15 awesome photos of military working dogs

Military working dogs are paired with handlers and these dynamic duos move around military bases and battlefields, searching out explosives, protecting patrols, and hunting down fugitives.

Here are 15 photos of the furry, four-legged troops:

1. Military working dogs are heroes to troops around the world.

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Photo: US Air Force Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet

2. They can move quickly across the battlefield and through obstacles.

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Photo: Department of Defense

3. They have a reputation for being vicious when the need arises.

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Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Carmichael Yepez

4. It’s a well-earned reputation.

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Photo: US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dawn M. Price

5. But the dogs are only following orders.

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Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julia A. Casper

6. They’d much rather play or hang out.

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julia A. Casper

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julia A. Casper

7. The canines require a lot of exercise.

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Damian Berg

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Damian Berg

8. Military working dog handlers have to make sure the dogs get time to run and work out.

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan

9. Obstacle courses allow for unique challenges.

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Photo: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Damian Berg

10. The K9s usually have a few toys that are used as rewards for completing work and doing a good job.

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Photo: US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Caleb Gomez

11. The dogs are employed protecting patrols, searching out bad guys, and detecting explosives or narcotics.

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Photo: US Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

12. Military working dogs are an important part of military security.

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Photo: US Air Force Senior Airman Jesse Lopez Jr.

13. Overseas the dogs are kept with their handler and the team can be medevaced if either member is hurt or sick.

Dustoff medic attaches military working dog and handler to a MEDEVAC blackhawk's hoist.

Photo: US Army

14. The dogs generally ride out on special harnesses that allow them to stick with a human.

Military working dog takes flight

Photo: US Army Sgt. Michael Needham

15. Military working dogs continue to be a comfort and partner to service members in the U.S. and abroad.

Photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston

Photo: Air Force Senior Airman Perry Aston

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