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5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

We have talked about the role that different dogs have played in warfare. Different breeds of dogs have different strengths, and such strengths are invaluable in the battlefield. The complement the strength, tactical acumen and intelligence of humans.

While dogs have certain general characteristics such as an enhanced olfactory sense and loyalty, specific breeds offer more advantages in warfare. Strength, stamina and determination are some among such advantages. Let us look at different breeds that are used nowadays.

Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois - 5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

As the most preferred service dog, the Belgian Malinois is strong, fast and muscular. It possesses amazing levels of physical fitness and strength. As a result, it is often used by police forces and the military. They are dark in color and can grow up to 26 inches in height.

Rottweiler

Rottweilers are kind of scary looking. It is a great trait to have for a war dog. They have been famously called butcher dogs as they used to transport meat laden carts. They are used in different missions such as search & rescue, security and police operations. In addition to being extremely disciplined and loyal, they can be dangerous when unleashed against enemies and hostiles.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever - 5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

You many think, but a Labrador is too cute and playful.. it can’t be aggressive! It is partly true. But their enhanced olfactory sense compared to other breeds makes them a perfect companion for search & rescue missions. You will often see Labradors with bomb squads. Interesting enough, the Labrador hasn’t always been simply a playful breed. During old times, they used to be a fisherman’s best friend, hauling ropes and fishing nets. They are also physically imposing and strong.

German Shephard

The most famous police dog, perhaps. The German Shephard is one of the most majestic looking canine breeds. The Shephard is confident and extremely courageous. It never shirks back in response to fear or danger. Sometimes it can even be reckless during battle. They are also smarter than the average breed, allowing them to learn many types of commands with relative ease.

Dalmatian

Dalmatian - 5 military and police dog breeds that you should know

The last dog in this list, the Dalmatian is the official fire force dog. Although it is quite rare to see one on the field nowadays, they have a rich tradition as a fireman’s loyal partner. They used to run out of a building and attract attention of passersby with their loud barking, to signal that there is a fire. Ask any fireman, and they love Dalmatians!

There are a few more breeds that are commonly used, such as Pitbull, bull dogs and huskies. Like we have said, each breed has a unique quality about it that allows for different types of missions.

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Why do dogs love bully sticks? Plus 4 fascinating psychological facts you didn’t know about dogs!

Dogs are fascinating creatures. In the ladder of evolution and intellectual superiority, they are at least in the top 10. Naturally, they lag behind humans and apes. And yet, scientists and anthropologists have often hypothesized that dogs are intellectually superior beings.

If you look at emotional intelligence instead of pure intellect, dogs rank even higher in the scale. Dogs have a tendency to appreciate and reciprocate empathy, and their strong memory power ensures that they never forget. Their psychological traits are many, with a few surprisingly inaware to the majority of us.

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Why do dogs love bully sticks?

Dogs aren’t stupid! They can sniff out a good dog treat lickety split. So, that’s why dogs seem to go gaga over bully sticks. Pizzle sticks like these are 100% all-natural, made just of a beef muscle, and are super duper healthy. If you’re going to give a dog chew, you may as well go with these. They are uber good for your dogs and help to clean teeth. Give one a try.

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4 Bonus Facts About Dogs:

 

The real meaning behind a bark

Dogs are kind of clever. They learn from human behavior and response. In families where there is an infant, it can be deduced by a dog that a baby crying attracts attention from family members and the bay ends up getting rewarded in some form or the other. Dogs employ the same tactic with a bark, when they need something, such as food or cuddling.

The bottom sniffing thing

When you walk your dog, you will always notice it trying to sniff the bottoms of other dogs it comes into contact with. To us, this is gross in a manner. However, the reason why dogs do this is due to their sense of curiosity. Dogs often try to match the smell of their surroundings with a fellow creature that they meet. It is kind of a detection mechanism.

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Sensing emotion

Dogs are able to sense emotion wonderfully. In fact, they sense emotions and reciprocate to either the owner or nearby people in a similar manner. For this reason, psychologists have found out the dogs tend to be more aggressive when they are with a man, as a reciprocatory mechanism of male emotions, which tend to be rather more aggressive.

The expression in  their eyes

Check YouTube and you will see millions of viral videos of dogs holding up sad faces. It makes them look very cute. If you are a dog owner and you come back one day to a messy apartment with your canine friend sitting on the crime spot with a glum expression, you may think he is trying to express guilt. In fact, dogs put up expressions as a defense mechanism against their owner’s feelings. If the dog owner is angry or sad, dogs naturally become nervous.

These are fascinating facts, and there are many more. If you get into the domain of studying dogs, each day may turn out to be s surprise!a

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A call to action to the proud and magnanimous American Citizens

In addition to corporates, governments and communities, Non-profit organizations are essential to create progress in any nation. Non-profit organizations attract trust from people due to the fact that they don’t obtain monetary gains for any activities that they perform. As a result, they are able to mobilize and galvanize more people towards a cause.

And yet, Non-Profit organizations have a very obvious handicap. They need financial funding from magnanimous people. Their activities consume resources, be it time, money or labor, and require money. If such organizations aren’t able to raise the required capital, they lose momentum and gradually cease to exist.

It is the same case with Support Military Working Dogs. We are one of the most recognized NPOs in the United States. Our presence in Washington, the capital of the nation, ensures that we get sufficient visibility to gather funding. Additionally, our cause is a national cause and is related to the US Military. You may say we are in a privileged position.

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We normally approach institutions, corporates and even Senate representatives to raise resources. We have infrastructural support from the senate, which ensures we have items such as office space and marketing covered. However, the senate cannot directly assist each NPO on a monetary basis. That is why the nation has corporations.

Corporations have initiatives that are called Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR in short. CSRs are activities performed by a corporate where they don’t derive any profit from such activities. It is a way to boost their market image and brand power. Corporations that conduct an activity for no apparent profit have a better reception from people.

We approach such corporations on an annual basis to raise funds. American giants such as Google, Facebook and Coca-Cola are known for their generous contributions towards societal causes. They have been proud donors of Support Military Working Dogs. Many of our activities, such as Stubby’s recent anniversary gathering, have been possible because of them.

And yet, we don’t have enough resources to conduct our activities. You may have noticed the various events we conduct on an annual basis. That is why we write this post, to implore the generous citizens of the United States to support us in whatever way possible. Our expenses are not lavish in any shape or form, and even meagre donations go a long way.

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At the end of the day, we fight for a good cause. Just as we recognize and appreciate our soldiers in the battlefield, let us also recognize the unheralded military dogs that fight alongside our soldiers despite a lack of glory and recognition. Support us, make a simple donation. It doesn’t need to money, it can also be your precious time!

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A brief history of military working dogs and their role in warfare

Dogs have been around in the Military for a long time. Humans aren’t always good at all types of tasks and activities, and have engaged dogs to do the work that they can’t. Dogs bring certain qualities due to their genetics.

Dogs in the military goes back to the time of the Pharaohs and the Ephesians. Even during those times, humans had the sense to rely on lesser creatures that had different qualities. At the time, the famed Ephesian Hounds were engaged in war, along with horsemen. Such hounds were gigantic in size and weren’t at risk of being trampled.

Later, post the birth of Christ, dogs were used in warfare by the Egyptians, Romans, Persians and so on. In fact, there is a famous story of a Roman emperor who utilized dogs using guerilla tactics. As the enemies were hiding within caves in unreachable terrains, traditional armies and horses couldn’t be used without determining the exact location. Hounds were able to sniff our enemy positions.

During the Spanish inquisitions, a different breed of dog was used in warfare – the Mastiff. The Mastiff is one of the most formidable species of dogs. Within the family, you have such breeds as terriers, mountain dogs and Pitbull, all of which are great in this application. From then on, terriers became standard part of militaries.

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It was during the two world wars that the use of dogs really became prominent. Till then, they were only sporadically used. During the first world war, dogs were utilized as mascots and for surveillance missions. There is the famous story of Stubby, who was influential in the 102nd infantry to sniff out artillery, gas and other attacks, and give the Americans a crucial advantage.

Naturally, there are tragic stories and those of human cruelty. The Soviet Union has always been known as a ruthless nation, with an army that would go to any means to achieve a mission. True to their nature, the Soviets employed dogs against Nazi Germany during the second world war. Mines were strapped to dog collars and dogs would approach enemy territory, where the mines would explore killing enemy soldiers and the dogs themselves in the process.

Even if you look at the 60s during the Vietnam War, both the Americans and Australians used dogs to sniff out the Viet Kong soldiers. Fast forward to the American invasion of Iraq and the war against Taliban in Afghanistan, and you’ll find out that dogs were employed there too for bomb sniffs.

We should appreciate the rich history and the roles our canine heroes have played in warfare. Humans may be excused for using tactics that brutally harmed the dogs, such as those of the Soviets, as a way to counteract the might of Nazi Germany. No one likes such tactics, but at the time you had to take any possible measure. We salute those that died for the good cause.

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Why the Military remains a symbol of joy and pride in every nation

The Military is always one of the proudest characteristics of a nation. In a way, it is quite ironic. As inherently peace loving creatures, humans are proudest of an organization that wages war. Quite the paradox. Why is it so?

To begin with, the military is not a war waging organization. The Military is the body that “protects” a nation. It is just a matter of perspective. Instead of thinking of them as someone who proactively seeks chaos, you think of them as people who help prevent chaos and protect people. And this is not wrong perspective.

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In fact, the military doesn’t take decisions on its own. Governments take decisions. If the King, President or Prime Minister of a country decides on a specific course of action, the Military is sworn to obey. They are simply obedient soldiers in the war between heads of states. It is this obedience and unyielding loyalty that brings them such plaudits and fanfare.

The American Military is comprised of five branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Each unit has a different set of responsibilities and chain of command. The Army, as we know, protects the land of America, the Navy the waters and the Air Force the Air Space. These are the three main departments that people globally know of.

The Marine Corps take charge of amphibious warfare, meaning a type of warfare that involves land and waters. The Coast Guard performed maritime duty, guarding the coasts of American cities and towns. Both of them work in close conjunction with the United States Navy. Together, they protect America against all possible means and forms of attack.

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Militaries around the world have brought great pride to their nations through victories and prevention of deadly invasions. In a world with such unknowns as terrorism, inter-country annexations and cyber warfare, the Military remains ever so important. No wonder that they are perhaps the most funded governmental organizations, along with education, health and infrastructure.

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Reasons why humans and dogs have inbuilt psychological connections

If you ask your friends, you will find that there are three categories of people – Dog lovers, Cat lovers or Species neutral. Interestingly enough, people often read the characters of each other depending on which way they lean against. However, no matter what your personal interests are, you cannot not like any animal species that help the nation.

Dogs are often categorized as man’s best friend. There are many reasons why this is the case. As a species, they are programmed to be loyal, disciplined and obedient when trained. They recognize and appreciate the efforts of people who take care of them, and aim to repay them in whatever way possible.

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It is for this reason that they are among the most preferred pets for humans. As a dog person myself, I love the fact that dogs are proactive and never lazy. You can take them for a walk and play with them, In my case, I have often taken out my dog when I go running or for other forms of workouts. As inherently physical creatures, dogs relish physicals exertions or activities.

In addition, there is another reason why man always has an affiliation toward the canines. From childhood, we have been taught values by our parents. Regardless of our ethnicity, background, social status or religion, there are some universal values we are brought up with. These include honesty, loyalty, discipline and empathy.

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Besides humans, the species within the animal kingdom where such values are omnipresent is the canine species. Dogs are inherently loyal and disciplined. They often have a tendency to repay any help done to them. Now, you may say that street dogs often are messy and undisciplined.

And to that, we say that any species, human or otherwise, is a victim of circumstances. If brought up under harsh circumstances, even humans become non-ideal in terms of personality and attitude. At the end of the day, if we have been brought up under favorable circumstances, humans and dogs will be alike in terms of character.

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