Licensed Mental Health Professional, Prairie Conlon, talks about Military Dogs

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war dog with soldier

With the recent news about the special ops forces in the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid in Syria, there’s a particular troop member we’d like to talk about. His name is Conan and he’s not your average soldier. This special guy is a hard-working war dog that has helped accomplish this risky operation.

Dogs and the military have had a connection throughout history. Not only in the battlefield but back home as well. Our Clinical Director and Licensed Mental Health Professional, Prairie Conlon, took the discussion to Instagram. Didn’t catch it? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

What are Military Dogs? 

Animals have always played a role in warfare, whether they’ve been used as tools or simply to boost the morale of soldiers, it can be easy to forget the massive contributions animals in war have made during our darkest hours. Military Dogs are canines who are specially trained to serve in the battlefield alongside soldiers.

What Type of Skills do War Dogs Have?

Naturally, war dogs help soldiers by having certain qualities and abilities that humans don’t have. From smell to sight, military dogs are a key asset for tons of missions and tasks. This is why these dogs can be categorized in different roles that vary depending on the skill set and training.

Among the variety of roles assigned to war dogs, some of them are:

  • Explosive Detection
  • Sentry Dogs
  • Tunnel Dogs
  • Messenger Dogs

Dogs and Veterans

On the other hand, non-military or regular dogs can be of great help not only to soldiers but especially to veterans. Rescue dogs can provide the love and support most ex-soldiers need. In some cases, the journey to reestablish a normal life is obstructed by different symptoms and disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Check out Prairie’s take on this!

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