Niko, now Vancouver’s most famous police dog, really doesn’t like rappelling down anything. But when his human handler asked him to hold on to his legs for dear life, Niko did just that.
During a routine training scenario, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) captured this shot of Niko rappelling down a wall a few months ago.
Although it’s hard to see, the VPD say Niko was fastened in a body sling and there was no risk of him falling down. Phew.
The photo, which has since gone viral, has left some questioning why a dog would need to rappel in the first place. Well, here’s the answer, straight from the VPD’s Facebook page:
“Our canine officers are well trained, well selected, and, most importantly, well loved by their handlers…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).”
D’aww. Give Niko a few more treats, VPD…he deserves it.