Congratulations to the Second Round of AKC Paw of Courage Award Recipients

We are honored to share the second round of the AKC Paw of Courage award recipients, to show appreciation for the many sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. This award specifically recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices of dogs who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty.

“These canine heroes have proven to be fearless and devoted,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “They continuously put their lives on the line without hesitation and each of these dogs has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty to protect us. They have truly touched the lives of many and we are proud to honor them with the AKC Paw of Courage as a symbol of our gratitude.”

The second round of 2016 AKC Paw of Courage recipients are:

K9 Officer Nicky: Belgian Malinois of Las Vegas Metro Police Department, NV


K9 Officer Aren: German Shepherd Dog of Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, PA


K9 Officer Jethro: German Shepherd Dog of Canton Police Department, OH



K9 Officer Patrick: German Shepherd Dog of Washington State Patrol, WA


K9 Officer Tryko: German Shepherd Dog of Doraville Police Department, GA


Any working dog is eligible to receive the AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. Recipients of the award, or their former human partner, will receive a 2016 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate.

Find more information about these incredible K-9 heroes and their stories here.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

This program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.

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