The K-9 team is incredible. These trained pups can sniff for drugs, help police officers track down and physically catch criminals, locate bombs, and overall can quickly and bravely tend to a variety of emergencies. Policemen often use German shepherds and Belgian Malinois as part of their crew in part due to their availability but mostly due to their intelligence, high activity levels, and their strength and size.
For one German shepherd, a policeman taught him a pretty neat trick that could come in handy inside and outside of his career.
In a video recording the scene, we first spotted the officer and a group of men in an empty parking lot with the canine patiently waiting, along with a police car off in the distance. Then, all the policeman does is quickly point in the direction of the vehicle and off sprints the dog in that very same direction at the speed of light.
At this point, you’re probably thinking that the dog is going to chase after a criminal, retrieve a toy, or just run to the police car and wait outside of it for his owner. However, to our surprise, the German shepherd opens the closed car door, hops inside, and proceeds to shut the door on his own by pulling a large, rounded object hanging from the inside of the window!
The men behind the camera begin to laugh in complete awe at what the K-9 can do. I mean, even I knew dogs were strong, but this act was impressive.
All I can think is how useful this tactic can be. A K-9 able to open and close himself into a police car can ensure the pup can get in on time for a call with his policeman, run for safety if necessary, and even quickly hide before making an attack.
You may be thinking, “Training dogs isn’t that hard.” (I get it; I taught three of my cats to sit on command. It’s actually pretty easy.) But the whole point is the fact that even training an animal to do something we deem simple can make such a huge impact when the time is right.
The loyalty dogs have for their owners is downright amazing. Kudos to this police officer and his obedient K-9!
In what other ways do you think a K-9 being able to open and close a car door could come in handy?