Army scientists designed and developed a realistic dog bite sleeve trainer to improve the performance of military and civilian K9s. Military working dogs often play an essential role in military operations.
Dogs operate in a wide range of capabilities within the military including security, patrol, explosives detection, tracking, search and rescue, guard, sentry and tactical duties. . Trainers use bite training on military-powered dogs to help curb copyright. It can also eliminate the need to use a weapon.
Dr. Stephen Lee, a senior scientist in the Army Research Office, an element from the Army Research Laboratory of the Combat Command Capabilities Development Command, led the sleeve research of the bite, and has a patent for his work. He developed the product with students from Wilson College of Textile and Materials Science and Senior Engineering Design courses at North Carolina State University in support to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Military-working dogs are a very important team member and their training is just as important,” Lee said. “These invaluable dogs have provided incomparable support to help Soldiers accomplish their mission and save the lives of the Soldier. This bite sleeve training tool has greatly helped in the development of canines of effective combat. “
Most current bite training sleeves are too bulky to hide, making it harder to train dogs for real-world scenarios. Other sleeves are made of materials such as jute that do not provide a truly realistic training scenario and can reduce the effectiveness of the dogs on the target due to sloping. Silicone bite products require the trainer to attach an additional appendix to a sleeve that limits training scenarios, eliminates realistic hiding, and possibly confuses dogs.
The new bite sleeve provides military working dogs with authentic human skin texture when biting the arm region and reducing the target circumference. This allows for a full mouth bite and a more realistic training scenario for canine dogs.
“Working with ARO on this project was a terrible experience for the students involved,” said Dr. Jesse Jur, an associate professor of textile engineering, chemistry and science at Wilson College of Textiles NC. “Everyone was inspired to improve the dog’s abilities to work in the military. The goals for the project were challenging and required the effort of a multidisciplinary team from both a textile and materials engineering perspective. “
When designing the product, a key aspect was to ensure the safety of both the dogs and their owners. The research team ensured that the selected materials were not toxic to dogs and that the selected materials were puncture-resistant to their handlers.
The bite sleeve is made of silicone outer leather paired with leather-based inner sleeves. The skin is a proprietary prosthetic grade silicone product that looks and feels like human flesh and has an internal mesh support system for resilience. The inner sleeve is a low-profile bite platform constructed of pressure-dissipating foam and several layers of Kevlar fabric to allow for a full-mouth bite, and two adjustable straps allow a custom fit for any trainer.
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command currently uses the bite sleeve for training.
Other inventors listed on the patent include Paul Reid, an ARO systems engineering contractor and technical support for technical assistance, Dr. Albena Ivanisevic, an ARO program manager who worked on technology while in NC State, US Army Special Command Command Soldiers, NC State Textile Engineering Students and Professors Dr. Jess Jur and Dr. Russell Gorga who were consultants in the design teams.
With Army funding, researchers at Campbell University are continuing to advance the design of the concept, making skin even more realistic to enter artificial blood as soon as it bites. The Kinston Police Department successfully tested a prototype earlier this year.
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