New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_5412
Training a dog with the medic corps, World War I, c. 1917.
What is the dog being trained to do?
How can you tell that this dog is being trained to assist medical officers?
The official use of dogs in the U.S. military began in WWII, although they were used before then unofficially. Dogs have participated in many wars since then. Research some famous military dogs and their accomplishments.
English Language Arts: Write a journal entry from a dog's perspective as he is assisting in battle.
Math: One dog that served in WWI traveled 4,000 meters over difficult terrain to carry a message from the front to one brigade’s headquarters. He made the trip in 60 minutes. How fast was he traveling?
Science: Breed is important when choosing dogs for military use. German shepherds are the standard dog chosen. Why do you think German shepherds make good military dogs?
Kopelman, Jay and Melinda Roth. From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2008. ISBN: 1599211823
Ruffin, Frances E. Military Dogs. New York, NY: Bearport Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 1597162736
Lemish, Michael. War Dogs: A History of Loyalty and Heroism. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, 1999. ISBN: 1574882163