Dog thought too friendly to be police dog now ‘Vice-Regal Dog’ for Governor of Queensland

June 9, 2017 2:39 pm Last Updated: June 9, 2017 2:39 pm


Getting a job isn’t always easy. Who would have guessed that dogs can also experience the same pain? In this story, this dog lost out on his dream job over something he couldn’t really control, but at least he got a happy ending.

There's a one-year-old German shepherd named Gavel in Queensland, Australia and he's been in training to become a police…

Posted by WIBQ AM on Friday, June 9, 2017


Gavel the German shepherd puppy from Queensland, Australia, wanted to be a police dog. His warm, friendly, and inviting personality, while normally something dogs, especially puppies, should take pride in, proved to be his undoing, as it got him flunked out of police dog academy.

Deemed “too friendly,” he was more interested in playing with strangers and making new friends than catching criminals.

Gavel had his first sleepover, spending a few nights at the Queensland Police Service Academy in Oxley #pawenforcement as part of his training.

Posted by Governor of Queensland on Wednesday, May 18, 2016


According to the BBC, it was felt that Gavel “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.”

Now, the best advice you can give someone who needs a new job is to exploit whatever connections you have to get one. Fortunately, Gavel was able to do just that.

He had been fostered by Governor Paul de Jersey since he was six years old, who was able to pull some strings to get Gavel an even better job:

Welcoming visitors to Queensland’s Government House.

“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change (his official title is now Gavel VRD, ‘Vice-Regal Dog’), and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate,” said the office of the Governor.

Government House is unashamedly pro-Queensland, and we're glad to confirm Fernberg's newest resident, Gavel, is also maroon to the bone #Origin #Qlder

Posted by Governor of Queensland on Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Ironically, when first taken in, the police really did hope to make a police dog out of Gavel, saying in a press release, “Gavel comes from a long line of pedigree … if the family bloodline is anything to go by, in 16 months Gavel will be tracking and catching criminals as a proud member of the Queensland Dog Squad!”

His new duties include putting his good nature to work, such as welcoming guests and tour groups to the grounds of Queensland’s Government House, and he’s also involved with special ceremonial occasions. His new job even comes complete with a new uniform, featuring the state emblems of Queensland!

"What's this about the BBC calling me a 'doggie dropout'?" Sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed, isn't that right Gavel? @bbcnews #Gavlesgoneglobal #Gavel #ViceRegalDog

Posted by Governor of Queensland on Thursday, June 8, 2017