Handling military dogs for a living

Blog: Learn what it takes to train and handle an MWD

Handling military dogs for a living

(photo courtesy of DVIDS)

By Ashley Barnas
DelawareOnline.com 

This is my mission today: Learn what it takes to train and handle an MWD (Military Working Dog), even if it means donning a rag-filled suit and playing mobile steak for him.

At the age of 1 or 2, MWDs train for three months at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, to become designated as military equipment.

“They’re more than that to us, they keep us safe,” Tech Sgt. Matthew Salter, MWD trainer, says. It costs about $4,500 to get those pups to Delaware to meet their trainers at Dover Air Force Base.

“We talk  to our dogs, we love our dogs,” he says. “And they do everything for us. They’ll kill themselves for us, and same for us. We put ourselves through so much training. There’s such a bond that builds there that it’s just really hard to describe.”

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