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Saturday, December 3, 2016

The army invented the “dog-biathlon”


For the first time in the Russian Armed forces were competitions not only for people but also for their four-legged assistants. The winners of the “Faithful friend” will represent Russia in the international Army games-2016 in August.

Photo: mil.ru

The final stage of the all-army competition “Faithful friend” was held from 20 to 25 June in the 470-th training order red Star center of dog of the armed forces under the Moscow region Dmitrov.

The center includes a unique kennel “Red star”, which in his time were bred new dog breeds: black Russian Terrier and Moscow watchdog. The center is the only place where specialists service dog for guarding, mine and search, search and rescue and investigation services.

The winners of district stages arrived early to the center to their four-legged friends had a rest and underwent acclimatization. This is important, for example, the participants of the Eastern military district traveled with their Pets to Moscow on the “mailer”, which was flying from Khabarovsk more than 12 hours. A few shepherd and Alabai have withstood the flights, never even sacculi, however, it is clear that after such a difficult journey dogs needed to recover. Also a counselor that dogs are given the opportunity to conduct introductory training on the new highway.

Canine competition consists of 4 exercises that were evaluated, the jury on the speed and accuracy of their assignments.

Participants with their Pets competed in the Dog biathlon on 3 km, which took place on the principle of individual race with two shootings for shooting from small-caliber rifles from the prone position and standing.

In the second exercise, “Protective service needed to carry out the detention and examination of the offender as well as demonstrate protection from attack the intruder with its subsequent escort.

The third test was the “Dog-biathlon — relay”, in which a team of 4 members with dogs overcame a distance by using one of practical shooting from a standing position.

In the final exercise, the handlers showed the skills to cope with dogs specialized 300-meter obstacle course.

Basically the competition is dog-breeds German and East European shepherd dog, black Terrier, Labrador and Alabai. As told “MK” the staff of the center, are dogs that help guard service. Interestingly, in order to select the puppy that is perfect for guard duty, the experts look at the activity and curiosity of dogs, but the main criteria is the lack of aggression. The dog should be able to stop in time, hearing the command, angry and uncontrollable animals in a fall. “Currently in the Armed forces of the Russian Federation serving more than 3,500 dogs,” — said the chief judge of competitions, the head of Department of service of troops and military security service of the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation the General-major Vladimir Golovachev.

The results of the competition for the all-army stage in the team competition the first place took the team of military dog handlers of the Western military district, the second — the team of dog handlers of the 12th Main Directorate of the defense Ministry and the third — a command of the airborne troops.

On the international stage of the competition “a True friend” in addition to the teams of Belarus, China and Kazakhstan as observers arrive soldiers of the army of Egypt for acquaintance with rules of carrying out of competitions of dog handlers.

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