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A Man’s Best Friend

It’s human nature to want to pet a dog when you see one. However, as you get closer to a military working dog on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, you’ll soon notice the words “DO NOT PET” stitched into their collar in bright yellow letters, and a handler not far away. As disappointed as some might be, it’s important to heed that warning because MWDs are trained to detect dangerous substances and attack on command…
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kaleb Aikens, a military working dog handler, watches as his partner, Rudy, goes over an obstacle at the kennel on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Dec. 10, 2021. To be effective, MWD’s require a qualified and dedicated handler.

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Author: Pfc. Lauralle Walker

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