Police K9’s are some of the smartest and most highly trained animals. Tasked with taking down suspects and sniffing out danger, these dogs are sometimes the difference between life and death for their officers. And as clever as they might be, sometimes it’s the little things that really impress.
A video posted to YouTube shows just how highly trained – and independent – one K9 is in particular.
Check out the video below:
The short clip shows a K9 and police officer from the Greenburgh, New York, police department. In the clip, the K9 officer motions to his dog, and the pooch springs into action.
The “action” however is not pointing out drugs or tackling a baddie. Instead, the K9 heads over to his vehicle, opens the door and climbs right in! Using his snout, the dog is able to flip the handle and swing the door open with ease.
After jumping into the back seat of the patrol car, one of the officers watching the demonstration jokingly exclaims, “Now close the door!”
Moments later, the star K9 does just that. Using a dog rope attached to the window, the dog bites down, pulls back and shuts it closed in one swift motion.
To claps, cheers and a few laughs, the K9 officer says with a smile, “Now don’t put me on YouTube.” Too late! The video has already been viewed nearly 4 million times.
Police K9’s are special trained animals that aid in all kinds of law enforcement situations. Usually German Shepards, the proud pooches are raised from puppies to train, work and live with their two-legged law enforcement partner.
Dogs trained for use in law enforcement are usually classified as single or dual purpose K9’s. Single purpose dogs can be utilized as backup, for personal protection and even for suspect tracking. Dual purpose dogs take those skills a step further: they can do everything mentioned while also being trained to sniff out narcotics or explosives.
Often referred to as working dogs, police K9’s are used both in the force and for every day civilian work. These highly trained animals are often seen in airports, sports stadiums, concerts and other crowded venues to ensure the safety and security of guests.