Cute Pups Being Trained By Fairfax County Police

When a cute pup enters a room, everyone wants to cuddle him. Research says that it is due to the release oxytocin hormone which is also referred to as the “cuddle chemical”. That is a big reason why Fairfax County police have decided to employ them. The Fairfax County police are of the view that they will be a big help in their attempts to deal with stress for officers on the job and for the public at large.

Holmes

According to wtop.com, “Holmes, a golden retriever, is one of five dogs being trained in a pilot program for the Fairfax County Police Department. He and the other four dogs involved in the training were recently introduced to the public during a meet-and-greet event at department headquarters.

Three will eventually become service dogs for retired, disabled first responders.

Two will stay on with the department and work as therapy dogs, deployed to critical incidents to offer comfort to first responders and to members of the community who are on scene.”

Jill Milloy is the handler of Holmes. She is not only a dog trainer but also a clinical psychologist with the Police Department.

Milloy said, “While Holmes is still a puppy and it’s early in his training, he’s already having a positive effect at police headquarters. Everybody knows that the dog walks in the room, grown men roll on the floor, everyone’s smiling, everyone wants to pet him. It changes the whole dynamic in the room.”

As per wtop.com, “Having a dog present at a critical incident can make such a difference for the mental health of all those present — not just police, but crime victims and witnesses, too.

“When you’re involved in a critical event, your heart rate is up,” Milloy said. “A high heart rate is one of the variables that are related to the potential of having a traumatic event stick with you.”

So having a dog who’s trained to offer comfort can make a difference.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.