31K Military Working Dog Handler

  • Connecticut - Army National Guard
  • Newtown, CT 06470, USA
  • Jun 18, 2024
Police and Protection

Job Description

Dogs are known as man’s best friend. They’re loyal, smart, and agile, which is why they stand alongside our Soldiers and serve our Nation. Behind every fearless working dog, is an equally dedicated handler, and as a Military Working Dog Handler in the Army National Guard, you will be responsible for the training, welfare, and use of your assigned K9.

Job Duties
• Patrol Drug Detector Dog (PDDD) handler
• Patrol Explosive Detector Dog (PEDD) handler
• Health and welfare searches
• Law and order operations
• Installation force protection
• VIP support
• Customs support

Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Basic use of firearms
• Military/civil laws and jurisdiction
• Arrest and restraint of suspects
• Specialized dog handling techniques

Helpful Skills
• Ability to understand conditioning behaviors in training dogs
• Ability to make quick decisions
• Patience
• Ability to interact with people

Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career with federal, State and local law enforcement. Many of the jobs skills you learn will also help you perform jobs that involve working with animals.

Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.

Job training for Military Working Dog Handlers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 17 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT) on how to care for, handle, and train a Military Working Dog (MWD). The training is in two phases. The first phase covers on-the-job instruction and teaches police methods and techniques for dog handling. The second phase of instruction provides basic instructions on the application of MWD utilization and employment capabilities. Phase II instructs in basic obedience, controlled aggression, first aid, principles of conditioning, building searches, scouting, detection, and daily care and grooming of assigned MWD.



  • Paid training
  • A monthly paycheck
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Federal and State tuition assistance
  • Retirement benefits for part-time service
  • Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
  • 401(k)-type savings plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
  • Health care benefits available
  • VA home loans
  • Bonuses, if applicable
  • Most non-prior service candidates will earn between $200 and $250 per drill weekend, subject to change

  • Military enlistment in the Army National Guard
  • Must be at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • Must be between the ages of 17 and 35
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam and meet legal and moral standards
  • Must meet citizenship requirements (see NATIONALGUARD.com for details)

Requires military enlistment. Programs and benefits are subject to change. Ask your Army National Guard recruiter for the most up-to-date information. Actual MOS assignment may depend on MOS availability.

Other Job Information

Job ID: 1260
ZIP Code: 6470
Job Category: Police and Protection
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