Tata Steel canines adjudged most obedient dogs in the 62nd, 63rd and 64th Championship Dog Show
‘Beauty’ ‘CJ and ‘Josh’, canines from the Tata Steel Kennel have won the first, second and third prizes respectively in C6 class main Championship during the 62nd, 63rd and 64th Championship Dog Show held at Jamshedpur. This is the first time all the top 3 awards have been won by the Tata Steel Kennel.
Speaking on the historic achievement, Mr Gopal Choudhary, Chief Security & Brand Protection, Tata Steel thanked the judges and Jamshedpur Kennel Club for recognizing the skills of obedience acquired by the security dogs ‘Beauty’. ‘Josh’ and ‘CJ”. Mr Choudhary said, “We thank the Tata Steel senior leadership for their guidance, support and encouragement. We dedicate these trophies to all the dogs, their handlers and trainers who work hard, with passion and focus to acquire and develop the innate skills of obedience.”
Tata Steel Kennel currently has a total of 22 canines consisting of trained Belgian, German Shepherds and Labradors. Canines from the kennel form the Tata Steel Dog Squad. All Tata Steel Dog Squad canines put in more than 600 plus patrolling hours every year. The Tata Steel Dog Squad has proved invaluable in protecting assets in sensitive areas of the company and also immensely aided local administration in crime related tracking duty. The canines go through a well-modulated agility and obedience training, twice a day, at the special training ground.
The Tata Steel Kennel came to life when it raised a Dog squad in May 1969 by acquiring four pups from the Tata Motors (then Telco) Kennel. Tata Steel established a temporary kennel at 3, Hulang Road, Kaiser Bungalow before a permanent Kennel was built in 1971 on 6 ½ acre plot of land, east of the Jubilee Park. Mr S K Roy of Bihar Police was the first trainer. Pre-training commences from the age of 2 months and fully trained canines begin regular dog squad tasks from 18 months onwards. The Tata Steel Kennel takes pride in providing best in class training, handling and other facilities for the canines which includes a zero tolerance to physical hurt of any sort, daily grooming, 24-hour cleanliness procedures, general and specialist veterinary check-ups and scientific diet. Currently, Mr K P Banerjee functions as Kennel-in-Charge. The victorious canine ‘Beauty’ is handled by Mr K K Singh and Mr Gopal Bahadur handles ‘Josh’.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2017. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $18.12 billion (INR 117,420 crore) in FY17. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of nearly 74,000. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index (2015). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has also been felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2013-14 (received in 2017), Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2016), ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ award from TIME India (2016) and the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from the Ethisphere Institute (2016), IIM Sustainability Award (2015), among several others.
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