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A suicide bomber's worst friend: Never let this dog see you sweat
From MacLean's magazine

NANCY MACDONALD | May 28, 2007 |

To the British pet set, the most fascinating recruit being deployed to Iraq this spring is not a Windsor but a yellow Labrador retriever. Three-year-old Pyeonghwa is the first dog in history trained to detect suicide bombers, according to Ryan O'Meara, editor of K9 Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for dog lovers. Although dogs have been used to sniff out explosives concealed in luggage and boxes, Pyeonghwa has also been trained to read facial signals and body language. On suspicion of a potential bomber, she has been taught to passively signal her handler, who will then tackle the suspect.

"Dogs can practically see you sweat," says noted animal behaviourist Nick Dodman. They are much more in tune with what we're thinking than we give them credit for -- hence they could easily pick up a bomber's anxiety. Scott Shaw, of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts, breeds and trains hunting Labradors. He says they are particularly well-suited to police and army work. First bred as companions to fishermen in Newfoundland, their drive to work with and please people is incredibly strong. And they are nonplussed by loud noises or crowds of people, things that would shake other breeds.

Pyeonghwa (the name means "peace" in Korean) was donated by South Korea's largest conglomerate, Samsung. Better known for cellphones, the electronics firm established a dog-training school in Gyounggi province in 1994, and routinely donates guide dogs to the visually and hearing impaired.

"South Korea has a reputation in the West as a nation of 'dog eaters,' " O'Meara explains. Samsung, and particularly the company's president, doesn't like it, and wants to create a new image of the dog to Koreans as pets and helpers, and of Koreans to the West. Trained by specialized British police officers, Pyeonghwa will be deployed to northern Iraq, where a suicide bomber killed 30 at the offices of a Kurdish political party earlier this week. She answers to sit, stay and ready, aye, ready
 

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Re: A soldier's best friend - A suicide bomber's worst friend

TOTALLY awesome !

Melissa
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