Border dogs. What is the service of four-legged Border Guard officers?

Border Patrol on the Polish-Belarusian border near Terespol, photo: PAP / Wojtek Jargiło

Dogs are constantly queuing at the border checkpoint in Terespol, as well as on the green border along the Bug River. It’s a wild river, the terrain is unpredictable, the situation is different, and we need to be vigilant at all times and in all places, said Captain Dariusz Sienicki, a spokesman for the Bug River Border Guard Union (NOSG).

Erys protects the green border

At the Terespol border post on the Bug River, a PAP reporter spoke with German shepherd Erys and Terespol Border Guard staff sergeant Piotr Tomczuk, who patrols the green border. “The service dog must be courageous, resistant to shocks, distractions, reversible and have an excellent sense of smell.“Tomczuk said. Eris is five years old, a patrol and defense dog. During the conversation with Tomczuk, the dog did not take his eyes off the journalist, he was always vigilant and attentive. He observed his behavior and is a guide and controls the environment with his eyes.”We have been serving with Erys for three years. Our responsibilities include protecting the state border in terms of people and traces that may indicate that the state border has been crossed illegally. Erys works great and is invaluable“- Tomczuk said. After the service, the dog returns home with a guide. As Tomczuk added, even at home Erys does not leave him behind.” We are always together. Erys likes to play with the ball, take it, look for the ball, ”Tomczuk said.

Dogs at the border

As a spokesman for the Nadbuzański Border Guard Union (NOSG), Captain. Dariusz Sienicki dogs are constantly queuing on the green border along the Bug River. “We are in one of the posts of the Border Guard and the Polish Army patrol in Terespol. The security patrol consists of two officers and a service dog. During the patrol, officers inspect the shoreline of the Bug and check for any traces in the area that could indicate illegal migration from a foreign country to our country.“Dogs help a lot during patrols, because” Insects are wild rivers, the terrain is unpredictable, situations are different and we have to be vigilant at all times and in all places. “Therefore, the border patrols 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “There are always soldiers on the border, officers with dogs, they check and control the borders. We are there and we think about the security of citizens and the whole country,” Sienicki concluded.

Gabi detects drugs at the border crossing

Dogs serve not only at the green border, but also at border crossings looking for illicit substances and tobacco products. Called the Raspberry by his guide, Gabi is a German Shepherd dog specializing in drug detection. He works with a guide at the border checkpoint in Terespol. “We serve together for a relatively short time, about a year. For me, Raspberry works very well, is intense and very focused on work“Malina’s guardian, Marcin Sierka, a low-ranking Border Guard officer in Terespol, said animals have always been in his life, so when the opportunity arose, he volunteered to work as a dog caretaker.” This. is my second dog. I worked with the first biscuit Labrador for about 10 years. She was a woman who specialized in the search for tobacco products. We served a little together, “he recalls.After years of serving dogs, I can say that bitches are more attached to the manager than dogs and pay more attention to tasks.He assessed.

Sierka and Malina have regular service hours from 7 am to 7 pm or from 7 pm to 7 pm. The place of service depends on where a dog with a certain specialty is needed. “Today we are working at the intersection in Terespol, and at the same time we are going to the railway crossing or the crossing in Kukuryki.. We also work with customs officers at truck depots in Koroszczyn and inspect cargo. Today there is calm at the border checkpoint in Terespol, as there is little traffic in both the entrance and exit directions. But every day is different, “he said.

Work like fun

There is always a ball in the dog’s pocket. This is an important part of daily service. “Working with a dog is a form of play. Receives a reward in the form of balls and fun when marking the place where the banned substance is hidden. It can also be a treatment that the dog prefers. But first and foremost, Malina has a ball, ”Sierka said, adding that“ during her many years of service, her dogs ate a lot of balls because there were so many donations and rewards. He knows very well that the ball is here. This is the best reward for his work. He despises food, ”the guide laughs.

Improvement trainings are held every week

Drug-seeking dogs are retrained weekly. “We collect odor samples from the ward or do odor recognition in the trunk or outside. We always remind you not to let your dog lose its ability to serve“- he explained.” If I decided to become a guide and serve a dog again, I would do the same. I have never regretted this decision, “he said.

The services mostly work with German and Belgian Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Gold Retrievers and Terriers. During the service, the dog usually works with a manager. The service lasts about 10 years, after which the dog retires and is most often looked after by its current owner. (PAP)

Author: Agnieszka Gorczyca

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