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11 Tips to Keep Your Dog Calm and Safe this 4th of July

Posted by Catherine Savoia on Jul 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM


The Fourth of July holiday is synonymous with fireworks and freedom.  While the festivities are a time of fun and relaxation for us, our furry friends often struggle during the firework displays. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), more pets go missing over the Fourth of July weekend than any other time of year.  MSA would like to share some tips, verified by our on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Steven Velling, to keep your canine safe and happy during the holiday!
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Topics: safety tips, dog tips, independence day, 4th of july

17 Firework Safety Tips for 4th of July!

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jul 2, 2015 2:00:00 PM


Image Credit: Daily Herald 
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Topics: crowd control, emergency preparedness, safety tips, fireworks, independence day, 4th of july

MSA's Military Heroes and their Canine Partners

Posted by Catherine Savoia on Jun 26, 2015 12:11:00 PM


MSA is a proud supporter of veterans. Many of our Explosive Detection Canine Handlers have prior military experience, and were actively involved in working with K9 soldiers during their tenure.  As we continue to salute the achievements of working dogs, we would like to share their heartwarming stories of courage and friendship.

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Topics: Explosive Detection, explosive detection canine, explosive incident, bomb dog, Bomb Dogs, military experience, military working dogs

12 Fun Facts About Bomb Dogs

Posted by Catherine Savoia on Jun 25, 2015 11:30:00 AM

1. Dogs are considered the most effective bomb detectors.  With nearly $19 billion spent on research and development, no machine or technological advancement has proven to be more successful in detecting explosives than a dog.

 

Image Credit: Smithsonian Magazine

 

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Topics: explosive detection canine, Bomb Dogs, guiding eyes for the blind, max the hero, max movie, bomb dog facts, puppies behind bars

Sergeant Eldridge and EDC Demon

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jun 24, 2015 1:51:00 PM

All of MSA’s Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) handlers emanate from specialized law enforcement organizations or military units. Several of our handlers, such as Staff Sergeant Paul Eldridge, also served as canine handlers while in the military.

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Topics: Bomb Dogs, max the hero, max movie, military working dogs, us army

A Soldier's Best Friend

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jun 23, 2015 4:22:11 PM

Military working dogs have played crucial roles in every US battle since the Civil War to attack, guard, curry, locate enemies, and more. In recent decades, the US military has scaled up its training and utilization of canines for explosive detection, narcotics detection, and patrol purposes. Military canines go through extensive training in order to perform this important work.

US War Dog Memorial, New Jersey

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Topics: explosive detection canine, Bomb Dogs, max the hero, max movie, military working dogs

Max and Military Working Dogs

Posted by Lori Hickey on Jun 22, 2015 10:04:09 AM

Max” is a heartwarming tale, based on the true story of a military working dog. While deployed in Afghanistan, Max’s handler dies in battle. He is then adopted by his handler’s family, attempting to adjust to his new life, without his handler and best friend.
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Topics: bomb dog, Bomb Dogs

MSA Salutes Hero Working Dogs

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jun 21, 2015 11:22:28 AM

With Warner Brothers' new working dog movie, Max, being released this coming Friday, June 26th, MSA would like to share the stories of 15 real life hero dogs. 

 

Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Bos and Military Working Dog Cila were partners for almost five years, performing roadside bomb searches in Iraq in addition to domestic security work.  After sustaining a back injury, Sgt. Bos left the army, which meant leaving Cila behind to continue her work.  But about two years later Cila retired, giving Sgt. Bos the opportunity to adopt his old friend.  The two can be seen reuniting above.

 

 

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Topics: explosive detection canine, Bomb Dogs, MWD, max the hero, max movie, military working dogs

Warner Bros' "Max" Movie

Posted by Lori Hickey on Jun 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: explosive detection canine, Bomb Dogs, max movie, warner bros

Meet Our Puppy Raisers: Colleen and Tammy

Posted by Miranda Tomic on Jun 15, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Like all work or service dogs, MSA’s Explosive Detection Canines (EDC) undergo extensive training to be able to perform the work they do. Before entering MSA’s proprietary explosive detection training program, canines must receive initial socialization and obedience training. Periodically, canines who received initial training in a different line of work will be redirected to explosive detection based on their temperament and skills.  
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Topics: explosive detection canine, Bomb Dogs, edc, guiding eyes for the blind

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