Adopt a Training Dog

Occasionally we have training dogs that lack the necessary qualities, behavioral traits and inherent working drive that is required to become a Police Dog. Although these dogs are not suitable to become Police dogs they would be excellent companions in a home or family environment. As a result, we will sometimes offer these dogs for sale to members of the public who are involved in our Dog Adoption Program. If you are interested in joining our Dog Adoption Program please complete the APPLICATION FORM and return to the email address provided so that you can be added to the list and notified when dogs become available.


The NSWPF Forster Carer Program was established to develop suitable dogs to be trained for duty within the NSWPF Dog Unit.

Preparing dogs to commence training in any of the demanding disciplines covered by the Dog Unit (general purpose, drug detection, explosive detection, cadaver detection, blood detection) is a full time undertaking and that is why the Dog Unit relies upon and appreciates the support of members of the community via our Dog Unit Foster Carers Program.

The enthusiasm, dedication and perseverance of Foster Carers is imperative to the endeavours of the NSWPF Dog Unit in preparing puppies for entry onto a Police Dog Training Course.  Foster Carers will have the opportunity to be a part of, and participate in the development of future Police Dogs.

Successful applicants will be responsible for the kennelling and security of their assigned dog; daily development activities; ensuring the daily health requirements are met and ensuring dogs are ready for their regular Dog Unit visits.  .

Dogs in our Foster Carer Program regularly return to the Dog Unit for ongoing and specific development training and therefore Dog Unit staff will require access to our fostered dogs to facilitate those contacts. Successful Foster Carer Applicants will be required to attend a Foster Carer Induction day and may be invited to help participate in ongoing development activities.

Foster Carers are volunteers and all activities are conducted in their own time. Foster Carers need to be willing to socialise their assigned dog in different environments at different times of the day and night.  Dogs in the Foster Carer Program vary in age from 12 weeks to15 months old and as such successful Forster Carer applicants need to be able to handle strong active dogs.

Applicants will be subject to a yard vulnerability assessment by Dog Unit staff and must have a yard that is no less than 40 square metres, secured by a boundary fence that is at least 1.5 metres high and able to house a 1.4 x 1.8 metre kennel within that yard.  Food, kennel and equipment is provided by the Dog Unit. Foster Carers need to reside within the Sydney Metro area.

Those interested in the Foster Carer Program should send a completed application form to the Dog Development Training Coordinator, Police Dog Unit, 581 Old Illawarra Road, Menai, NSW, 2234.

NSW Police Dog Unit Foster Carer Application Form

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 two years;
  • 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: Dog Development Coordinator
Fax: 9541 9712