K-9 experts trade techniques

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Sgt. Jermaine Rockett, primary narcotics dog handler, 520th MWD Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, tries to break free from a military working dog during a controlled aggression demonstration with soldiers from the K-9 Bn., Philippine army,  July 23.

Sgt. Jermaine Rockett, primary narcotics dog handler, 520th MWD Det., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, tries to break free from a military working dog during a controlled aggression demonstration with soldiers from the K-9 Bn., Philippine army,
July 23.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command

Soldiers from the 520th Military Working Dog (MWD) Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, conducted a weeklong subject matter expert exchange with their counterparts from the K-9 Battalion, Philippine army, July 21-27.

The exercise allowed Soldiers from both armies the opportunity to learn from one another by exchanging ideas, concepts, techniques and experiences within the MWD field.

Some of the training focused on MWD patrols, with an emphasis on aggression, scouting, gunfire tolerance and obedience training; MWD explosive detection with an emphasis on roadways, open areas and village searches; and an MWD demonstration for law enforcement functions, such as traffic stops, building searches and handler protection.

“Basically, we have already adapted the techniques, tactics and procedures of the U.S. Army. It’s our basic doctrine, so it is great to come here and see it applied in person and to see the upgrades,” said Sgt. Dominicio Dado, MWD handler, K-9 Bn., Philippine army. “We can now go back and apply them to our dogs.”

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Dado gave one such example of applying what they’d learned.

“We have not conducted training with our dogs while gunfire was going on, so we now have a new idea that you can train the dogs with gunfire and teach them gunfire tolerance,” said Dado.

After experiencing a week of training with American Soldiers, Dado said they had learned a lot.

“When we go back to our country, we can apply what we have learned to our organization,” he said. “Another thing we will take back with us is the example set by our counterparts, the vision that noncommissioned officers make it happen. And we will make our NCOs open to that vision.”

“This isn’t the first time we’ve trained with different organizations. We train with Transportation Security Administration, Honolulu Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department,” said Staff Sgt. Clayton Glover, trainer/instructor, 520th MWD Det. “We’re always trying to gain knowledge from other departments, as well as different armies, in training techniques in reference to dogs.

“Because everyone trains dogs differently,” Glover continued, “everyone has different regulations, everyone has different protocols. … By us all getting together and understanding each others’ progress in training, we can build from that or add to that as well.”

Philippine army Maj. Roderick Garcia, commander, K-9 Bn., gave his impressions on the training and his counterparts who conducted the training.

“The past few days, they have shown us how to train the dogs by giving self confidence to the dogs. We have learned a lot; I hope training like this not only continues but happens more frequently,” said Garcia. “The professionalism and dedication to duty of our counterparts is something we talked about amongst ourselves; they (U.S. Soldiers) are so professional and dedicated to their jobs.”

As the week came to an end, Sgt. Jermaine Rockett, primary narcotics dog handler, 520th MWD Det., reflected with his Philippine army counterparts.

“It was beautiful. I worked with the Philippine army before when I deployed to the Philippines last year,” said Rockett. “I love dogs and I know they love dogs. They’re asking questions and we’re giving them feedback, a good way to learn. We’re very proud of our organization, and to be able to take our experience and give it to them is a great thing.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A military working dog from the 520th Military Working Dog Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, sprints past soldiers from K-9 Bn., Philippine Army, in pursuit of a role-playing suspect during a controlled aggression exercise, here, July 23, during a weeklong subject-matter expert exchange on military working dogs. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

SCHA military working dog from the 520th Military Working Dog Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, sprints past soldiers from K-9 Bn., Philippine Army, in pursuit of a role-playing suspect during a controlled aggression exercise, here, July 23, during a weeklong subject-matter expert exchange on military working dogs. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba, 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

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