MWD

Check out this video from 5326 Solutions; he’s demonstrating some K9 kit from Elite K-9.

I love to watch a dog Do Work.

Elite K-9 Special Operations Harness: http://www.elitek9.com/Special-Operations-K-9-Harness/productinfo/MH020/

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Here’s something for the puppy pushers. The weather in many parts of the country is making walking a little tougher on K9s and MWDs. (Note: please stop commenting about this acronym – MWD is a Military Working Dog, WMD is a Weapon of Mass Destruction, and while there are definitely some bad ass working dogs out there, they are not typically considered WMDs.)

Anyway, there’s a lot of snow- and ice-melting substances being used out there right now. Walking in the snow and slush left over from such use can push salt crystals up between the pads on the dog’s paws (not a good thing). You also of course have to worry about chunks of ice and other debris. If you have the option at your kennel or residence, use a non-toxic, salt-free melting product. If you don’t have any choice in the matter, get your partner in the Red Rocket Brigade a pair of good boots.

These are the Ruff Wear Bark’n Boots Grip Tex boots for canines. They’re all terrain boots with nonmarking Vibram soles – you might consider using them during warmer months too, if you’re working somewhere that presents other threats to the dog’s paws.

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We’ve talked before about the Fight and Flight Tactical K9 rig: http://kitup.military.com/2012/06/fight-and-flight-k9-rig.html. Now there’s an update. The MK VII Tactical K9 Harness (that’s seven, as in between six and eight for you grunts) is in production now, and the MK VII Sport K9 Harness with plastic ITW buckles in lieu of Cobra buckles and no rear leg loops is on the way.

The Medium (50-75lb) Mark VII is available now; the pattern for big boys and bitches (up to 125lbs) will accomplished and good to go within a month or so.

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This is Rocco. Rocco likes his dog collar from Combat K9 in Multi-Cam. Rocco is a bad ass who gets all the bitches (literally). He wears only the tacticoolest kit. Yes, even MWDs, police canines and other working dogs know tacticool when they see it. Described as “the strongest, toughest, and longest lasting dog collar on the market,” it is rated to hold up to 900lbs, will adjust from 19″ to 31″, has a stainless steel metal buckle. They have a lifetime guarantee and are made in the USA.

The MC version isn’t on the website yet…not sure why that is. Ask about it at info(at)combatk9.com.

You might also look around at Warrior Expo East, if you’re lucky enough to be there. Combat K9 might be wandering around there.

Cave Canem.

Rocco has no time for your foolishness. Rocco knows how damn good he looks.Rocco shows off his collar from Combat K9.

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Those of you who liked the idea of the MWD load bearing kit from a few days back might like this.

Warning. NSFW: Language

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This should make the human members of the Red Rocket Brigade happy. Fight and Flight Tactical has redesigned their K9 patrol harness (the one for the dog, not the handler). They’re asking for feedback from K9 handlers on their Facebook page.

Specs:
* Redesigned retention system using principles used in parachute and rappelling harnesses
* Replaced 1″ V-rings with 1.75″ V-rings for faster lead engagement
* Carry handles now circumnavigate the backstrap
* New Skidplate belly piece has a pocket for cold packs, for those hot days on patrol
* Will be available soon with either Cobra buckles and metal adjusters or plastic buckles and adjusters (for those on a budget)

Note: the versions with Cobra buckles will have all metal hardware for those handlers who need to rappell with their dog or have one so damn mean it needs to be sling-loaded. The hook-and-loop on top is for mounting sensors, cameras and other accessories though it will also obviously hold a morale patch or perhaps a Velcro-lined beer coozie.

The one featured in these pictures is for a medium sized dog; they don’t currently make gear for dawgs under 45lbs. If you need a custom rig built, you should contact them with measurements of the following: Top of the shoulders to the base of the tail, chest circumference, belly circumference right behind the ribcage (like where the straps are), and chest to the back of the ribcage (straight line, not around the body).

Fight and Flight advises feline lovers that cats will fit in this exact same ring. Just insert them into the slobbery pink opening on the sharp end.

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Close-up of the Skidplate... what do you guys think, all mesh, or mesh and fabric (shown in mesh and fabric). All mesh would catch mud and debris easier, but would be more ventilated when not using a cold pack. Fabric and mesh would be more durable and less likely to pick up debris. (Fight and Flight Tactical)

The Mad Duo homage to MWD and LE K9s...in memory of Titan, Nemo and others.

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Under the Radar has a review up by Kit Up!’s David Reeder about the book Soldier Dogs, by Maria Goodavage. Goodavage, whose father was a very young soldier in WWII, is a former USA Today reporter who now writes for Dogster and other places. After hearing about Cairo’s involvement in Operation Neptune Spear she wanted to learn more about MWDs (Military Working Dogs) and the roles they play in the war effort – not just operationally, but in the lives of their handlers. (Note: she’d written about Military Working Dogs before, but wanted to do more and help bring it to a larger audience: here’s where she first talks about the project.) She’d already been working on the concept of a book. News of Cairo provided more impetus. If you’re interested,  read the review of Soldier Dogs. Her articles on Dogster, many of which concern MWDs and their handlers, are archived here.

SSgt Alissa Jones and her partner Marco. Marco was killed in Iraq.

MWD Carla and her handler, Sgt. Walker, 40TH MP Det helped by Cav scouts over a wall.

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