Rescue Dogs Hired by Boeing to Protect Factories

April Livingston | October 27th, 2017

The Boeing Company, famously known for its large airplanes, has many specialized employees. Their staff includes engineers and machinists, but those trained individuals also work with an elite group of highly trained employees. These employees are given an important task: they must keep everyone in the company safe from any sort of threat or danger. These individuals are of course highly compensated for this job. However, it might shock you to hear that they are paid primarily in toys and treats. We are talking about the members of the Boeing K-9 unit comprised of ten teams of explosive detection dogs who each have a human handler.

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These teams work in all the Boeing facilities, in the Puget Sound Region, Chicago, South Carolina, Texas, California, and Virginia. Most impressively, most of the dogs on the K-9 team are rescues from local animal shelters. The company has even created trading cards of the dogs with fun facts like their back story and what they do in their spare time. They are beloved by their fellow employees too, as they feel safer knowing the dogs are ensuring a safe environment to work. The dogs regularly inspect the company’s factories, offices, and space and defense facilities.

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The dogs also investigate bomb threats, suspicious packages and vehicles visiting the facilities. The dogs are certified annually, to ensure they can accurately detect over 17,000 different explosive chemicals. They are also trained to sniff out guns and ammunition and are trained to be around loud noises that typically come with being around large jets. The dogs are carefully selected based on their personality and energy levels, and then go through an intensive training program. They work on the job for six to eight years, and then are rewarded with a comfortable (and certainly well-deserved!) retirement around the age of 9 or 10.

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