There are some unique military dog facts that you may not know. Dogs have special part among American heroes, although they were not recognized until World War II. They deserve a tribute. In fact, military working dogs have been in combat with the US soldiers in every major conflict until finally, they got official recognition as the American heroes in WW II. Sergeant Stubby was involved in WW I. He detected enemy gas and gave bark out warnings when the rival troops came. He also located the wounded on the battlefield.
The other fact of military working dogs is that they are trained to have some skills. They can detect and track bomb, drug, and weapon. They also have a very good ability in attacking the enemy. TX is a training sentry dogs that has been operating since 1958. Today, there are over 1,000 dogs trained. They get complex training techniques to maximize their natural potencies. The best military dog breeds in detecting gasses, drugs, bombs and weapons are Labrador and German Shepherd.
It is noted that today, there are around 2500 dogs having active service and 700 dogs are deployed overseas. In fact, the military working dogs play an integral role in the overseas conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Chief of Military War Dog, Dr. Stewart Hilliard told that the dogs were among their effective counter measures against explosives and terrorists.
According to Louis Robinson, a retired Air Force K9 Handler, a fully trained dog for bomb detection is worth over $150,000. He has 98% accuracy of his detection skill. On the other hand, Robinson runs dog training and uses extensive skills to make the civilian dogs learn obedience, search & rescue, therapy skills and advanced protection skills. In fact, military working dogs are not only chosen for the keenness of smell sense or simply for their breeding, but they must possess several numbers of qualities, such as health, aggression, excitability, obedience, and so on.
Talking about the special military dogs, we may directly refer to the muscular German Shepherds or Labrador Retriever, but there are also some other breeds to handle the military jobs. The fact also notes that 85% of military working dogs are taken from the Netherlands and Germany. The remaining 15$ of the dogs are the American born and bred. The military expects that this number of the American bred and born dogs for this job increased.
Military working dogs have been officially recognized since World War II. There are some other interesting facts about military dogs that you may not know. Here they are.