Name the Puppy contest back in 2024

February 22, 2024
Innisfail, Alberta

News release


Four brown German shepherd puppies sit on snow.

German Shepherd puppies are born at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) in Innisfail each year. Each year, the Centre has a contest to help name their puppies. The contest invites kids across Canada, between the ages of 4 to 14 years old, to submit name suggestions. This year, participants are asked to submit names starting with the letter "T".

The contest kicks off today, February 22, 2024, and will run until March 25, 2024. This contest aims to involve the younger population of Canada to welcome the next generation of police dogs to the RCMP. Everyone at the RCMP PDSTC cannot wait to see the terrific name ideas kids living in Canada will send in for these future police dogs.

Contest rules are simple

  • Submissions must be made using the online form.
  • Each participant can submit up to one unique name (1 entry per person).
  • Only kids between the ages of 4 to 14 years old may enter.
  • The name must start with the letter "T".
  • The name must be 1 or 2 syllables.
  • The name must have no more than 9 letters.
  • Contestants must live in Canada.
  • All entries must be received by Monday, March 25, 2024.
  • Kids should always get a parent or guardian's permission before submitting personal information such as their name or phone number to any website.
  • For more information and contest rules, visit us online at the Name the Puppy contest.

Contest winners and the winning names will be announced on Thursday, April 25, 2024 on the RCMP website and social media platforms.


Winners - one from each province and territory - will receive a laminated 8×10-inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP water bottle.

Submitting artwork

We love receiving drawings and paintings! After entering the contest online, entrants will be invited to submit artwork. It will be shared with the RCMP PDSTC and may be showcased on Depot's social media with your first name and province or territory.








Contact information

S/Sgt. Andrew Allan (acting Officer in Charge) or Sergeant Bill Taylor
RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre
Royal Canadian Mounted Police / Tel: 403-227-3346


The Police Dog Service Training Centre (PDSTC) is home to the RCMP national police dog training program and is a part of RCMP Depot Division. The Centre has earned a great reputation for breeding top quality working German Shepherds and for training dogs with outstanding searching and tracking abilities.

The RCMP PDSTC is in Innisfail, Alberta holds an annual contest to help name 13 German Shepherd puppies born in the year.

Winning names will be chosen by the PDSTC staff. A draw will determine the winning entry in the event of multiple submissions of the same puppy name.

Although there can be only 13 winners, names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.

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