The National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) has started a new post series on Facebook, in which they are introducing their four-legged staff to their followers. They said that although they received less credit on the Facebook page until now, “it is a miracle how much these dogs with their special abilities, unparalleled endurance, and passion for work are an immense value to the NAV.”
The dogs are mainly involved in controlling the borders, postal traffic, as well as the traffic on motorways and major transport routes. The first one who was introduced on the official NAV Facebook page is 4-year-old sniffer dog Boo, a female Transylvanian Hound-Rottweiler mutt. She received dual training and became both a cigarette and drug detection dog.
photo: NAV Facebook
Four years ago, the six-month-old Boo was found by the Füzesabony Animal Protection Foundation tied to a playground bench. She spent one and a half years at the Foundation where she received a lot of help from volunteers with walks, training and donations. She had several temporary fosters, but no one applied for her as a permanent owner. However, her excellent nose and dexterity soon showed: she found her toys hidden in the warehouse or in the park at any time. Boo’s skill and excellent sense of smell also aroused the interest of others, and one day she was taken to the Hidegkút Dog School, from where she went straight to the NAV Dog Training Center. After several months of training and hard work, she ended up at the Somogy County NAV Centre, where she found a loving owner. Boo and her handler are often invited to various programs and school events where the sniffer dog shows off her skills with a drug and cigarette detecting show.
According to NAV, interestingly, after the successful drug and cigarette detections, Boo would rather have baby biscuits as a reward, not her toys. With detecting cigarette and drugs worth more than 15 million HUF, as well as 78 kilograms of premium quality hookah tobacco, there should be a lot of treats for the sniffer dog. Check out her other pictures in NAV’s gallery: