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Published:May 6th, 2011 11:55 EST
Can the Navy Seals Train my Dog?

Can the Navy Seals Train my Dog?

By Donna Cavanagh

In reading the news this morning, I came upon the hundredth or so article about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.  The newest addition to the trove of information focused on the dog that was part of the raid. Apparently, this dog, which is either a Belgian Malinois or a German Shepherd, was strapped to a Navy Seal while they were both lowered from a helicopter, and according to the story, it was indeed this pooch`s snout that sniffed out the illusive Bin Laden in his lair.

In order to shield the dog from the limelight and the thousands of interview requests from journalists and talk show hosts, the government has decided to keep the brave dog`s identity a secret.  I guess they need the dog to stay focused and not fall into the ego trap of believing his or her own press.

Okay, I need to sign up my lab/shepherd mix, Frankie, for the Navy Seals. She obviously needs a stronger hand in the obedience training department.  The military dog can sniff out fugitives and really big bad guys in the midst of gun battles and whatever other chaos was going on, and I can`t even get my 90-pound moose to sit and stay on command.

Yes, the military dog will be awarded the highest of honors for helping the navy conduct one of the most complicated and heroic raids in history, and I can`t get my dog to come to me from the back of the yard when I call her.  The Osama-sniffing dog can bite through steel-enforced clothing with his or her titanium tooth and my dog wants her hot dogs cut up into little pieces so she doesn`t choke.  (I don`t know if she`s afraid of choking but she won`t eat hot dogs whole)

 Yes, I used to think it was the dog`s fault why she didn`t listen, but I am starting to wonder if it`s me.  I am going to call the Navy Seals and see if they want to try their hand at training my dog.  They don`t have to keep her. I will happily take her back, but when she returns from boot camp, I want a dog that is brave, trustworthy and obedient.  If that is too much to ask, can`t she at least become a dog that gives me back my side of the bed?  I am not asking for much.