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Cuteness alert: K9 puppies start their training

It's the first day of school of these York County Sheriff's Office puppies.

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Mondays can be tough. The weekend is over. You're back to work or back to school or back to the grind.

But what can alleviate that is puppies.

And not just any puppies -- though we'd take those, too -- but puppies on their first day of school.

York County Sheriff's Office posted a video on social media of their puppies romping around. While it may look like these floppy-eared buddies are just playing, it's actually all a part of their training.

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office
York County Sheriff's Office K9 puppies training

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Deputies are evaluating them to see how they'll do at tracking. 

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office
York County Sheriff's Office deputies evaluating the K9 puppies during their training

"Handlers are looking for specific characteristics for elite tracking dogs: Drive, courage, determination, loyalty and natural instinct," the video states.

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Beyond the adorable puppies, residents may notice other dogs hard at work in the area. This week marks the annual police bloodhound winter training seminar which is taking place mainly in York, Clover and in Kings Mountain State Park. 

But people shouldn't be alarmed if they see them, since this is simply a training exercise. 

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office
York County Sheriff's Office K9 puppy relaxes next to its deputy evaluator

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