Dogs have served in law enforcement since the Middle Ages. Today, the most popular breeds in the force are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds, and occasionally mixes of these breeds. Rottweilers, Doberman Pinchers, and Bouvier de Flandres are rare, but they also contribute sometimes.

However, before these pooches become the trusty, life-saving K9s they are destined to be, they have to go through vigorous training. And as tough as they try to look on their first day -- just like any first-grader -- they can't shake off their adorable nature.

Here's an exclusive Bored Panda list of heart-melting photos of police pups reporting for duty. Enjoy!

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ohhbaby Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

teddy is not ready

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Police dogs live with their handlers while on duty and after retirement, meaning they bond for life with their partners and will always be part of the police family. Their handler feeds, grooms, and takes care of the dog like it is their own pet.

But your pup can grow up to be a fit, well-behaved dog without joining the police, too. It will, however, require time and dedication from both of you. Dog behaviorist Nick Jones MA told Bored Panda that, "As well as focusing on basic dog training commands in the beginning, it is essential that the owner focuses upon creating a dog that is polite, mannerly and can accept control and direction from the handler."

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Taiwan's National Police Agency Report

Nea
Community Member
1 month ago

I surrender!

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OK, so you got your first puppy and you want to teach him a thing or two. When should you start? The sooner the better, actually. "On the basis that a new puppy is acquired at 8 weeks of age, training can commence from the very beginning," Jones said. "Not in a formal sense, more along the lines of implementing short sits, waits and an introduction to good manners and polite behavior towards humans and other animals. Training programs evolve over time and as the dog matures and becomes more settled, the owner can increase the challenges set for the dog."

It's important to remember that dog training is as much of a challenge for the person as it is for their four-legged companion. Mistakes are inevitable; you have to have the right mindset to push through them. "It's good to have a plan, but all plans are subject to minor setbacks and your dog will have no appreciation for the plan that you have and so we are to an extent at the dog's mercy in terms of how quickly we can make progress in terms of training and behavior," Jones explained.

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Jonathan Kozowyk Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Don’t worry. Pupper will grow into both their ears and their harness—-and in the blink of an eye!

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"Like people, all dogs are different and adjustments made as we progress are part and parcel of the journey. Try not to let setbacks or a seeming lack of progress deter you, as it's normal to experience pauses and then surges in your dog's ability to listen and take directions."

"In summary, focus on good manners and polite behavior as your very first port of call, and then gradually layer in increasingly difficult training challenges in keeping with your dog's progress as it develops," he said.

You and your dog probably won't catch a lot of bad guys, but the relationship the two of you will create through training will be just as rewarding as serving together.

#4

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New Zealand Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Mini Me! In stereo!

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duglasfresh Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Awww, that little face! I just want to scoop this pupper up and never let go!

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parth6e Report

Sonja
Community Member
1 month ago

"ok, human, can you take him away? like..now?"

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#7

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Brimfield Police Department Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Bullet proof carrier now, bullet proof vest later.

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#8

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colexyz Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Pocket pupper!

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Taiwan's National Police Agency Report

Nea
Community Member
1 month ago

You need heart of steel to stop urself from cuddling and playong with these babies whole day at work. Just too adorable

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#10

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Borough Of New Betlehem Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Little bobby doggies!

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#11

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Taiwan's National Police Agency Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

Definition of Monday

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forestandhoneycockers Report

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 month ago

First time I ever wanted to bribe a cop. Bacon treat officer?

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#13

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Practicing their K9 face!

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#14

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shywildrose Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Pupper just loves the feel of the wind in their fur!

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#15

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xTYBGx Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

OK, with that face and head tilt, this one would be useful for interrogations. I mean, only a true hardened psychopath wouldn’t just melt and confess to everything upon seeing all that cuteness!

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#16

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redlimeeye Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Small but mighty!

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#17

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New Zealand Police Report

Sonja
Community Member
1 month ago

fluffiest policeman ever met...

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#18

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Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Those little faces!

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Report

Katy McMouse
Community Member
1 month ago

10-00. Officer down

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janedunnphotography Report

MrLoufoque
Community Member
1 month ago

"You is under arrests, hooman!"

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#21

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s an awfully big badge for pupper to grow into—-and they will!

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#22

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"He went straight for the front seat of the pawlice car."

New Zealand Police Report

Rowlie
Community Member
1 month ago

He will be driving in a month

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#23

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Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Julius already looks the part!

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#24

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New Zealand Police Report

Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

ok I'm weady to go waid the dwug deawers

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#25

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Rawtashk Report

MrLoufoque
Community Member
1 month ago

"Did you forget to grab the car keys again, Craig?"

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#26

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Wellington Forensic Photography Team member Jane Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

This is gonna be me when I grow up!

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adventures_with_quill Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

You can tell this pup’s part of an intelligent breed—-they’re already checking out their surroundings!

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#28

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Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m coming to get you!

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#29

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Grocken Report

Red Wyvern Emperor
Community Member
1 month ago

Imma the sheriff here and we don't like yo kind here.

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#30

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Jane Dunn Photography Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

You’re gonna need a bigger hat!

#31

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New Zealand Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

This one’s a natural—-already sniffing the perimeter!

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k9dukevt Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you for wearing your mask so I don’t get sick!

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aucklandpolice Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Already making points with the boss!

#34

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k9.cute Report

Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

just take me in idk what crime I committed but please just take me

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#35

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Yet another tough guy holding a puppy—-this time a tiny baby puppy!

#36

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Southern District Police Report

Katy McMouse
Community Member
1 month ago

Never mind the pups...

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#37

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New Zealand Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Future Keystone Kops squad?

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puppyarnie Report

Michelle C
Community Member
1 month ago

Police are training Ewoks too? AWESOME!!!

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#39

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

You’re under arrest. Hands behind your back. You have the right to remain silent.

#40

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Wanna be K9 partners?

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#41

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Amphibology29 Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Imma grow up and be the nose that knows!

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#42

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West Midlands Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

First day of class over. We’re exhausted!

#43

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NSW Police Force Report

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 month ago

Those eyes 😍

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#44

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

We’re gonna grow into this hat and beret, you betcha!

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#45

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New Zealand Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Pawlice work is exhausting!

#46

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alma.k9_gsdworkingline Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Halfway grown. Halfway there!

#47

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aspolice Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Another big tough guy gently cuddling a puppy!

#48

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Boston Police Department Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Pupper is going to do Boston proud!

#49

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Thames Valley Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Focused on comin’ to getcha!

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#50

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Imma put this hat on. Or eat it. Haven’t decided yet.

#51

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New Zealand Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

You have the right to remain silent...

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#52

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New Zealand Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t worry, I’ll grow into my ears!

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#53

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casey_signorino Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

My car. Mine. Just try to take it from me. Just try it.

#54

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Greater Manchester Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, even a cop can derp!

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#55

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Police Scotland Dogs Report

Sonja
Community Member
1 month ago

And I have a whole human to carry all this stuff for me.

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#56

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Witness my “arresting” cuteness!

#57

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

OK, so let me get this straight. You want ME to knock him down then bite him, or bite him then knock him down? I can do either one.

#58

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Australian Federal Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

You ready for class too?

#59

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New Zealand Police Report

Sonja
Community Member
1 month ago

those ears...

#60

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polyphenus Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

You lookin’ at me? You lookin’ at ME?! ‘Cause I’m the only one here!

#61

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Northumbria Police Dog Training Unit Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, you hit the sweet spot right there!

#62

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The Queensland Police Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Left: Will I be able to do this job? Right: You bet I can!

#63

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aucklandpolice Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

Can I do a ride-along with you?

#64

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PoliisiIS Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

What are YOU lookin’ at?

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#65

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Unknown Report

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

First paycheck?