Did you know that the Department of Defense operates a military working dog breeding program?
aka The Puppy Program
The Department of Defense Military Working Dog Breeding Program was established in 1998. The Breeding Program (informally and affectionately referred to as the Puppy Program) provides an internal source of military working dogs to supplement the needs of the DoD. As adults, these puppies will be utilized for the detection of explosives and illegal contraband, specialized searching (land-mine clearing and locating weapons in war zones), Search and Rescue needs, and troop/asset patrol protection.
They will serve in all branches of our military. Some of the dogs not meeting the DoD requirements have gone on to work for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and law enforcement agencies throughout our country, serving and protecting our citizens and communities.
The Breeding Program selects and breeds … Read More »
This story provides great insight into the daily life of a dog handler deployed!
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
By 1st Lt. Jay Mohr
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Deployments to Afghanistan force many soldiers out of their comfort zones. For many, it is the addition of stress caused by being in a combat zone. For others, it has to do with learning a completely different set of skills than the Army has prepared them for.
This is true for Staff Sgt. Shawn Martinez, who has previously trained as a howitzer section chief. On his current deployment, Martinez serves as a tactical explosive detection dog handler for Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Martinez last served on the gun line for Battery A, 2-32 Field Artillery until he was sent to the dog handler’s … Read More »
Once outcast and shunned from the military dog community, Sergeant Daniel Sandoval had gotten a second chance. He was accepted into the Fort Bragg’s dog kennels unconditionally.
Daniel was paired up with the stubborn, oversized wolf dog, Military Working Dog Bony. He was excited for the challenge and worked on bonding with the experienced German shepherd.
His wife Sabrina had just given birth to their second son, Carver. This should have been one of the happiest times of Daniel’s life.
But it wasn’t.
Daniel was stressed to the max. His career and his family were seemingly on a crash course and giving him sleepless nights.
He needed to talk to his new kennel master, Staff First Class Webster, the same man who squashed any rumors … Read More »
Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that they would no longer provide service dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They will continue to provide service dogs to veterans with impaired vision, hearing, or mobility
I’ve wanted to cry outrage since I first read the announcement. But, before I did so, I felt some research needed to be completed. Let’s take a look at why the VA is refusing to provide veterans these service dogs.
There is no proven medical benefit of Service Dog for those that suffer from PTSD:
In the Federal Register the VA states, “The VA has not yet been able to determine that these (service) dogs provide a medical benefit to veterans with mental illness. Until such a determination can be made, VA cannot justify providing benefits for mental health service dogs.”
My initial … Read More »
Denice Wethington of New Castle, Ind., gives Brea, her German shepherd search and rescuedog, commands during a training exercise conducted at the Department of Homeland Security Search and Rescue Conference held at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, June 4
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy I thought this nod to our Search and Rescue Dogs is appropriate.
We were lucky here in coastal Virginia. Just a foot and half of water in the yard/ garage (nothing in the house), some debris, high winds and five hours without power. Last year Hurricane Irene was a lot worse!
Members of Maryland Urban Search and Rescue Task Force one fly aboard a U.S. Army CH-47 helicopter assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. to Staten Island, N.Y. to conduct house-to-house searches, Nov 3, 2012. … Read More »
When we last left Sergeant Noah Carpenter he was staring intently at a darkened spot of dirt on the ground. What initially caught his interest was that the dirt wasn’t the same color as the rest.
It could be nothing. What sent spikes of fear down his spine was that his Military Working Dog, Chuck the Natural, locked on that spot and refused to move. The Belgian Malinois was an unruly puppy with an incredible nose.The Natural loved to work and find explosives. But could Noah trust him?Noah looked over his shoulder at the hulking Green Beret behind him. This Special Forces A-Team hadn’t worked with a dog team since they’d arrived in … Read More »
Paris, a military working dog, stands by her handler during a presence patrol to meet and greet with the populace in Khak-E-Safed, Farah province, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2012. Afghan National Security Forces have been taking the lead in security operations, with coalition forces as mentors, to bring security and stability to the people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau/Released)
Military Working Dogs are injured and killed in combat. They are no different that two legged service members. So handlers must train on K9 first aid. This is a great video that show some training that could someday save a dog’s life.
First aid training for military working dog handlers so they are prepared to care for their dog if they’re injured while on deployment. Soundbites include SSgt Travis Lausier – Veterinary Technician and … Read More »