IDD 2.0: Physiological Resilience
Final rept. 1 Aug 2011-20 Aug 2013
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIV STILLWATER CENTER FOR VETERINARY HEALTH SCIENCES
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Improvised explosive device detection dogs 201IDDs202 are used by dismounted Marine Corps patrols to facilitate stand-off detection of explosive devices. Deployment experiences have suggested that these activities result in physiological stresses beyond that which the dogs have been conditioned to tolerate, and as a result the utility of the IDDs have been adversely impacted. The purpose of the studies reported herein was to identify and quantify the physiological stresses of deployment on IDDs and develop recommendations for mitigation of these stresses. The studies quantified the range of metabolic demands associated with typical IDD activities, including caloric and water requirements, documented the improvement in endurance exercise capacity resulting from a revised physical conditioning program, and evaluated selected measures intended to improve voluntary water intake and hydration. The resulting revised management approach for the IDDs was tested against the existing management approach, with positive results in the areas of maintenance of body weight, fatigue-resistance, health and well-being, and detection of concealed explosive substances.
- Stress Physiology
- Ammunition and Explosives