Dogs are indispensable helpers in ensuring public order and security in various objects: the dog will hear the same sound from a distance four times further than the man, and will see a moving object as far as five hundred meters away. Four-legged animals have many advantages over humans: better smell, better night vision, and rapidity.
At the most important facilities of Lietuvos Geležinkeliai you will often see a warning about the area protected by dogs.
Cynology Centre of Lietuvos Geležinkeliai in Paneriai has been functioning since the fifties, but was closed in 1996 because of the lack of funds. For a decade, dogs have been trained for protection of rail facilities in other dog training centres, and only in 2007, after establishing UAB Gelsauga, its director Vilius Žilionis decided to restore the Cynology Centre. In 2009 UAB Gelsauga already had nine dogs assisting security personnel in the protection of facilities. Having proven that dogs act as a preventive measure and as excellent helpers, the company began to restore the former Cynology Centre in Paneriai, at Kibirkšties Street. It required a lot of input: rooms, workout areas were completely destroyed and no longer fit for use. However, after extensive renovations, search of specialists and personal training, Kibirkšties Cynology Centre was launched in 2010. The following young dogs were purchased in that year: three Belgian shepherds in Vaidotai and Vilnius squads, five German Shepherds in Kaunas squad, three German Shepherds in Klaipeda squad, to train them for protection of facilities. However, if you visit the centre, you will only see a couple of four-footed animals – most of them are engaged in different areas of Lithuania, and in railway stations. Their help is obvious, making it much easier for shooters to perform their duties having a four-legged friend.
UAB Gelsauga is the only security company in Lithuania with service dogs. A service dog is different from a watch dog in that it only works with a canine handler and has been trained according to a special course. Customs authorities, border guard service, police and national guard are the only other institutions that have such dogs.
In 2011, modern cages and a training site was equipped in the electric train depot in Naujoji Vilnia. There, dog trainers with service dogs can engage in training at convenient time. The site is also used by dog trainers from Mickūnai Cynology Center. We closely co-operate with dog handlers of the border guard and public safety institutions. We organise joint seminars and trainings with service dogs. This co-operation and constant change of training sites is important for training of socialization skills of dogs. This year, we are planning to organise the joint cynologist biathlon training.
In 2012, the training site was equipped in Kaunas squad (Palemonas), since Kaunas already has five service dogs and they need a separate place and the grounds for training.
Our team has 17 cynologists. Each of them has a perfectly trained service dog. All animals come with pedigree documents, 10 of them are German Shepherds, 6 – Belgian Shepherds, and 1 – East European Shepherd. Dogs are trained from 2 months to 10 years old, while they are still in good physical shape and health. Trained dogs can detect drugs, tobacco, explosives, and even find missing persons. They are also taught not to be scared of shots, explosions and loud noise, to prevent anxiety and attempt escape during operations. Animals obey to commands given by their owner. However, dog trainers warn that in any case, seeing or hearing the warning of released trained dogs, people should stay calm and cold-blooded, and if the dog approaches, avoid sudden movements and remain in place.
Most of the dogs are versatile – they are trained to search for humans, drugs, explosives and are used for the fight against terrorism. However, in Klaipeda team, each trained puppy is can also perform specific tasks: Agata is a tracker, Čiva is trained to search for people, Bela is excellent in finding items. All four-legged animals live with their owners – cynologists.
We have two new and very young puppies. Taja – one-year-old, already taking part in representations and searches according to police and border standards. Daimė – one-year-old, trained to search for explosives.To top