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November 04, 2015 09:29 PM

Sometimes work can take you to unusual places – like being suspended in air from a man’s leg. 

The Vancouver Police Department recently posted a photo to its Facebook page of K-9 Niko and his human partner learning how to rappel as a team. 

Officer Niko does not appear to be a fan of his time on the line, clutching to his partner’s paw with pleading eyes, looking for an exit. But this training isn’t about torture, it’s about making sure Niko is ready to save lives in any and all situations. 

“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 …  afterwards,” the police department commented on the photo. 

Along with praise and the thrill of getting back on the ground, Niko was also treated to a game of tug-o-war, a personal favorite. 

Thank you, Niko, for attempting to conquer your fear of heights so the world can be a safer place for us animal lovers. 

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