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Ari Valdo, 27th Special Operations Security Forces military working dog, sits beside his handler before a demonstration at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 17, 2017. Known as “Ari” to those who work with him, Ari Valdo has been protecting Cannon for just over two years. According to Staff Sgt. Paul Little, 27th SOSFS dog handler, as military canines usually maintain their home base throughout their career, he’ll likely continue his adventures at Cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)  (1) Military K-9 unit: capabilities forged by respect
The military working dog is always one rank higher than its handler.
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Ziko, a military working dog with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, sits alongside Staff Sgt. George Garcia, a military working dog handler with the 1st SOSFS, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 22, 2016. Handlers and dogs are responsible for providing the base with narcotic and explosive detection as well as patrol work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) MWDs: Working hand-in-paw to remain combat ready
During a routine training session, a military working dog trainer takes control of a leash from a handler. At the end of the leash stands a seven-year old, 70-pound fury-faced security forces veteran. The trainer gives the order ‘heel,’ a command that tells the veteran to stand firm against the left side of the trainer’s leg.  Instead, Ziko, a
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A muzzle is placed on an Air Force military working dog prior to a patrol scenario during the Emerald Coast K-9 Clash at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 15, 2014. Military working dog jobs require a high degree of obedience, they can work with or without a leash or harness and are taught when it is and isn’t appropriate to attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kentavist P. Brackin) Hurlburt hosts Emerald Coast K-9 Clash
Air Force and Army military working dog handlers and their four-legged partners gathered for the Emerald Coast K-9 Clash on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 15. The event, hosted by the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, is the first of its kind to be held here.The clash allowed military working dog teams from across the Department of
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