The explosives sniffing dog, which is a member of Austria’s version of the SAS, took part in Operation Cold Response along with British special forces and Royal Marines assault teams.
Securely strapped to his handler and with a muzzle to stop him damaging his mouth on landing, he plunged 10,000ft from a transporter plane over Narvik.
‘It’s something he does a lot and he’s very comfortable with. He has a much cooler head than most recruits,’ said one special operations trooper.
Far from panicking at the experience of hurling themselves out of a plane from such a great height, the Austrians’ Belgian Shepherd dogs appear to be perfectly calm both before and during the jump.
One handler explained: ‘They don’t perceive height difference the same way humans do, so that doesn’t worry them.
‘They’re more likely to be bothered by the roar of the engines, but once we’re on the way down, that doesn’t matter and they just enjoy the view.’
Source: Daily Mail U.K.
The explosives sniffing dog, which is a member of Austria's version of the SAS,…
by Len Waldron / Mar 15, 2010