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    1. HISTORY OF WAR DOGSMilitary Working Dog (MWD)

    2. Skydiving Video

    3. WHAT TYPE OF JOBS DOES A MILITARY WORKING DOG PERFORM?

    4. Scout Patrol – Base, Beach Mine Sniffing Search/Rescue Ambulance Delivery Tracking Messengers Cart Pullers Tunnel/Cave Scout Booby Trap ID Bomb/Explosive Detect Cable Laying Water Trackers Sea Dogs Blood Donors MWD JOBS

    5. UNIVERSAL

    6. ROME Mastiffs wore armor with spikes and flaming torches

    7. PELOPONNESIAN WAR431-404 BC • Guard dogs used to surround villages/alert • Enemies became aware and targeted the dogs

    8. FREDERICK THE GREAT’SITALIAN GREYHOUNDS

    9. SOUTH AMERICAN CONQUISTADORS MASTIFFS – 250 pounds/3 feet at shoulder GREYHOUNDS – 100 pounds/30” at shoulder

    10. 1 Dog = 50 men in battle • 100 Indians killed in one hour • “Dogging” – set on chief to instill fear • Allowed to eat victims

    11. ENGLAND/SCOTLAND Irish Wolfhounds

    12. CYLART0FMEDIEVALWALES

    13. RUSSIANSAmbulance Dogs - Airedales

    14. WORLD WAR I Messengers and ambulance dogs Pulled carts of messenger pigeons

    15. JACKTHEAIREDALEBRITAIN

    16. Cart Dogs

    17. WHAT QUALITIES SHOULD A MWD HAVE?

    18. QUALITIES OF A GOOD MWD • Dark color • Healthy • Intelligent/Trainable • Not Gun/Noise Shy • Work on/off leash • Not necessarily vicious • Ability to be QUIET • Ability to understand hand signals

    19. WHAT BREEDS MAKE A GOOD MWD?

    20. Mastiffs Irish Wolfhounds Greyhounds Small Dogs Huskies/Malamutes/ Eskimo Dogs Labrador Retrievers Quieter than hounds Airedales Collies Dobermans Belgian Sheep Dogs German Shepherds Stable Temperament Shed Undercoat WHICH BREEDS?

    21. AMERICA Over 100,000 MWD WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq

    22. Civil War • No official war dog program • Most came as mascots with owners • Used for all purposes

    23. Lt. Pfieff’s Dog

    24. World War I • America used all breeds of dogs • Used primarily for messenger, ambulance, transportation needs • Therapy dogs

    25. SGT.STUBBY

    26. Fought mostly in trenches • Cannons and toxic gases • Weather and Climate

    27. RAGS

    28. World War II • Dogs were donated by families and Dog Clubs (Doberman Clubs & AKC) • Retrained after WWII and returned to families or adopted by their wartime handlers

    29. PACIFIC THEATER Guadacanal Guam Phillipines New Guinea Saipan HOT/HUMID EUROPEAN THEATER France Germany England Italy MILD/COLD

    30. TrainingLeJeune Training, North Carolina

    31. 20,000+ Dogs(Most were Family Pets) • Rode ships to Pacific/Europe for 3 months • All purposes, including skydiving into Greenland for rescue missions and delivering cigarettes

    32. KEEP THEM CLOSEK9 Handlers were teased as “Dog Men” until they found out the value of the dogs • Allowed you to sleep • Kept you warm • Were a friend in the night • Alerted for danger • Back-up protection in a fight

    33. British “Para-Pups” • 600 Dogs direct from training school • Original jump was 1785 from a hot air balloon

    34. Russian Anti-Tank Dogs • Trained dogs to run under tanks and lay down • Dogs were harnessed to explosives that would blow up the tanks

    35. German Panzer Tanks Destroyed

    36. WHAT DO YOU NAME A MWD?

    37. MWD Names

    38. MWD Names

    39. MWD Names