'Tank', a long-haired Belgian Malinois military working dog, and his handler LAC Tim Harcourt (Nelson Bay, NSW), who are both from 381 ECSS at RAAF Williamtown in NSW, guarding the flightline at Rockhampton airport during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. (U.S. Navy Photo)
This is Arek, a military working dog who's missing some teeth from an IED explosion in Iraq, has PTSD, and is scared of fireworks and ... mice. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carolyn (Viss) Herrick
Alex, 6th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, lays next to his handler prior to a training helicopter ride with the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Florida, June 30, 2014. This type of training conditions a dog to the loud noise and high altitude prior to a deployment, which reassures the handler that they can depend on their partner to perform under hectic circumstances. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Melanie Bulow-Gonterman
Ajax L523, like all dogs on deployment, got regular tooth brushings from his handler. Military dogs and their handlers have an intensely close bond that results from being together nearly 24 hours a day in high-stress environments.
INSIDE MARIA GOODAVAGE'S 'SOLDIER DOGS' - Lex L479 and his handler would go to sleep in the foxholes they shared while on patrol in Afghanistan. Soon after his handler fell asleep, the Belgian Malinois would crawl out from their tarp-covered foxhole and stand guard over him through the night, often in torrential rains.
The German Shepherd Dog. A relatively new breed of dog, with their origin dating to 1899. As part of the Herding Group, GSDs are working dogs developed originally for herding sheep. Since that time, however, because of their strength, intelligence, trainability & obedience, they around the world are often the preferred breed for many types of work, including search-&-rescue, police & military roles & even acting. Shepherds are the 2nd-most popular dog in the US & 4th-most popular in the UK.