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Police Dog Action by David Friederich

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This action shot was captured at the Police Dog competition at the World Police and Firefighter Games held in Vancouver. In this event, the dog is sent to disarm and apprehend a man with a gun. Shots are fired by the “bad guy” and by the officer. The dog must respond to the “attack” command amid the gunfire. Once the suspect drops his weapon, and stops resisting, the dog must cease his attack. Points are scored for the charge during the gunfire, speed of the apprehension, and ceasing the attack quickly after the officer’s command. The dog in this image belongs to the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Surrey, British Columbia canine squad. The competition took place in a baseball stadium, which was one of many venues for the 10,000 police and firefighters competing at the games. The Surrey Leader, a community newspaper, reported, “The dog keeps your secrets,” said Andre Larouche, who’s part of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Police Dog Service with his german shepherd, Repo. “The dog is always in a good mood, you don’t have to worry that he had a bad night the night before your shift. He always wants to go to work. While the bond with any one dog may only last a few years before the animal is retired, most canine cops develop a lifelong love for their four-legged partnerships.” Repo was imported by the RCMP as a pup from the Czech Republic, and spent many months training before he was accepted into service as a police dog.

Image captured at New Westminster (part of metro Vancouver) on August 6, 2009, using a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor f2.8 80-200 mm lens, hand held, ISO 320, -0.33 EV, f6.3, 1/800 s.


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  • salsbells69
    salsbells69about 5 years ago

    They are fantastic for any police force. Brave, courageous and loyal. Great action shot.

  • It was a thrill watching the dogs during the competition. While they all performed well, there were a lot of differences in personality and character that was quite visible. Thank you, Sal.

    – David Friederich

  • dlgeorge1
    dlgeorge1about 5 years ago

    Great Shot David. I used to raise German Sheperds, great dogs.

  • I have had two shepherds in my life. They are by far my favorite breed. I loved watching them work with their dog handlers, and capturing images like this one. Thank you, David.

    – David Friederich

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 5 years ago

    Great action shot David, think the trainer must be thankful he has protection on !

  • I am sure he does, Trudi. Thank you for commenting.

    – David Friederich

  • Wayne  Pearson
    Wayne Pearsonabout 5 years ago

    Excellent action image David.

  • Thanks, Wayne.

    – David Friederich

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    WOW, excellent capture, what a powerful lookin beastie. Marvellous camera work too, you are very brave.

  • He is definitely a powerful dog, Don. I was in the stands, so there was no risk to me, but the press guys were on the field. These dogs are so in control by the handlers, that I don’t think there is any danger. Thank you, Don.

    – David Friederich

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushabout 5 years ago

    Excellent capture dear David… Quite scary dog, i must say.

  • They are scary, Nira, and beautiful too. It is wonderful to see how well trained they are, and how responsive they are to the handlers. This dog was in complete control of the officer. Thank you, Nira, and happy birthday.

    – David Friederich

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeabout 5 years ago

    Wow that is an amazing capture of Police Dog Action. I sure am glad he had that padding around his arm for protection. Brilliant work David. Anthea

  • Yes, it is hard to imagine what would happen without protection. I am sure there would be severe injury to anyone attacked like this. Thank you, Anthea.

    – David Friederich

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Lovely action capture taken at just the right moment! I grew up with a German Shepherd which had me fall in love with the breed’s high level of intelligence, loyalty and bravery. I later developed my own German Shepherd line, via breeding, showing and trialing, including Schutzhund work for over eighteen years. I even sold a dog to a Police Officer. Though I no longer breed them, a close friend who started before me, is still carrying on my original bloodline through her own breeding! : )

  • What a fabulous story, Sandy, of your wonderful German Shepherd experiences. I thought it was a shame that most of the 22 dogs competing were imported from the Czech Republic, with a few dogs coming from California. I noticed none of them had the sloping backs I so often see in Canadian dogs. I have raised two german shepherd dogs in my life through the early 70’s and 80’s. Both dogs were quite wonderful. The second even won a best puppy award at a dog show in Grande Prairie, AB. Thank you, Sandy.

    – David Friederich

  • JayneLogan
    JayneLoganabout 5 years ago

    This is so wonderful David ~ I’m back to see it again today! Aren’t they marvelous. No better friend in the world than a loyal dog. Great share and narrative!

  • Thank you, Jayne. What a treat it was to watch these dogs work. Glad you like the narrative.

    – David Friederich

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 5 years ago

    Marvellous animals, so intelligent and they love every minute of it- excellent capture!! Enjoyed seeing them at work when in the Force and wouldn’t be without mine!!!

  • I loved every minute watching the dogs compete in the Police Games events. I have owned two shepherds in my life, both wonderful dogs. Thank you for this great comment, naturelover.

    – David Friederich

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