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    Default Military Pit Bull in Afghanistan

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    Tuesday, September 4, 2012
    Afghanistan Part II



    August 7, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard pause for a moment during a foot patrol in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

    The 82nd Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team has employed a unique tactic against the increasing improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan, Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs. The TEDD teams are sent into the field to accompany foot patrols where they are effective in detecting potential IED threats. Unlike traditional Military Working Dog teams, which the Army has used in the past, TEDD teams are unique in that their handlers are regular infantrymen from the brigade who have been given specialized training in working with the dogs. The brigade has trained and deployed 18 TEDD dogs and handlers during their current deployment in Afghanistan.(Credit Image: © Andrew A. Nelles/ZUMA Press)



    August 4, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, exercises with his dog Howard at FOB Pasab in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Saturday, August 4, 2012.



    August 4, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, exercises with his dog Howard at FOB Pasab in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Saturday, August 4, 2012.



    August 4, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, bathes his dog Howard at FOB Pasab in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Saturday, August 4, 2012.



    August 6, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard fly in a helicopter on their way to link up with a platoon in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Monday, August 6, 2012.



    August 6, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard rest while waiting for a convoy at FOB Howz-E-Madad in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Monday, August 6, 2012.



    August 6, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, right, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard ride in a convoy in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Monday, August 6, 2012.



    August 7, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard search a van in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.



    August 7, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard search a van in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.



    August 7, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard accompany a foot patrol in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.



    August 7, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard stop for a drink during a foot patrol in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.



    August 7, 2012. - Zharay District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan - TEDD handler SPC. Alexander Reimer, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and his dog Howard prepare for bed at COP Sangsar in Zharay District, Kandahar Province on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Howard's kennel is next to Reimer's bed, when kennels are not available they sleep together.



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    Default Re: Military Pit Bull in Afghanistan

    thats pretty cool....

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    Default Military Pit Bull in Afghanistan

    think i rather hang out with a pit bull all day then a malinois, anyway lol

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    All I can say is AWESOME...That dog has done more for USA than most humans.

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    Good story dogs excell at many tasks

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    Great pics! That's awesome!

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    HUH I'm almost amazed that someone in the press hasn't tried to turn this into something negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoogiemanBlood View Post
    HUH I'm almost amazed that someone in the press hasn't tried to turn this into something negative.
    I am also boogie, They will make something so great and pure and turn it into something wrong.

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    i keep tellin people they are capable of doing any kind of work other breeds do they have the drive and intelligence.

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    Great to see a working APBT. Why aren't bulldogs used more often in military and police work? In some ways they are superior to more traditional working breeds. Is it just dogma or is there a logical reason as to why they aren't used more?

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    Most cops hate pits n like to shoot em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman View Post
    Great to see a working APBT. Why aren't bulldogs used more often in military and police work? In some ways they are superior to more traditional working breeds. Is it just dogma or is there a logical reason as to why they aren't used more?
    Why would they use them? If they want an attack dog there are dogs bred just for that... For drug dogs there are dogs bred specifically to have a strong nose and intelligence...

    It's great to see military pit bulls but it's pretty clear why you don't see them more, that's not what they were bred for.

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    This just shows the versatility of the breed. They are a great breed, capable of many things. Open thy mind.

    And point to note; pit bull breeds are banned from most military bases!

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    maybe more of this will change that!

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    Mals and German Shepherds weren't originally bred for this work either.

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    Since the beginning of the breed, the man who created the german shepherd intended for his dog to be a capable attack dog. They needed to be, to guard herds. This made them an obvious choice as a military attack dog and they've been bred for this purpose for so many generations that they are the most suited for the job. Same goes for Malinois, working bloodhounds and drug-sniffing labs.

    The pit bull was created to fight other dogs. This doesn't lend to any particular drive to bite humans. They didn't need a strong nose in the pit, so they aren't anything exceptional when it comes to nosework.

    Yes, they are versatile and some can do the job. But why get a pit bull that isn't intended to do that work? It would be like using a german shepherd in the fighting pit (were it legal). You COULD, and maybe the dog would do well, but why would you?

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    Yea I hear you

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    This is awesome.

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    im in afghanistan right now and a guy came to our COP on a scout platoon with a german shepard about a month and a half ago. just watching them play catch and stuff was a big moral booster for everyone here.

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    so amazin its lovely to see a dog with a job :*

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