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Training Dogs for War.

', . Experiments in training dogs to jwt, ;in time ,o'Fwar,"as' sco^tei 'messenger^ ,-\ and sentinels, are .being ca'ifrieel u on ,'with success in most of the infantry regiments garrisoned in France. The manner in which they are educated is curious. When a dog is to act as messenger, two men are det«ac,hed.A<W IKP9 atV an(* wa^ about a mile j the animal being led by the collar. man remains stationary, while ,ttie.oftier-returns to his starting point. On being let loose, the dog immediately sets in pursuit of the latter; and finds its way with unerring regularity. To insure the deliver^ of despatches, a small bag of dark material is strapped on the animal's back. As a sentinel, the dog will scent a stranger at a distance of one hundred yards, and will commence prowling, barking, or evincing disquietude in some other manner. In order to accustom them tosoout's duty the dogs are encouraged to search a field orj a thicket in which'soldiers, wearing foreign uniforms, lie in ambush.' As soon as the animals,perceive the latter, they retreat, running to the'soldiers.-who accompany them, and thus announcing the presence of an enemy. Their instinct seldom misleads them, and they have been found very useful as a means of communicating with patrols and detash'ments on outpost dutyi- In time of war^ they ar,4.,a150 intended to search for wounded soldiers and loiterers, ,■ as -well as to carry provisionsaud a'nunu'niibioii to outposts. An 1 interesting fight is afforded, by the spectacle of these four-footed soldiers at drill,' says an eye witness; uhde"r, the command of a sub-lieutenant, and surrounded byaii admiring 1 group of'vagrant curs, who do not enjoy the distinction of being enrolled under tho French flag, and wlio contomplato their four-legged 'brethren with evident envy.. «, ■' . •' •

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Training Dogs for War., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890

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Training Dogs for War. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890