Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Symbol of the Government of Canada

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Quick facts

  • A dog can search a car in approximately three minutes.
  • A dog can work up to four hours with rest intervals.
  • The healthy PS dogs cost less than $1,000 annually to maintain.
  • A dog starts its police training when it is from 12 to 18 months old.
  • A police dog usually retires at the age of seven.
  • A dog entering the RCMP training program has a 17 per cent chance of succeeding due to the high standards required.
  • It takes from 125 to 150 dogs in order for 35 to 45 teams to graduate.