Puppy Raising Program

The NSW Police Dog Unit is currently looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people to volunteer their time in socialising and developing young potential Police Dogs.

Raising a young potential Police Dog is a huge responsibility but one which is very rewarding.

Are you able to become a NSW Police Puppy Raiser? Can you answer 'YES' to the following?

  • You live in Sydney, no further than Penrith, Wollongong or Hornsby.
  • You have no other dogs on your property.
  • You have a fully fenced back yard with adequate shade and shelter from the elements.
  • You would not mind the NSW Police Dog Unit erecting a small portable puppy run in your backyard to house the pup in.
  • You are prepared to house train the pup which could mean a few messes on your new carpet!
  • You would be happy to play with the pup under the guidance of trained NSW Police Dog Unit staff to develop the puppy's play drive.
  • You would be able to accommodate the puppy's initial feeding requirements of 2 - 3 meals per day, on a recommended diet from the NSW Police Dog Unit.
  • You could teach the puppy how to correctly walk on lead based on the requirements of the NSW Police Dog Unit.
  • You could provide a pup with the exercise and attention it requires.
  • You are prepared to teach the puppy manners based upon the guidelines given to you by the NSW Police Dog Unit.
  • You are able to socialise the puppy in many different places and expose him to various sounds, sights and smells.
  • You can groom the potential Police dog daily.
  • You are vigilant and able to detect early signs of illness or injury.
  • You can tolerate naughty puppy behaviour such as chewing, digging, nipping and jumping.

In return, The NSW Police Dog Unit supplies the puppy's food, all necessary equipment, any required medication and all veterinary expenses.

All NSW Police Puppy Raisers are required to attend an Induction Day at the Dog Unit, Menai where you receive information about how to raise the potential Police Dog. You will receive ongoing support and training from the NSW Police Dog Unit.

You will be rewarded with the experience of raising a prospective Police Dog. You will be proud with the satisfaction of knowing that your time and input has helped your puppy become a valued and important member of the NSW Police Service.

If you believe that you can assist in developing a potential Police Dog, please speak to the NSW Police Dog Unit Puppy Raising Co-ordinator or call the Dog Unit on 9541 9744.

PDFs of related forms

Police Dog Donation

Does your dog have what it takes to be a Police Dog?

A potential police dog must display:

  • High desire to play tug-o-war and fetch and article;
  • Physically sound and fit to carry out strenuous duties;
  • Intelligent, bold and keen to please;
  • No older than 18 months;
  • German Shepherd, Rottweiler or Belgian Malinois with certificate of pedigree or have the ability to obtain such certificate;
  • In good health and up to date with all vaccinations, intestinal worming and heart worm preventative;
  • Must be of sound temperament.

If you believe your dog does have what the NSW Police Force requires in a potential Police Dog and would like to have your dog assessed by the NSW Police, please fill out the Canine Acquisition form and fax to;


NSW Police Dog Unit
Attn: Puppy Raising Coordinator
Fax: 9541 9712