Military Working Dogs
10 Things About Military Dogs You May Not Have Known.
1. There are about 2500 dogs in active service today.
2. About 700 of the dogs in service are deployed overseas.
3. Only the worlds top dogs will become Military Working Dogs.
4. Dogs have been in combat with US soldiers during every major conflict, but they were not officially recognized until WWII.
5. Military dogs have been trained for difficult assignments as scouts, trackers, sentries, and in the detection of mines, booby-traps, tunnels, water locations, and used to help locate hostile forces.
6. When deployed, handlers and their dogs are inseparable and will stay in the same living quarters.
7. They aren’t all German Shepherds.
8. Only about 50% make it through training.
9. Until November 2000, military dogs were euthanized or abandoned after retirement.
President Clinton passed “Robby’s Law” in 2000 which allows handlers and their families first dibs at adopting military animals at the end of their useful service.
10. President Obama signed a law making it easier for dogs overseas to retire with their handlers back home.