Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond

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Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond
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6+
Release Date
September 04, 2012
ISBN
9780802728456
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When the news of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound broke, the SEAL team member that stole the show was a highly trained canine companion. Throughout history, dogs have been key contributors to military units. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent follows man's best friend onto the battlefield, showing readers why dogs are uniquely qualified for the job at hand, how they are trained, how they contribute to missions, and what happens when they retire. With full-color photographs throughout and sidebars featuring heroic canines throughout history, Dogs on Duty provides a fascinating look at these exceptional soldiers and companions.

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Excellent Resource on Military Working Dogs!
This short (48 page) book is as complete a coverage of Military Working Dogs (MWDs) as I have seen. It goes back as far as WWI in its history of military dogs, talking about how families donated their dogs during WWII and does address how dogs during Vietnam were considered "equipment" and were left behind or euthanized. Noteworthy dogs from many eras are highlighted, and the book is well illustrated with photographs throughout. For the modern era, the training that dogs receive from puppyhood onward is described in great detail, as is the training of their handlers. Specialized Search Dog training is addressed (for dogs who can locate bombs), and the equipment that dogs wear is described. Further resources, a glossary, and index are included.
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This is an excellent resource, as well as an interesting book that many readers interested in either the military or in dogs will find very informative.
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A great way to honor the Military Working Dogs.
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I was excited to read this book because I have a vast amount of respect for our military and a soft spot for our four-legged soldiers too.

MWD's (Military War Dogs) have been around for as long as war itself and they've served and died right along side their two-legged handlers. They jump out of airplanes, sniff out bombs, can secure a prisoner with just one bite, and have been known to guard their fatally wounded handlers with their own bodies. *sniffs* In short, these dogs are made of awesome!

This book is filled with lots of good information about MWD's, including colorful photos and web links to find out more information. The only thing I would recommend is having tissues handy for the more sensitive parts.


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