By Stephen Paul Stewart
Army operating canine are silently profitable the battle opposed to the world's deadliest insurgents; daily saving soldiers' lives within the most deadly nation on this planet. Many were rescue animals, overlooked or mistreated via their vendors prior to being given a brand new hire of lifestyles at the entrance line. From the featureless plains of Helmand and Kandahar to army bases in Germany, military puppy groups paintings day and evening to maintain us secure yet, till lately, their braveness and sacrifice has now not been absolutely understood or favored.
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Extra resources for A Soldier's Best Friend: The canine heroes of Afghanistan
Cut-Off Signal: something a dog does to end unwanted behavior (turning head to the side, walking away). Note: Displacement, calming and cut-off signals are often overlapping behaviors. Deciphering the signals must take into consideration the context of a particular situation. A dog that yawns may be saying, “I’m uncomfortable” (displacement) or “I want the other dogs around me to know I’m not a threat” (calming signal). Cut-off signals are often easier for owners to interpret, as their intention is more direct in wanting to express a need to either escape or control a situation.
But it’s true! ” and he’s working very hard to try to figure you out. Perceptions about and reactions to circumstances differ among owners and their dogs. The human end of the leash may view something as uneventful, or even ordinary, while the dog’s end may respond to the same stimuli with alarm. A delivery boy, or other service person, or a neighbor’s child who grabs a tail, pulls an ear or pokes an eye may go unnoticed by an owner, but such a person can ignite a dog’s sense of fear, or his protective impulse.
An expansive human barrier was formed and the entire block was cordoned off. A calm energy replaced chaos and panic. Specific tasks were implemented, allowing the dachshund to become more in tune with his other drives. Waving his favorite toy out to him triggered his prey drive, which then assisted us in moving him in a desired direction. His owner standing in a key location elicited the pack drive—the desire to be near his family. With a strategy in place and a combined effort under way, a dog’s life was saved.
A Soldier's Best Friend: The canine heroes of Afghanistan by Stephen Paul Stewart