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Training Day K-9 Unit by TeaPhotography Training Day K-9 Unit by TeaPhotography
Real Heros...
Real heros, such as those trained "to serve and protect" undergo real training.
It takes more than a day, it takes many days,
and it takes returning to basics for maintenance training.


About The Photo...
When my brother and his family were visiting, I was taking them on a nature hike that actually begins just behind the BPD, where, on the other side of the chain link fence, two police officers and a police dog from the K-9 Unit, happened to be training!

I stopped in amazement, and between repeated sets or rounds, I asked if they would mind, if I took some photos, stating that I take the photos of the animals for The Humane Society, and photographing a service dog, would be of high interest to me-
because I didn't know if it would be okay to just stand there and start photographing without permission.

I think it was definitely the right thing to do. They very kindly gave me permission to take photos, and I thank them. :aww:

It was actually not easy at all. I had no control over the place, or the composition, as I had to photograph through a chain link fence. I also did not have that much time, because I did not want to interrupt or be distracting for any length of time.

I took a total of four photos, during the next set or round, and they were so kind to actually "pose" at the end, when I took the fourth and final shot. The police officers actually stopped with the dog holding in this position and looked at the camera with smiles, but in that unexpected moment, I zoomed out a bit to get more of all of them, and one of the links of the fence, though blurred, crossed in front.

Originally I was disappointed by this, as I thought it had been the best photo, if it had not been for that issue, but it's been pointed out by my family members who saw the originals from that day, that this one- one of the three shots of all of them truly "in action" was a better shot, because it's even more authentic. So, I have finally agreed. :aww:

Dedication...
This is dedicated to all service dogs, such as police dogs, fire fighter dogs, and military dogs, for having their lives on the line, alongside their human personnel counterparts, and to the men and women who train them, who also put their lives on the line, as well.

I also dedicate this to medical service dogs- dogs trained to assist those with medical issues that benefit from a trained K-9 companion, and to their trainers as well.

The service, protection, and help that all of these dogs give, as well as their trainers, is just outstanding work!


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#1
~Nelly
... Tell me now
What does it take to be number one...

:music: Lyrics, HERE: [link]
:tunes: Music Link HERE: [link]
For me, it's the best song on the "Training Day" Soundtrack.

~~~~~~~~~:rose:

[ :note: NOTE: Thank you, in advance, for any :+fav:'s I may receive for this image. :thanks: :aww: :rose: I am honoured and grateful that anyone would think well enough to :+fav: it. :nod: So thank you from the bottom of my heart :heart: . I understand if you don't have time to comment, but thank you for any kind comments, too. :aww:
It's important to know this NOW, as I may NOT be able to do individual thank-you's for :+fav:'s, or in case I cannot respond to each comment, either. Thanks for understanding. :thanks:
And, if you just came to view, I appreciate that, too.
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Sweet-Southern-Rain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Amazing shot! I love to watch Police K-9 dogs do what they do best. I have aunt that works in North Carolina helping to train K-9 dogs but I have never had the privilege of watching her train. (:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, that means a lot to me, because one, it is one of my favourite shots, I've ever had the opportunity to capture, and also because they were so nice to me in providing this opportunity. It was a really awesome experience! :aww:
That is so wonderful about your Aunt!
Maybe one day you'll get to see her help to train them... that would be awesome!

I have seen them come to schools to teach children about them, but they are "working" at the time,
but this was the first time I had ever seen them actually training, myself!
:D
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Nice...."Alpha Dogs"......my fav...Sheps....:nod:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Mark!
This was an amazing opportunity to photograph this. :aww:
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Ouch! Great photo and story :D
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
It is really appreciated. :aww:
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Brian-B-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic Catch and Sentiment:clap:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww, I truly do appreciate that, dear Brian! :heart:
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful dedication, Tea, and what a great moment you have captured ;)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, dear Philippe!
That means so much to me... :hug:
It was very exciting. :D
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holyLcrap Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
amazing to watch =) fun to be apart of o.o tho a bit scary when you have a giant bull mastiff coming at you... ^-^ great shot
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
It was great to have the opportunity to be right there to photograph it, yes.
They were very nice about it when they gave me permission. :D
Thank you so much. :aww:
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Juno-Janus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's wonderful & indeed a real Heros!!!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you sweetest Juno! :glomp:
It was truly amazing for me to be able to see them training at work. :nod:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Tea, this is sensational :love:

You really captured an important moment of training for these service dogs and trainers.
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much Jo! :love:
It was a great experience for me, indeed.
Thank you very much! :heart:
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely dedication to all those wonderful dogs..."HERE HERE" One of our best friends was a K-9 handler and his dog "Pax" made it to headline news when he went through a plate glass window to go after a criminal...they are now both in a book dedicated to police work...I'm so proud of them :)

This is a wonderful photo, so unrehearsed and raw...just love it!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my goodness! What a great story, thank YOOOU for sharing this! I am so impressed. :hug: :heart:

And thanks also for your wonderful words of support here!
Yes the fact that it was unrehearsed was an amazing and challenging opportunity for me! Aw, thanks again!
:heart:
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ArtBYbeverly Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You are so welcome Teresa, it's my pleasure and a wonderful photo :) :huggle:
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're real heroes indeed, great concept and dedication!^^
And great capturing, it's not easy taking action shots, and this one turned out so cool, and very clear too!=D :thumbsup:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
They are very much heroes, aren't they! :nod:

Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and support as always.
You are right about action shots not being easy, and I was happy with how they did turn out. :aww:
Thanks again! :hugL
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DeviousWitch Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome again!:aww: :hug:
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Pure-Extasy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Niiiiiice!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awww! Thanks so much! :D
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seven-s Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Great capture!:):clap:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I appreciate that very much so! :hug:
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A very authentic shot, and a wonderful dedication! Thank you for sharing this photo, Tea! :heart:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, the fact that it was authentic really made it that much more special for me!
Thanks again, and also you are so welcome! :rose: :heart:
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure! :hug:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so amazed at what these dogs can be taught to do!! They are so smart and so loyal! I'm glad you were able to get a few photos of them in training . Thanks for sharing this photo! :iconsmile--plz:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I know I feel amazed by this, too! Thank you for your wonderful comment, and of course it's my pleasure to share!
:cuddle:
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bewilderedconfused Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's my pleasure! I always enjoy "the rest of the story" you add to so many of your photos! :hug::icongiveroseplz:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
they do such a wonderful job these doggies.... lovely dogs... :icondoggyplz:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, I agree, and thank you so much, Linley! :hug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
:iconsheiscuteplz: with pleasure dear Tea
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cowboyB0B Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very neat Tea!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much Sarah!
It was an interesting experience. :hug:
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ReVau Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Great shot and nice of them to give you permission! :clap:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much,
yes they were really so nice.
That was very cool of them. :hug:
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ReVau Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Yes, so we could see such interesting photograph :clap:
And thankfully you are so courageous - I would be too shy to ask them :blush:
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martintinaz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
:iconawesome-plz: capture my dear Tea..:boogie:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much, I appreciate it dear Tina! :glomp:
:love:
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Excellent capture!!!
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much, Dave! :D
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
your so welcome
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Great shot, and thank you for the information, very interesting:)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it...
I was amazed that I got to be a part of this, even if briefly.
It was just a good opportunity. :aww:

You are welcome for the info., too. :hug:
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JulianasGrandma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
You are very welcome, I always enjoy your articles and journals. They are so informative:hug:
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The number of live saved by these dogs (including those who also sniff out explosives) is huge - and a significant number also do not get to live to to receive a peaceful "retirement"....
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