Introduction

Man has used the dog for military purposes for thousands of years. The Egyptians, Huns, Romans, all resorted to the use of Guard and Tracker dogs and no doubt the evasion tactics employed then have changed very little. Henry VIII provided Spain with large attack dogs, wearing spiked collars, to fight the French.

The availability of chemical aids is limited. With the current trend of interest shown by many Governments, seme progress will be made in this field, but as in all research, finance, and more pressing needs must take precedence.

It is also possible to produce chemical aids for the handler and his dog to overcome evasive aids. The result could be the evasive aid becoming a beacon for the dog to home on.

These very general notes are therefore written for the guidance of personnel who find it necessary to evade working dogs and in so doing have no chemical aids available.

If you are supplied with such chemical or mechanical aids, use them as an addition to your evasion technique and not as a replacement.

The dog used for Military purposes must conform to certain requirements, irrespective of its breed. These can be summed up as follows: -

Physical Height in shoulder 22 to 26 inches

Weight varying from 45 lbs to 100 lbs plus Speed in excess of 25 miles per hour

Temperament Intelligent, Courageous, Faithful, Adaptable,

There are many breeds having these requirements, such as A1 sat ion, Dobermann, Pinscher, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Boxer, Collie, Groenendael, Schnauzer (Giant), Labrador etc.

The breed of dog employed at a particular base may be varied to suit the climatic conditions under which it will work. Humidity and temperature being the main factors involved.

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