Dog does parachute jump

by Darren Jamieson on March 16, 2010

Some dogs just love to be with their owners, no matter what they’re doing. Dogs are happy sitting on the sofa while you watch TV, sitting on your feet under the table while you eat and sitting in the car while you drive; so long as they’re with their owners, they’re happy.

One dog in Norway, a Belgian Shepherd, has taken this theory a little too far when he went on a parachute jump with his owner, but at least they are both in the army – the Austrian special forces to be precise. The dog is a special sniffer dog, trained to detect explosives and save lives, and his owner is a paratrooper who is training with the British Royal Marines.

Dog does parachute jump

The soldier jumped out of a transporter plane, some 10,000 foot up in the air, with the brave dog strapped securely too him. The dog was even muzzled so that he couldn’t hurt his mouth when he landed.

One of the troopers said about the dog:

It’s something he does a lot and he’s very comfortable with. He has a much cooler head then most recruits.

According to another dog handler, the Belgian Shepherd dog breed are known for their calmness in situations; such as jumping 10,000 foot from a plane:

They don’t perceive height difference the same way humans do, so that doesn’t worry them. They’re more likely to be bothered by the roar of the engines, but once we’re on the way down, that doesn’t matter and they just enjoy the view.

Many people in the UK like to go parachute jumping, either for charity or as a way to get a thrill; perhaps they could now go with their dogs in tow? Would your dog like to do this?

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