MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT

The Making of a Mine Detection Dog 

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MLI's humanitarian work would not be possible without our Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) and Explosive Detection Dogs (EDDs). The importance of these dogs and the lifesaving work they perform is extraordinary and helps accelerate demining operations around the world. These amazing dogs require extensive training and care throughout their lives and careers. While these costs may run high, such an investment saves lives and limbs in war-torn countries. MLI is currently providing assistance to indigenous demining organizations to expand their MDD and EDD capacity in Iraqi Kurdistan and Sri Lanka. 

 

We ask for your support today to help us support the training of life-saving dogs in these landmine-contaminated countries. 

 

By donating through our website, you can help us make the world a safer place for millions of people affected by landmines every day.

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Have you ever wondered how a dog becomes an MDD or EDD?

 

Our dogs undergo a rigorous selection process before starting their training at one of our partner facilities in Sarajevo, Bosnia, or in Texas. Our puppies come from reputable breeders in Europe, and are closely examined to determine which ones have the aptitude to become an MDD. When a puppy is picked to attend training, he has typically been chosen for his temperament, drive to work, ability to get along with other dogs and people, and obedience. 

Once selected, training to become a mine detection dog is completed in two phases, with the first phase lasting between 3-5 months, during which the dogs learning how to identify all of the different explosive odors found in landmines. During this process, they also learn to alert their handler of a landmine by sitting still, looking back at their handler, and staying safe by not moving a muscle until they have been released with praise and a toy. None of MLI's dogs have ever been hurt or killed while working. 

 

When a dog successfully completes his first stage of training, MLI sends him to a landmine-affected country that desperately needs assistance. The new MDD is assigned to a handler, and together, this man-dog team will complete the final stage of training, which generally lasts an additional 4 months, before becoming certified to International Mine Action Standards and beginning their work together.  By searching for mines and accelerating the pace of clearance operations, the MDD teams not only save lives, but also positively impact the socio-economic growth of fragile post-conflict countries and increase the likelihood that these countries will remain at peace. In each country where MLI has developed an initial MDD capacity, the beneficiary countries have greatly expanded their MDD programs, recognizing the great value that the heroic animals provide.

 

Thank you for your support in helping men, women, and children walk the earth in safety!

 

 
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