head of the brigade.

Today, a light exercise is carried out for the pooch, equipped with his ”National Gendarmerie” bib, in the premises of the Nîmes police academy, where a playful gendarme has hidden somewhere.

Like his counterparts, Jupiter wears an identifiable uniform.  Here stamped a harness

Like his counterparts, Jupiter wears an identifiable uniform. Here a harness stamped “National Gendarmerie”.
Dinner for free – Mikael Anisset

In a short time, Saint-Hubert must then find the soldier, hidden in the place – huge! – consists of countless buildings.

Looking for the “goal”

Sitting at the Major’s feet, Jupiter first takes deep breaths into a cooler bag held tightly around the nose for a few seconds. A bag containing, as in real interventions, a personal effect of its “target”, here a metal pin.

Smell a personal effect of the deceased to detect his scent.

Smell a personal effect of the deceased to detect his scent.
Dinner for free – Mikael Anisset

In a few minutes, never take your nose off the ground, Jupiter concentrated, crosses the spot and leads his master directly to the target, yet hidden hundreds of meters from him behind bushes. Immediately the animal places its two paws on the shoulders of the found gendarme to indicate to the major the end of the mission and the time of his reward.

Treats and hugs of congratulations, which are essential to motivate the animal, can be mobilized at any time at the request of local authorities or other departments. Jupiter is wagging his tail and already looks ready to leave tomorrow in search of a lost child or a criminal on the run.

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