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DOD program strives to establish proven bloodlines for military working dogs

Saliva slides down OOlaf’s tongue, his eyes focused intently on Staff Sgt. Sharif DeLarge as the military working dog waits for the command. When DeLarge gives the word, the Belgian Malinois leaps several feet in the air, clenching his jaws around his prey – the wrap on his handler’s arm.

Had this been an actual suspect, OOlaf wouldn’t have released his grip until DeLarge gave the word. In this exercise, OOlaf demonstrated all three characteristics the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Breeding Program looks for in its dogs – predatory behavior, boldness in sociality and a willingness to work in any environment, whether dark, noisy or with any other distractions.

OOlaf, who was born in the breeding program’s fourth OO litter at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the son of RRespect and a male stud dog named FFalcor. But OOLaf, who is affectionately called “Laffers” by his handlers, is more than just another highly motivated working dog. He, his parents ,, and RRespect’s sister UUkita, are also important links in a bloodline of high-quality dogs in DOD breeding.


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Airmen open hearts, homes to future military working dogs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – LACKLAND, Texas – Two members of the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard have opened their hearts and homes to future military working dogs. The dogs are from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Working Dog (MWD) Breeding Program, which is operated by the U.S. Air Force’s 341st Training Squadron. The wing and the squadron are both based here.

Col. Susan M. Dickens, commander of the 149th Mission Support Group, and Tech. Sgt. Brandon M. Harrist, an aircraft electrical and environmental systems craftsman assigned to the 149th Maintenance Squadron, are each fostering military working dogs in training.

The puppies were born earlier this year at the program’s JBSA-Lackland facility, they said, and Dickens and Harrist took them home over the summer.


ALL GROWN UP - “R” litter pups begin their careers as military working dogs

1 October 2012 - The Belgian Malinois is poised to attack as he waits for the command. “Get him,” Army Sgt. John Reynolds says, and in an instant, Rroddie’s teeth lock onto a wrap on Spc. Omari Baker’s arm. He doesn’t let go of the bite until Reynolds gives him a one-word command. Rroddie immediately releases his teeth from the wrap and returns to his handler’s side.

Rroddie is one of four dogs from the “R” litter now on their first military working dog assignments. The litter of eight puppies was born June 2, 2010, in the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Breeding Program at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The names of puppies born at Lackland begin with repeated letters to signify they are products of the breeding program.

With noses that can detect scents humans cannot, military working dogs can save service members from improvised explosive devices, some of the biggest threats to coalition troops in Afghanistan. Once fully trained and certified in patrol and explosives detection, a dog deploys with its handler as a team.


War dog from birth: Fairchild gets K-9 from DOD breeding program

4/2/2013 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- If a child is raised into military life, that child is considered a military brat. So, what is it called when a military working dog is born into the military?

The 92nd Security Forces Squadron is home to eight military working dogs, all of which went through the Dog Training School at Joint Base San Antonio/Lackland, Texas, but a certain Belgian malinois is a bit different from the rest of the pack.

UUtah was born at JBSA/Lackland as part of the Department of Defense's Military Working Dog Breeding Program, often referred to as the Puppy Program. At seven months old, the puppies in the program go through training that determines if they possess the attributes to become a working dog. If the pup passes, they must go through the Dog Training School, which is the "basic training" for most MWD's.


Breeding Program Turns Puppies Into Troops

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, Feb. 7, 2012 – Bernadine Green stands tall amid a group of young military recruits in training, assessing their behavior for signs of future excellence.

In the coming months, some of these troops will "wash out" of training, while others will go on to serve their nation, saving lives and ensuring security in locations around the world.

But for the moment, Green is content to just stand back and watch. These future troops are, after all, just a few weeks old and of a much different sort -- or, to put it more accurately, breed -- than their military training counterparts.