A U.S. Marine canine-handler patrols an area in Afghanistan. IEDs leak trace amounts of gas that dogs can detect by smell.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has built a simulation program for handlers of improvised explosive device (IED)-detecting dogs to train in a virtual environment.
The video game helps military dog handlers practice reading their dog’s behavioral cues and giving commands. “Not only should the dog be taking cues from the handler, the handler should be taking cues from the dog,” said Adam Moses, lead developer of the virtual training.
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