The United States military has been utilizing dogs since the Revolutionary war. They were first employed as pack animals but eventually moved to more advanced jobs, like as killing rats in the trenches of WWII. In modern times, there are more than 2,000 dogs serving in the military, with hundreds of them deployed in Afghanistan.
Dogs have smelling capabilities that are 5 to 10 times greater than humans, allowing them to detect tiny traces of explosives or drugs and alert their handler. This has become incredibly useful during the current war, as the working dogs are able to find IEDs before they can hurt anyone. Oftentimes a dog will be sent into a suspect building before any military personnel enter in order to find any potential threats, including enemy combatants or bombs.
Military dogs endure a 120-day training program, which focuses on basic skills as well as advanced techniques for attacking and sniffing out specific substances. Once the dogs complete this training, they are paired with a handler and the two learn to work together.
These animals are very loyal and will do everything they can to protect their handler from harm, making them great partners in the field. They have demonstrated thousands of time how valuable they are and are directly responsible for saving the lives of countless soldiers during war.
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