Ryan Paddock has served in the US Navy for 4 years and has been training military working dogs since 2005. He has developed green dogs (untrained working dogs), protection dogs and both narcotic and explosive detection canines. Ryan worked in various locations in the Middle East, and has conducted numerous VIP sweeps for high-ranking US Armed Forces officials. Ryan is certified as a Narcotic Dog Handler, Explosive Dog Handler, and as a Patrol/Attack Dog Handler.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Larry Harris, a Military Working Dog handler, with his dog Aaron prior to training at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on July 9, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt. Stephen Hudson)
U.S. troops in Afghanistan are relying more and more on the noses of military working dogs to sniff out deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These highly trained dogs landed in the spotlight recently when it was learned that Cairo, a Belgian Malinois, was part of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.