Police Dog Clings For Dear Life To Officer’s Leg During Training Session

Niko, a German Shepherd, was five stories off the ground during the rappelling exercise, so his facial expression was totally appropriate.

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You know this dog is thinking, "Nope, nope, nope." Via Vancouver Police Department/Facebook
You know this dog is thinking, "Nope, nope, nope." Via Vancouver Police Department/Facebook

Think about the last hard day you had at work. Maybe your boss kept you tethered to your desk until well past dinner. Maybe the copier refused to un-freaking-jam. Or maybe the break room coffee machine choked to death on a pumpkin spice K-cup.

Whatever it was, your hard day probably didn’t involve clinging to your coworker’s leg while dangling five stories off the ground. That’s what a German Shepherd named Niko had to endure during a recent training session with the Vancouver Police Department, a mortifying moment that was captured and shared on the department’s Facebook page. (Welcome to the team, Niko!)

PSD Niko, “Hey dad… This rappelling? Yuh, I’m not a fan.”

Posted by Vancouver Police Department on Thursday, October 22, 2015

The 5-year-old dog is part of the VPD Canine Department, and the technique that Niko and his human partner, Constable Dan Ames, were working on was called rappelling – and yes, the two of them were using a rope to slowly descend a five-story wall. Although Niko looked 100 percent uncomfortable during his first session of that length, a department spokesperson told ABC News that the dog has since “mastered” that skill.

“It is wonderful that people get to see not only some of the training our police dogs go through, but the bond between handler and dog,” Sandra Glendinning of the Vancouver Police Department told ABC News of the now-viral picture. “There is a certain amount of trust going on between Cst. Ames and PSD Niko, and we believe that is what people are responding to.”

It sure as heck makes even our worst workday look manageable, by comparison.

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