The military dog that was wounded in the search for Baghdad is back on duty.
The American dog that was wounded while searching for Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on duty again. General Mark Milli said the dog had a great deal of merit in finding al-Baghdadi in the tunnel under his shelter.
Millie said the dog was slightly injured but that he was recovering and returned to duty.
When US troops departed for al-Baghdadi on Saturday night. He fired explosives, killing himself and his three children and injuring an American military dog. Military officials have said the details of the dog were secret, including the name and the breed, but President Donald Trump released a photograph of the dog, a Belgian shepherd dog (raspberry).
Trump wrote on Twitter that a dog with a team of specialists was involved in the search for al-Baghdadi in the tunnel that had been dug in northeast Syria.
“We have secretly removed the photograph of the wonderful dog who did a great job of capturing and killing the Islamic State leader,” Trump wrote.
The US military usually uses Belgian raspberry shepherds to lead and protect troops in search of hostile forces and explosives. The breed is recognized in the military because of its intelligence and ability to be aggressive at the command, said Ron Angello, the president of the US Military Dog Association.
Roles and Duties for Military Working Dogs
Over the centuries dogs have had many roles with the military, but in modern times specific duties have been defined where dogs can give the best service. While in the past they have done everything from catch rats to draw fire to expose enemy positions, today dogs are given humane tasks where their special skills do the most good.
On this page, the most common duties for Military Working Dogs are defined.
Dual-purpose dogs do both patrol work (protection, aggression when needed) and detection work, along with some basic scouting. Scouting is the ability to track human scent through the air. Dual purpose dogs are the most common type of dog Hilliard’s team procures for the DOD.
Most dual-purpose dogs are German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch shepherds. The shepherds usually hail from Eastern Europe, and the Malinois from The Netherlands and other Western European countries.
The dogs the DOD uses are not usually pedigreed or registered. What the DOD wants is functionality, not pure breed lines. This can make dogs heartier and less prone to problems. The mixing of breeds is particularly prevalent in the Belgian Malinois.
Want a bigger Malinois? (Malinois have gotten notably larger in recently years.) The breeder won’t hesitate to mingle the Malinois with a Great Dane. Want a stronger dog with more reliable nerves than the more reactive and thin-nerved Malinois? Breed the Malinois to a German shepherd. Doc Hilliard says he’s also seen Malinois with very distinctive mixes of boxer, boxer-pit bull, and boxer-Bouvier as well.
At times this intermingling can make for dogs who are exactly on the cusp of one dog breed or the other, and it can be hard to tease apart the dog’s background. The difference between calling a dog a Malinois or a German shepherd, for instance, can come down to the type of head the dog has, or the dog’s body angles. A more sloped hind end might be the final arbiter in calling the dog a shepherd.
The list of jobs for these dual-purpose dogs is blissfully short compared with the alphabet soup that makes up their single-purpose counterparts’ job list. Some say it’s best for a dog to have just one job and specialize in it, but most handlers think dual purpose dogs work just fine.