Yellows assist security firm with sniffer dog training

Training exercise

Training exercise: Bryan Maddern (left) and Tony Branch of BKS with sniffer dog Shadow at the Yellow Buses’ depot.

YELLOW Buses came to the rescue when a security firm needed a large vehicle to train one of its sniffer dogs.

The Shire Operator of the Year gave the green light for BKS Security Services to train Charlie, a one-year-old yellow Labrador, at its Bournemouth depot.

As part of an eight-week training programme run by Surrey Police, dogs need to familiarise themselves with large vehicles, such as buses.

Bryan Maddern, BKS’ Managing Director, said: “Previously the closest we’ve got to a bus is exercising the dogs alongside a road. Obviously we have a problem if they subsequently panic.

“Allowing us to train Charlie at the bus depot avoids this and was very useful. We’re grateful to Yellow Buses for their help.”

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Unusual request: Dog handler Tony Branch allows Charlie, a yellow Labrador, to get acquainted with one of Yellow Buses’ vehicles.

Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing, said: “This is one of the more unusual requests we’ve received but we were pleased to assist.”

Founded eight years ago, BKS Security Services is based in Verwood, Dorset, with offices also in Exmouth, Devon, and on the Isle of Wight.

The company, which has a turnover in excess of £1 million, employs 70 staff rising to more than 140 in the summer months. Its services range from guarding to alarm response and keyholding.

Charlie is one of two passive drugs dogs owned by BKS. The other, Shadow, is a 17-month-old black Labrador.

Last year BKS deployed its passive drugs dog team to three major events including the summer solstice at Stonehenge where the company worked alongside sniffer dogs from Wiltshire, Hampshire and Gloucester police forces.