THEY can be a bit of a handful for their trainers now, but in just a few months, four excitable puppies will get the chance test their strength and skill on the state's police beat.
Recruit Dogs Rambo, Rebel, Hunter and Danko, have taken up residence in the backyards of local police families and are training to be 'all round police dogs'.
All are german shepherds apart from Danko, the smallest pup at four months old, who is a dutch shepherd.
Rambo and Rebel are brothers and are eight months old while Hunter is five-and-a-half months old.
Under the guidance of veteran handlers Sergeant Ian Grigoris and Kiwi export Senior Constable Brendon Dellow, the dogs are learning the skills needed to track and apprehend offenders and missing persons and carry out article searches.
The Maryborough Police District was among the few outside of the Brisbane-Gold Coast metropolitan areas to be earmarked for the QPS foster dog program, which sees potential police dogs put through the paces of general obedience training before they are sent back to headquarters and considered for positions across the state.
While the majority of puppies trained here will eventually end up elsewhere, Sgt Grigoris hopes to keep Rambo around to replace outgoing police dog Quattro, who after nine years, will soon be resting his paws.
Name: Recruit Dog Danko
Age: Four months
Handler: Sen Cnst Brendon Dellow
"As the smallest recruit, I still like a cuddle, but don't be fooled, my big ears will hear the crims coming."
Name: Recruit Dog Hunter
Age: Five-and-a-half months
Handler: Cnst Marc Withyman
"Best perk of the puppy program so far? The foster family came with a free cat to chase all day!"
Name: Recruit Dog Rambo
Age: Eight months
Handler: Sgt Ian Grigoris
"Like my brother Rebel, I need to stay active on a regular basis ... and by regular, I mean all the time."
Name: Recruit Dog Rebel
Age: Eight months
Handler: Cnst Alex Heaney
"Currently using my well established digging skills to help my handler renovate his back garden".