August/September 2015




On the Cover:

  • K-9 Military: Quality Breeding: DOD Program Strives to Establish Proven Bloodlines for Military Working Dogs by Randy Roughton | Photos by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • K-9 Medic: Gastric Dilation-Volvulus (GDV) in the Operational K-9 by Dr. Lee Palmer
  • K-9 Spotlight: K-9 Facility Dedicated to Fallen Marine by Jannette Pippin, reprinted with permission from The Daily News of Jacksonville, NC | Corporal David M. Sonka Multi-Purpose Canine Facility
  • Cover and On the Cover photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.


  • K-9 Bitework: Complementing Your K-9’s Nature: Revisiting the Psychology of Bitework by James Allen Parker
  • K-9 Legal: Beware of the Bite Ratio by John M. Peters, Attorney at Law
  • K-9 Tracking/Trailing: Debunking Tracking Myths: Myth #3 – Active Evaders Lose the K-9 with Back Tracks & Cross Tracks by Jeff Schettler
  • K-9 Training: Tactical Obedience: Attention Heeling by Jerry Bradshaw and Sean Siggins | Photos by Laura Molzon
  • K-9 Conditioning: Resting Easy While on Patrol from Nestle Purina PetCare
  • End Quote: “The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead, we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” – Rudy Giuliani, pictured Military Working Dog Olaf, Lackland Air Force Base

Editor’s Top Picks

  • K-9 Goggles: Rex Specs |
  • E-Collar: Dogtra 3/4 Mile Dog Remote Trainer 1900S |
  • Charity: Combat Canines: The DDoc Foundation |
  • Movie: Max, Best Friend. Hero. Marine. |
  • Clothing: vet*er*an – noun. Grunt Style’s Blank Check shirt |
  • Harness: Elite K-9 Tactical Patrol Harness |
  • Training: 2016 Police K-9 Conference & Vendor Show |
  • Book: Buddies Heartwarming Photos of GIs and Their Dogs in World War II |

Working Dog of the Month: 

  • June 2015 WDOM: Noella Vr and K-9 Arro, Mariakerke, Belgium
  • July 2015 WDOM: James Kenison and K-9 Rocco, Rochester, MN K-9 Unit