How do you train dogs to look for bombs?
We start them off by encouraging them to find a hidden toy, and give them a treat when they succeed. Then we'll put the scent of explosives near the toy. Eventually, they learn to locate just the scent.
Where do you start?
The dogs actually train you at first. You start with an experienced animal that knows what to do, so that you can learn the ropes. Then you are paired with a younger dog, about 18 months old, and bond with it before going on operations together.
What do you do on operations?
When on operations, we investigated potentially dangerous areas together. When the dog finds a suspected bomb it sits and stares at it. Then we call in the experts to disarm or destroy it.
Do you get nervous?
It's natural to be nervous, we found a number of IEDs while we were on tour but I didn't ever find it too scary. If you've got faith in yourself and your dog, then you don't have to be too nervous.
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