By Josie October 20th, 2023
This bomb-sniffing Jack Russel reminds us that not all heroes wear capes – and some of them have four legs and a tail!
Jack Russells are renowned for their energy and intelligence, but Patron exemplifies a special talent - a great nose.
Patron reminds us that Jack Russells, though small in stature, are colossal in courage and capability.
This two-year-old Jack Russell Terrier had only just finished learning how to detect explosives.
His handlers attribute this success to both the dog’s innate sensory abilities and the comprehensive training protocols they employ.
Patron has been instrumental in identifying and locating over 262 explosive devices in a single day.
Each detection by Patron facilitates the safe removal and disposal of explosive hazards, reducing the risk to civilian and military personnel.
Patron was awarded a medal by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky for his contributions to detecting explosives.
Above all, the award highlights the tangible impacts of trained dogs in war zones, underscoring their contributions to minimizing risks.
The process involves exposing the dogs to low concentrations of explosive odors, reinforcing correct identifications with rewards.