In honor of Veterans Day, we want to salute military working dogs by sharing some facts you might not know about them courtesy of BarkPost.
- Dogs have been in combat with US soldiers during every major conflict, but they were not officially recognized until WWII – By the start of WWII, the military had recognized the value canine soldiers could bring and began using them primarily for recon.
- They are trained in bomb, weapon and drug detection, tracking, and to attack the enemy – Complex training techniques are designed to utilize dogs’ natural gifts for focus and aggression to their advantage. Dogs can detect weapons, bombs, gases and drugs more accurately than any available military equipment.
- There are about 2500 dogs in active service today and about 700 deployed overseas – Military dogs play an integral role in the current overseas conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- They are extremely valuable, and not just for their service – These animals are priceless. With an average of 98% accuracy in their detection skills, the peace of mind they provide to the troops is immeasurable.
- They can get PTSD – Just like their human brothers and sisters in arms, pup soldiers are susceptible to the horrors of PTSD. War dogs experience severe emotional trauma during deployment, and for some it becomes too much.
Even more facts and information about these amazing animals can be found here.