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A police dog has been sacked from his job because it is just too friendly to be in the force. One year old Gavel loves rolling over and having his belly rubbed rather than standing to attention and looking menacing.
The police dog-in-training failed to make the final cut for Queensland Police Service in Australia because of his overly-sociable temperament. But luckily, he was offered a new role welcoming visitors to Brisbane’s Government House as Governor Paul de Jersey’s official Vice-Regal Dog.
According to Daily Mirror, spokesman for Queensland Government House said: “Gavel arrived at Government House in April last year as a six-week-old puppy. “It was intended that he would undergo a training and socialisation programme preparing to become a Queensland Police Service Dog.
But like many aspiring QPS Dogs, Gavel did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line. Not all dogs display this, and Gavel proved himself to be quite sociable.
He is better suited to life as a ceremonial dog and will instead now spend his working days at Fernberg, where he has become a much-loved part of Government House life.” .
Gavel was brought to the prestigious 40-acre Fernberg residence in Paddington, Brisbane as part of the 16-month dog squad training and socialisation programme.
He was one of 40 budding police hounds sent to foster homes across Queensland but was the only one to not be fostered by a QPS officer. But despite having a prestigious family bloodline which saw him related to five current working QPS dogs, playful Gavel didn’t make the cut and was let go by the force.