By Emika Berry
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Videographer / director: Colin Bell
Producer: Emika Berry, James Thorne
Editor: Pete Ansell
Tyler Falconer, 27, of Boston, set up Falco K9 four years ago after serving in the navy. Falco K9 train dogs in obedience, police work as well as personal protection and Tyler uses his experience in the military to all aspects of the dogs’ training from puppies to deployment on the street. Tyler, who is also a firefighter, told Barcroft Studios: “I apply my military background to Falco K9. In a sense of 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 and/or police dog.” Tyler owns Nala, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois who is trained in protection. Tyler said she is one of the best dogs he has ever trained or owned. Tyler is a trained decoy and loves to suit up at any given opportunity to practise scenario training including car jackings and muggings. Tyler said: “The feeling inside the suit, it's amazing - you feel like you're really connecting with the dog on that level.” Tyler started Falco K9 from his apartment before progressing to a facility in South Boston and is proud of how far the organisation has come. He said: “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."