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    Default Military dog question for DarrinGreene and others with military dog experience

    In the recent thread about a retired military dog needing a ride it mentioned he was 6 years old.

    At six years old a trial dog would be coming into his own and be nearing the peak of his lifetime performance. Is it common for military dogs to retire this early? Can you guess about the age military dogs reach retirement? What would be the usual reasons for retirement?
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    He gets the same retirement package as the rest of the gooberment workers- 3 and out

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    I sold one to K2 2 years ago. They told me that dogs are constantly re evaluated after each deployment. It was explained to me that the dogs work much harder than we work them. Think about it, they are out in sometimes extreme heat for more than just a 10 minute burst.
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    There could be a laundry list of reasons as to why a dog is "retired" at 6 from a military program. I know of some six year old dogs having had 3 deployments already and quite frankly their heart isn't in it anymore. As the military contracts somewhat they will age out dogs sometimes offering them to other agencies or putting them up for adoption. We do have dogs six and older that are still deployable, but for the most part these dogs are being allowed to find a couch and maybe a duck or two for a well earned retirement.

    These dogs lead a very physical, stressful life. And while they are given the best of care, the fact remains they face hardships and stresses much the same as the young men and women we send overseas. A trial dog in comparison leads the life of a pampered couch potato Dogs can be retired for health reasons, environmental issues, psychological issues, competency issues or simply plain excess numbers.
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    That information is probably classified and may also be proprietary, so it really shouldn't be discussed outside the confines of the program.

    It's safe to assume that those decisions would be made on a case by case basis though. Only stands to reason.

    There are a few books out there on the MWD program with more information, if you're curious.
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    Red Devil gives a great explanation. There is also an adoption program setup for these dogs and they definitely deserve a forever home!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Danis View Post
    Red Devil gives a great explanation. There is also an adoption program setup for these dogs and they definitely deserve a forever home!!
    As of mid October '12 no IDD's were being adopted out to the general public.
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    That was a hoax e-mail, that went viral.

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    Wouldn't you know it. Military=classified. If I am going to adopt a dog I want some general information on why the washout at the age of six.
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