Sweden's secret dogs -- specially trained in mine detecting -- will be on their way to join United Nations police forces in Gaza shortly.
Sweden's secret dogs -- specially trained in mine detecting -- will be on their way to join United Nations police forces in Gaza shortly. For this hush-hush job, the training has been extensive besides being veiled from public view. However, a BCINA cameraman was given special permission recently to see the dogs in camp in North Sweden.
During training, he learned, the dogs must first of all learn not to fear gunfire. Then they must adopt a "point" attitude, standing motionless and looking in the direction of the mine. Their handler can then approach and dispose of the danger. Reward: one sweet, then off to find the next mine.
The dogs, it is said, get the same food -- and the same pay -- as their handlers. They work many times faster than hand-control detecting instruments and the risk to human life is considerably cut.
A dog's life indeed. But these animals, in clean and well-kept surroundings in Sweden, receiving good food -- and good pay -- seem to be able to wag a tail about the whole thing.