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Run, train, groom, repeat — a day in the life of a dog at army’s training centre in Meerut

The army mainly trains Labs, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, but the centre also has indigenous breeds, like Mudhol Hound, Chippiparai, Kombai & Rajapalayam in its programme.

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Meerut: At the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre (RVC) in Meerut, over 500 dogs are trained to meet the requirements of different units of the Indian Army. The centre takes care of these dogs right from birth till the time they retire from army duty.

The army would mainly breed three kinds of dogs — Labradors, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. But indigenous dogs, like the Mudhol Hound, Chippiparai, Kombai, and Rajapalayam, made the cut after 2016 as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the army said.

The army stopped using the Belgian Malinois for training sessions between 2011 and 2018 to study their psychology better, the army said.

The RVC Centre is also currently training a few Cocker Spaniels to detect Covid. Deployed at transit camps, they were able to detect Covid-positive urine and sweat samples.

On a typical day, a dog at the RVC Centre begins his/her day early with a 4-5 km run. Then, their temperatures are taken and their training begins. This is followed by grooming sessions and meals.

ThePrint’s photojournalist brings you a day in the lives of these young, energetic dogs.

Labradors with their handlers | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Labradors with their handlers at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Pups aged between three to five years | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Puppies at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Labradors form a lotus | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Labradors form a lotus during a training session at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut  | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador sniffs a mining field | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A sniffer dog detects a mine during a training session at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador on search operation in dense fields | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador on a search and tracking operation at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Belgian Malinois are known for its agility and aggression | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Belgian Malinois, a breed known for its agility and aggression, at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
German Shepherds for protection tasks like infantry patrolling and guard duties. In this photo, a German Shepherd during field training | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
In this photo, a German Shepherd during field training for infantry patrolling at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut|  Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Handlers groom their dogs, this is an everyday session | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Handlers groom their dogs at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre — a daily routine. | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
An Indigenous dogs during one of the training session | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
An indigenous dog during one of the training sessions at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut|  Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Belgian Malinois trained for combat on field | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Belgian Malinois being trained for combat at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador dog treated at the nursing centre| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador being treated at the nursing centre at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Dogs stand in a queue to eat meals | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Dogs eat their meals at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador performing stunts | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Labrador performing stunts at the Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut| Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Army dogs that have retired find their home back at RVC centre | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Retired army find a home at the RVC Centre | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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