A Salute To Military Dogs

You may or may not have guessed it by the point, but I love dogs (Eko, don’t worry, I love you the most).  In my travels I have been lucky enough to meet all kinds of great pet, working, and therapy dogs.  I’m always impressed by the loyalty and intelligence of every dog, but working military canines are in a league all their own.

 

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The few, the proud, the military canines

Using the same positive training techniques you probably use at home, military dogs are trained for a wide variety of tasks from bomb detection to patrol duties.   You can read more about their training here and check out this awesome video of some four-legged recruits at “boot camp” on base in Texas.

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Eko and I are working our way up to it… 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vince Vander Maarel)

Earlier today I came across this great series of photos of military canines in action that reminded me just how incredible these dogs are.  The photos have definitely inspired me, so Eko and I are off to train, first for the Canine Good Citizen test and next for…jumping out of planes?  One thing at a time I guess!

Military canines, Eko and I raise our hand/paw in salute of the great work you do!

7 thoughts on “A Salute To Military Dogs

  1. The most unpublicized and unsung hero! And, the handler has to jump through fire to adopt the retired 4-legged hero too! Thanks for bringing them into the spot light for a change.

    • Yup, that’s the best part! The soldiers almost always work to bring those dogs home after a job well done – hopefully the initiatives to make the process easier gain traction.

  2. Cairo, choppered into Islamabad to get Bin Laden. “I want to meet that dog.” was President Obama’s response upon hearing, in a private ceremony honoring Seal Team Six who killed Osama Bin Laden, that a Belgian Malinois named Cairo was on the raid. The president was told that Cairo was in an adjoining room, muzzled. “If you want to meet the dog, Mr. President, I advise you to bring treats,” the Navy Seal squadron commander joked as Obama went over to pet Cairo.

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