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Title: The History of Military Working Dogs


1
The History of Military Working Dogs
  • By Amber Horan

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1835 The 2nd Seminole War
  • The first recorded use of dogs by the United
    States Army was during the 2nd Seminole War.
  • 33 Cuban-bred bloodhounds were bought and used by
    the us army to track the Seminole Indians and the
    runaway slaves they were harboring, in the swamps
    of western Florida and Louisiana.

3
1865 The Civil War
  • The military began casual use of dogs as
    messengers, sentries, and guards most though
    were used as mascots to keep up the morale of the
    regiment.

Lieutenant George A. Custer And Friend
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1884 The Worlds First Military
War Dog Training School
  • The Germans established the world's very first
    Military War Dog School, at Lechernich, near
    Berlin. There they began to train dogs as
    sentries and as messengers.

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1914-1918 World War I
  • During World War I, vast numbers of dogs were
    employed as sentries, messengers, food carriers,
    sled dogs, guard dogs, ratters, Red Cross
    casualty dogs, and even cigarette dogs.

6
WWI Military Working Dogs
Search and Rescue Ambulance Dogs
Cigarette Delivery Dog
Red Cross Dogs
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The Early Version of a Dog Gas Mask
  • The dog gas mask of World War I covered the
    dogs entire head and consisted of eight layers
    of chemically treated cheesecloth. It had two
    cellulose eye lenses to allow the dog to see, ear
    pockets for the ears, space for the jaws to work,
    and a wide neckband with straps to tie around the
    neck. (Walk)

8
Messenger Dogs
  • Messenger Dogs wore special collars that had a
    compartment to hold their sacred message.

9
WWII Dogs for Defense
  • January, 1942, not long after the attack on
    Pearl Harbor, the American Kennel Association and
    a new group calling itself "Dogs for Defense"
    mobilized dog owners across the country to donate
    quality animals to the Army's Quartermaster
    Corps.
  • This was the first time in the military history
    of the US, that marked the official recognition
    of war dogs by the armed forces. (Hahn)

10
Military Working Dogs of Today
  • Military Working Dogs have come a long way since
    their initial emergence into the military
    program.
  • Dogs are now taking many different roles in the
    military outfit.

11
A Parachuter and his K-9
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Attack Dogs
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Sniffer DogsThese dogs are trained to detect
drugs, explosives, and many other items.
14
Search and Rescue Dogs
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Just another day in the life of a military
working dog
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Reference Page
  • Hahn. The World History of the Dogs of War. WWII
    US Dogs for Defense. Retrieved October 13, 2004
    from http//community-2.webtv.net/Hahn-50thAP-K9/
    K9History/
  • Walk, Major Robert D. Military Masks Animals in
    Chemical Warfare. Retrieved October 13, 2004
    from http//www.gasmasklexikon.com/Page/USA-Mil-A
    nimals.htm
  • Pictures acquired from the following
  • http//www.defence.gov.au/news/raafnews/editions/4
    507/flightline.htm
  • http//www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews/editions/1
    071/topstories/story12.htm
  • http//www2.acc.af.mil/accnews/feb01/01052.html
  • http//www.gasmasklexikon.com/Page/USA-Mil-Animals
    .htm
  • http//www.operations.mod.uk/telic/images/land/dog
    _trg.jpg
  • http//www.dogsinthenews.com/issues/0109/articles/
    010915a.htm
  • http//community-2.webtv.net/Hahn-50thAP-K9/K9Hist
    ory24/
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