What are the Risk Factors for Injury among Military Working Dogs deployed to Iraq?

Research Paper Title Risk factors for injury among military working dogs deployed to Iraq. Background There is limited literature concerning the types of injuries that military working dogs (MWDs) face while in a deployed theater of operations and associated risk factors. Methods To summarise injuries and identify injury risk factors in MWDs during their first… Read More

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What is the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR)?

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR), a unit of the British Army’s Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). The DATR was formerly known as the Defence Animal Centre. 2.0 What does the DATR Do? The DATR delivers animal handling training for more than 400 personnel and role specific training for hundreds… Read More

What is the Number of UK Military Working Dogs that have Died during Operations?

Number of Military Working Dogs On 01 October 2018, there were 833 military working dogs in service with the British Armed Forces. Number of Military Working Dogs that have Died Between 2013 and 2018, four military working dogs have died on operations: Three died in 2013: Two were killed in action; and One died of… Read More

Military Working Dogs & Core Temperature Response

Research Paper Title Core temperature responses of military working dogs during training activities and exercise walks. Background Heat strain is common in military working dogs (MWDs), but can be mitigated by limiting duration of activity to avoid overheating and allowing sufficient time for recovery. To determine work/rest times for MWDs, temperature responses during training must… Read More

Reviewing the Benefits & Challenges of Dogs in the Workplace

Research Paper Title Dogs in the Workplace: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Challenges. Abstract Pet dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs can be seen in workplaces with increasing frequency. Although dogs may provide many benefits to employees and employers, their presence may introduce additional hazards and concerns to the work environment. Therefore, decisions… Read More

Canine Assistance & Military Veterans with PTSD

Research Paper Title Military veterans and canine assistance for post-traumatic stress disorder: A narrative review of the literature. Background Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are a vulnerable population at high risk for depression, isolation, and suicide. A substantial body of anecdotal evidence exists supporting the use of canines as an effective adjunct treatment for… Read More