West Midlands Police is on the hunt for puppy walkers to take on their latest litter who are ready to leave their mothers and start socialising.

The seven week old German shepherd pups need temporary homes as part of their early life socialisation programme.

Fully vetted puppy walkers are responsible for homing their puppy, caring for their needs and crucially, helping them to socialise with people and other dogs.

Anybody over 18 can apply to be a puppy walker, if they have the time to look after the puppy and provide plenty of play time to allow it to develop within a happy, carefree environment.

At six months old, the puppies go through to the crucial six month assessment stage of their training back at the Dog Unit in Balsall Common to see if they have what it takes to become fully operational, effective police dogs.

If successful, they return to their puppy walkers for another few months before undergoing the final assessment stage and being assigned to a police handler ready to begin serious training. Puppy walkers need to live within the West Midlands or on the very outskirts.

Interested? Email the breedscheme@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk to register your interest.

Video: Deputy head of operations at West Midlands Police Superintendent Phil Dolby.