Olympic sniffer dogs in training

The training begins
The training begins

THE borough welcomed some finely tuned bodies for Olympic training this week.

But it wasn’t athletes making use of the facilities at Leigh Sports Village.

It was three sniffer dogs honing their skills in preparation for the biggest sporting event this country has ever hosted.

Adrian Jones, Greater Manchester Police dog training instructor, put the two Springer Spaniels called Blaze and Max and a Labrador named Ebb and their handlers, Dave Shipman, Ian Dale and Jo Watts, through their paces providing them with the challenge of finding small amounts of hidden explosives within the stadium.

All dogs will be put through a week long intensive training course to cope with every eventuality before they head off to London to put their skills into practice for a week at the Olympic Games.

Adrian said that undertaking training within a stadium provides the dogs with the perfect environment ahead of the Olympics.

“I would like to thank Leigh Sports Village for providing their facilities for our training,” he said.

“It was a great help and provided the perfect environment to ensure the dogs and handlers are fully prepared for their duties at the London 2012 Olympics.”