Meet The Military Canines That Helped Dog Bin Laden

(CBS) — They’re called war dogs, and they’re playing a crucial role in the U.S. military.

When the Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, they had a specially trained canine with them. Nearly 3,000 active duty dogs are serving in the armed forces now.

They’re trained to wear breathable body armor and are outfitted with a camera on their head to send live video to soldiers in other positions.  They can jump from airplanes in tandem with their trainer, or even make jumps on their own.

The biting power of their jaws can exert 400 to 700 pounds of pressure.

Their teeth are reinforced with titanium.

“I’d rather be shot than have that thing tear me up,” trainer Alex Dunbar tells CBS.

  • Jean O'Brien

    We’re man’s best friends, we do what we do for humans out of pure love, but we need a little help. We’re willing to patrol 100 yards ahead of our humans, putting ourselves in deadly harm’s way because we want only to please. So couldn’t you guys have kept us a secret? The snipers will be scanning for us out front now. Thanks for making us targets.
    War Dog

  • AvaV

    What’s the point of the titanium teeth? Just one more thing the poor animal has to endure.

  • Eric Thompson

    well they can afford to give dogs free dental but cant help our citizens…wow

    • Pothead

      Eric, wow, you are an idiot. These dogs protect our soldiers in dangerous places . I could use some free dental but I think the soldiers should come first.
      Same for you Ava, I’d rather lose a dog than a human.

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