Other Working Dogs

This page contains information on government, military and law enforcement working dogs.


Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service

US Army Public Health Command.

Provide primary and specialty level care as well as worldwide referral and consultative services for all dogs in Department of Defense (DoD) military working dogs (MWDs) programs and other Federal agencies through our Role 4 facility on Lackland Air Force Base and Role 3 facility at the Medina Annex. Oversee and coordinate Executive Agent responsibilities in the areas of MWD welfare, medical care and authorized research in support of Joint and Interagency missions. Support MWD Handler, Health Care Provider (HCP), Animal Care Specialist (68T) and Veterinary Corps Officer training both as a training site and as the proponent of the MWD Handler Training Package and HCP MWD Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Explosive Detection Dog Teams

Department of Homeland Security

The mission of the Explosive Detector Dog (EDD) Teams is the protection of life and property and providing a strong visible and psychological deterrence against criminal and terrorist acts.

Military Police, Military Working Dog Program (PDF | 199KB)

Department of the Army

This document contains regulation that establishes provost marshal responsibilities, policies, and procedures for the direction, management, and control of the Army Military Working Dog Program, to include the assignment and functions of military working dog teams. It prescribes the standards for selection and retention of handlers and military working dogs, training and employment of military working dog teams, and use of force.

Military Working Dogs (PDF | 4.88MB)

Department of the Army

Field Manual (FM) 3-19.17, July 2005. The last Army dog (FM) was published in 1977. It reflected military working dog (MWD) doctrine developed during the Vietnam era. Although useful at that time, much of the information has since become obsolete. Today, MWD teams are employed in dynamic ways never before imagined.

Penn Vet Working Dog Center

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

The Center is to serves as a consortium for programs that employ dogs to detect threats to local, regional and national security.

Review of US Customs and Border Protection's Procurement of Untrained Canines (PDF | 1MB)

DHLS. Office of Inspector General

This report addresses concerns raised by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson and Representative Kendrick B. Meek regarding the United States Customs and Border Protection's procurement of untrained canines. It is based on interviews with employees and officials of relevant agencies and institutions, direct observations, and a review of applicable documents.

Scientific Working Group on Dog & Orthogonal Detector Guidelines (SWGDOG)

SWGDOG is a partnership of local, state, federal and international agencies including private vendors, law enforcement and first responders. We anticipate that establishing consensus based best practices for the use of detection teams will provide many benefits to local law enforcement and homeland security. SWGDOG information by Terry Fleck (PDF 80KB).

United States Police Canine Association

The first objective of the organization is to unite in a common cause all law enforcement agencies utilizing the services of the canine as an aid in the prevention and detection of crime.

Working Dog Foundation

Internationally recognized organization in the efforts of promoting Police/Working Dogs throughout the world.

Customs dog Detector Dog Manual (PDF | 2.5 MB)

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

This electronic manual provides information on the selection, care, and training of detector dogs. It is intended as a reference guide and training tool for Canine Officers in USDA.