What is a Military K-9?
A Military K-9 is a highly trained and certified dog that is either owned by the government or a kennel contracted by the government. Military K9s are not breed specific, and any dog can be used in the military, although German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are often employed. Military K-9s have natural gifts of focus and aggression. They are very courageous and loyal to their handlers.
What do Military K-9s Do?
Military K-9s are valuable to all four branches of the United States Military. They have been used in combat through all wars in US history. Several types of Military K-9s are used in the armed forces today:
Sentry Dogs or border patrol dogs are trained to help guard sites such as military checkpoints, ammunition depots and military compounds. They are skilled at working in the dark because they can detect enemies easily.
Scout or Patrol Dogs detect snipers and ambushes. They are trained to work in silence. The presence of these dogs often intimidate attackers and snipers.
Explosives Detection Dogs are valuable to the military because explosives can be hidden on a person, in a vehicle, or at a roadside location. Explosives Detection dogs alert their handlers by smelling chemicals used in weapons. Labradors and German Shepherds are most often used for explosives detection. Their sense of smell is forty-five times greater than a human’s; they can detect explosives better than any piece of military equipment designed for this purpose.
Casualty Dogs are trained to search for and report casualties lying in obscure places. These dogs have saved many lives throughout history.