MYAKKA CITY, Fla.- Thousands of miles from where a team of 80 Navy SEALS captured and killed Osama Bin Laden, another team is training Belgian Malinois' how to fight in the trenches.
Although the SEALs will not confirm the exact breed that helped to take down the nation's most wanted terrorist, trainers here say the Belgian Malinois would be their first choice.
"Most of the military dogs are Malinois, they use them for their speed, they also use them for their agility. They're good dogs," trainer Rick Vega said.
The Malinois breed isn't as popular as it's bigger counterpart, the German Shepard. But they're widely used to protect ground forces and make great K9 soldiers.
"They know what they're doing and they will actually die for their handler," said Vega.
Cedrick Merlet can attest to that. He says when he was fighting in Kosovo, a Malinois saved the troops by sniffing out explosives. But they aren't trained overnight.
The first thing trainers do is teach the dogs how to play, then they move on to sniffing drugs and explosives.
Training any dog for military or police work means eight hours a day, for two to three years. Then they're ready to go out in the field to protect the community and our soldier's lives.