In Photos: Marines and military working dogs hone training skills

Marines and their military working dogs participate in training at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.


Byrd and Gullick are dog handlers assigned to Provost Marshal's Office, K9 Section, Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler. The military working dogs are trained to subdue or intimidate suspects before having to use lethal force. They are also used for detecting explosives, narcotics and other harmful materials.


All MWDs (Military Working Dogs) in use today are paired with a single individual after their training. This person is called a handler. While a handler usually won't stay with one dog for the length of either's career, usually a handler will stay partnered with a dog for at least a year, and sometimes much longer.


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