The soldier's best friend: 9 ways that militaries use dogs for missions

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'Canine couriers' carried messages from one post to another during World War I.

'Canine couriers' carried messages from one post to another during World War I.
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This majestic-looking pug was given his own tiny pair of glasses and binoculars.

This majestic-looking pug was given his own tiny pair of glasses and binoculars.
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Dogs were also trained to locate wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

Dogs were also trained to locate wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
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Supplied with their own gas masks, they could bring supplies or rations to wounded soldiers.

Supplied with their own gas masks, they could bring supplies or rations to wounded soldiers.
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Dogs are part of the team — they don't get left behind.

Dogs are part of the team — they don't get left behind.
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They do get their own pair of 'doggles.'

They do get their own pair of 'doggles.'
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Dogs and their handlers are hoisted onto helicopters as a pair.

Dogs and their handlers are hoisted onto helicopters as a pair.
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Military dogs wear glasses and goggles to help protect their eyes.

Military dogs wear glasses and goggles to help protect their eyes.
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Military dogs are proficient at detecting bombs, weapons and drugs and are also used in counter-terrorism missions.

Military dogs are proficient at detecting bombs, weapons and drugs and are also used in counter-terrorism missions.
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