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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Training war pups in Russia

It's hard to say, or even guess, what kind of training exercise these puppies were in the midst of when this photo was taken but they both look very in tune on their handler.

DMITROV, RUSSIA - JANUARY 30: Training of military cynologists in dogs nursery 'Red Star' in Knyazhevo village about 80 km away from Moscow on January 30, 2015 in Dmitrov, Russia. (Photo by Pyotr Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).
DMITROV, RUSSIA - JANUARY 30: Training of military cynologists in dogs nursery 'Red Star' in Knyazhevo village about 80 km away from Moscow on January 30, 2015 in Dmitrov, Russia. (Photo by Pyotr Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).

 

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

It’s hard to say, or even guess, what kind of training exercise these puppies were in the midst of when this photo was taken but they both look very in tune on their handler.

Russia has one of the more barbaric pasts when it comes to its war dogs. During World War II the Soviet Union used some of its canines as literal suicide bombers, training them to crawl under enemy tanks strapped with explosives. A despicable practice; thankfully, Russia doesn’t employ dogs the way it used to…

We can rest easy, I think, knowing that these pups photographed at “‘Red Star’ dog nursery” in Dmitrov, Russia, in January, will grow up to look like these guys:

Pyotr Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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