HARLEY the dog has been awarded a medal that will set him on the path to being a successful search and rescue dog.
The black labrador has achieved a bronze award in the Kennel Club’s good citizen dog scheme – the first stage in becoming a search and rescue dog.
And he has joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s specialist search team, which has also worked at disasters across the world.
His handler, station manager Graham Howlett said: ‘Harley displayed fantastic obedience through the 10 tests he had to complete and passed the bronze award with flying colours and no minus points.
‘This is an excellent achievement, especially as he has only been with us for 10 weeks and commenced training for the award five weeks ago.’
The one-year-old is due to take the silver award at the beginning of September and complete the gold award six weeks later.It takes up to two years for a dog to complete the training to become fully qualified.