Dog, when spotting agitator, usually becomes
greatly excited. He lunges at his leash, barks, and continues to bark after
the agitator leaves.
Dog reacts to agitator by cowering, hiding or
trying to run away.
(3) Moderately aggressive.
Dog reacts upon seeing agitator.
shows suspicion and eagerness to move toward the agitator. This is the best
category of dog to train for patrol.
Characteristics of Working Dogs. Most of us think the only advantages
dogs have over people are their superior senses of smell and hearing.
think the same about their superior ability to visually detect motion. While
these beliefs are true, they are not complete. A more important advantage is
that a dog can be trained to react consistently to certain stimuli; he can be
trained to this consistency in a way that immediately alerts the handler.
People quickly adapt to changes in their environment, but military working
dogs are trained to react to changes.
This includes particularly those
changes beyond the detection abilities of people.
The dog's reward
reinforces his behavior and motivates him to repeat the actions.
react to what they think a stimulus means.
Military working dogs simply
react to the stimulus; they let their handlers decide what it means.
a. Patrol dogs.
These dogs are the most versatile of the MP working
Since they are always controllable and composed, they work around
people with safety.
Due to their ability to be controlled, a leash is not
necessarily required. Patrol dogs are trained to attack only on command of
the handler. However, a sudden aggressive movement toward the dog or handler
may also trigger an attack.
b. Explosive detector dogs. These dogs are in high demand and have an
acute sense of smell.
Training teaches them to discriminate the scent of
c. Narcotic detector dogs. Specialized training allows them to detect
marijuana, heroin, and other related substances.
Capabilities of the MP Working Dog.
a. MP working dogs give law enforcement and security personnel a degree
of force in apprehending criminals. They can do so when lesser measures of
force would not be effective.
Before releasing a military dog during an
apprehension, give an order to the suspect to halt. Releasing a sentry dog
during apprehension is a greater measure of force than releasing a patrol
The stable temperament of patrol dogs allows safe apprehension and
detaining of criminals.
b. Detecting intruders and alerting handlers of their presence is
another capability of working dogs.
Dogs are trained to give warning to
They do so by growling or barking, or by silent reaction.