By: Jodi Westrick
It takes a lot to become a police dog. And it looks like this adorable German Shepherd isn't so sure he's cut out for rappelling in this photo the Vancouver Police Department shared last month.
According to Hello Giggles, this is K-9 Officer Niko. The rappelling lesson was part of his training to learn how to scale walls and get back down again - all in the name of duty. Niko is strapped to his partner for safety and it appears that the leg hug was just for extra reassurance. We don't blame him!
“Our canine officers are well trained, well selected, and, most importantly, well loved by their handlers," the Vancouver Police Department said on Facebook. "We test dozens (if not hundreds) of prospective police dogs before finding the ones best suited for the VPD. The dogs we select are social and have high drive, and are very valued members of our department… Rappelling is a vital skill for our tactical teams to have, and it tests both handler and dog. In the training scenario in the photo, PSD Niko was introduced slowly to the task, and his handler rewarded him with praise and a game of tug-o-war afterwards (you can see the toy sticking out of the officer’s back pocket).”
Check out another K-9 officer reporting for duty: