Warning: this story may cause shortness of breath, widened eyes, melting hearts and smiles.
Because that's what might happen when you meet Radon, Coquitlam RCMP's newest — and cutest — member.
The 10-week-old German Shepherd joined local Mounties this week as a potential police dog services member (PPDS).
Radon is being trained, imprinted and housed by Const. Wright. The pup came to the Tri-Cities from the Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail, Alta.
"Radon (like all PPDSs) are evaluated prior to being sent out to their quarries/trainers to make sure they are suitable to continue in the program. Therefore, the pups are evaluated even at a very young age."
Over the next year, aside from morning and evening routines, no two days will be the same for Radon, according to Wright.
He said a key part of the dog's training will be interacting with the community and becoming familiar with people, places and neighbourhood noises so he stays neutral with all residents.
"On top of that, Radon is slowly introduced to tracking and criminal apprehension as he grows older," added Wright, noting everyone can say "Hello" and take photos when he's seen across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore or Belcarra — the local detachment's jurisdiction. Just remember to ask first, as the dog may be in the middle of training and needs to remain focused.
Radon will also undergo an imprinting course, which is an early neurological stimulation that continues until a dog reaches 16 months old.
He'll be continuously evaluated on his progression.
Around the time Radon turns one he'll return to Alberta for further training, said RCMP spokesperson Const. Deanna Law.
"Police dogs are a crucial part in the daily grind of frontline policing," she said. "They support numerous sections in the policing world, including evidence searches, tracking and apprehending criminals, and missing persons among many other daily supports."
Radon is currently the only service dog in training with Coquitlam RCMP.
For more information about RCMP dog services, visit the depot division page of the PDSTC website.