Russia’s dog forces

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Everyone knows about police dogs, thanks to numerous programs and films about the daily work of police dogs such as Commissar Rex: the tracing, the chasing, the arrests. However, the dogs that serve in the world’s armed forces are often unjustly forgotten. In Russia, where about 6,000 canine soldiers are currently serving in the military.

The elite of Russia’s dog forces is prepared in Training Center for Service Dog Breeding No. 470, which has seen more than 400 future military dog trainers progress successfully to the final stage of preparatory training. Those wishing to become a military dog trainer must study for six months and finish a course dealing with combined arms and veterinary preparation, as well as learning the basics of training their four-legged future colleagues.

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