View of an IDF drill display, in Gush Etzion, of searching and catching terrorists with the special unit’s search dogs. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90) Gershon Elinson/Flash90
IDF Canine Unit


Dogs are not only ‘man’s best friend.’ They also help the IDF and protect civilians!

The Oketz division of the Israeli Defense Forces is comprised entirely of Israel’s canine soldiers and their combat-ready handlers.

These human and canine soldiers are specially trained to handle highly dangerous and complex situations.

One former soldier, Shachar Goldberg, who used to train dogs for the unit, now trains them for security purposes.

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