Accession Number:

AD0736860

Title:

Specialized Mine Detector Dog

Descriptive Note:

Technical memo. 7 Dec 1970-30 Jun 1971

Corporate Author:

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ENTERPRISES INC HOT SPRINGS AR

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1971-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Two Golden Labrador Retrievers were trained by operant conditioning methods to detect modified type M14 antipersonnel mines buried at varying depths in an open field. On detection of a buried mine, the dog was required to sit near the mine and remain until verification could be made. At the home training area the dogs experienced difficulty in making detections at depths greater than two inches. Compacted soil, grass, stubble, and heat proved handicapping. One mine was detected at a depth of four inches. During tests at Aberdeen Proving Ground under simulated field conditions, mines buried two years were detected at depths of one-half inch.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE