A man’s best friend is also a Navy SEAL’s best friend. SEAL teams have often utilized animals from Dolphins to K9’s. Most canines used by the elite special forces branch are Belgian Malinois. A slightly smaller, lighter and faster cousin of the German Shepard.
While German Shepherds are still used in military units.
The Belgian Malinois is much easier to take on missions.
Question: What is a good book about these type of special dogs?
Answer: We like the book Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat by Mike Ritland.
He is a great trainer who’s whole life revolves around training these awesome animals.
Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by Sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym).
The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached.
With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a human’s, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans.
SEAL Dogs can be equipped with Video Cameras and other recording devices. They small size and skill sets combined with senses allow them to reach areas SEALs can’t on missions.
SEAL Dogs will also skydive on a mission. Their handler will strap the SEAL dog to their chest or let them fly solo.
Just as the Navy SEALS and other elite special forces are the sharp point of the American military machine, so too are their dogs at the top of a canine military hierarchy. In all, the U.S. military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs deployed around the world.
Question: Where can I find out more information about joining the Navy SEAL teams?
Answer: Check out the SEAL/SWCC main website here:
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