Meet the incredible dogs trained to military standards

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(Image credit: Falco K9)

Tyler Falconer, 27, from Boston, set up the Falco K9 dog training school four years ago after leaving military service with the Navy. Tyler uses his military experience to train dogs in everything from basic obedience to police work and personal protection, starting from when they’re puppies through to deployment on the streets.

Tyler, who is also a firefighter, told Barcroft Studios: “I apply my military background to Falco K9. In a sense my criteria is a little bit higher than your average company. It's not just a job to me because I know the ramifications if not done properly. We train so there's not any failed deployments out there on the street, whether it be a personal protection dog or a police dog.” 

Nala, a four-year old Belgian Malinois, is Tyler’s own dog and one of the best he has ever trained or owned. You can see them both in action in this video, practising scenarios including car jackings and muggings, where Tyler wears a decoy suit. “The feeling inside the suit, it's amazing, you feel like you're really connecting with the dog on that level.”

Falco K9 began in Tyler’s apartment before progressing to a facility in South Boston and he’s very proud of how far the organisation has come: “I can’t help but think that so many things had to go a specific way and so many things had to go right for me that I definitely don’t take it for granted that I’m one of the luckiest men in the world."

Dave Harfield

Dave has over 20 years experience in publishing during which he launched many successful magazine titles including How It Works, All About Space and All About History. He’s also pet parent to a retired police dog called Rebel, who can’t work anymore due to a health condition. When’s not busy trying to amuse a boisterous, three-year-old German Shepherd, Dave's the Editor on PetsRadar.