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The most popular service skills learning course: NCHU Care for Life Association assists in the training of detector puppies

The detector puppies were in the university campus for the first time undergoing dog training in social skills and it has since become the most popular service skills learning course! National Chung Hsing University's Life Caring Association and Detector Dog Training Center at the Customs Administration Bureau, Ministry of Finance opened a course on “Detector Dog Training Program” and this has allowed NCHU to be the first university in Taiwan that has put in efforts on such a course.

There are 20 detector puppies that were in school campus, making contact and interaction with different people, surrounding noise and contingencies, increasing their adaptability to the environment. The students responded enthusiastically to the training of the national detector puppies. At present, they have planned to start classes to foster cooperation in the next semester.

NCHU Life Caring Association was established seven years ago and has long been involved in the school's TNR for stray dogs and cats and conceptual outreach. The service skills learning courses offered this year covers participation in the detector program, care for dogs and cats and etc., consisting of 2 hours per week, for a total of 18 weeks. There are a total of 61 persons that signed up for the course, which is the largest number among all service skills learning courses offered by the civil group. Among the registrants, 20 participated in the social skills training of detector puppies. Students in this training session are required to undergo pre-training, including dealing with puppies, contingencies and training techniques.

Puppies under the age of 6 months are trained for 13 weeks in NCHU and accompanied by 5 to 6 custom officers in every session. Students participate in the social skills training of puppies through human-dog interaction, tug-of-war games, etc., so that puppies can strengthen their ability to adapt to the changing and severe working environment in the future through learning and training, and establishing good interaction with human beings so as to cultivate independent and self-confident characteristics.

Walter S. Hung(洪世勳), president of NCHU Care for Live Association, pointed out that the NCHU campus is nearby Houli neighborhood where the Taichung Detector Dog Training Center is situated, and it consists of different terrains and environments, such as wooden paths, Chung Hsing Lake, grassland, asphalt paths and bridges. On top of that, the faculty and students spend daily time around the campus. The diversity of people, facilities and environment is an ideal place for the social skills training of puppies. In addition, the members at the Care for Life Association are mostly students who immensely care about animals, and the NCHU veterinary collage’s professionalism in medical treatment prompted the cooperation in these courses.