Bomb sniffers

Explosive detector dogs work with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

Dog handlers say their work in the field is as much an art as a science.

On a patrol, when soldiers see something suspicious, the animal is called to help determine if it’s an explosive.

Terrero looks for changes in his dog’s behaviour, signalling a bomb is nearby. When he sees those changes, Terrero pulls Bartek close and embraces him to prevent his animal from getting any closer to an explosive.

“You have to read your dog,” he says.

“When you see the change in behaviour, you know that is it and you have to tell the soldiers ‘there’s something here.'”

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