New home for military working dogs at Linton
May 22 2019
NZDF’s military working dogs have moved into their new digs at Linton Military Camp.
Ceaser Lines was officially opened by Minister of Defence the Hon Ron Mark and Patricia Stroud, great niece of Rifleman Thomas Samuel Tooman who was the handler of the Ceaser, a Red Cross dog trained to find wounded soldiers in WWI, after whom the facilities are named.
Loved by generations of handlers, New Zealand’s military working dogs have a long and proud history and the new facilities have been designed to ensure they will continue to be cared for in line with international best practice.
“These dogs save lives, so ensuring they are in peak physical condition supports our military’s operational effectiveness, and the safety of our personnel,” Military Working Dogs Capability Manager – Land Alan Inkpen said. Ceaser Lines contains a number of welfare enhancements for the dogs including scented plants (lavender) to stimulate their sense of smell, the interior has been painted blue to keep them calm and they have better access to exercise areas. There are also a number of additional enhancements to provide mental stimulation for the canines.
“International research has enabled us to develop a facility that ensures we can monitor and house our dogs in a way that ensures they maintain peak condition.”
The facility can house up to 12 dogs at a time. The project was delivered on time and under budget through a collaboration of NZDF personnel, Army Engineers, Defence Estate and Infrastructure and local contractors.