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MATBOCK Monday – Kodiak Releasable Dog Leash

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Good morning and Happy MATBOCK Monday!

KODIAK Releasable Dog – (KRD) Leash

A 43” dog leash made from MILSPEC MultiCam webbing and stitched with KEVLAR thread to maximize durability and resist salt water & sun corrosion. The KRD leash has an ergonomically designed quick release buckle which allows the handler to release the dog from the end of the leash vice unclasping the leash at the collar. The leash features a quick disconnect that can be girth hitched to the belt as well as a standard clasp for secure dog attachment when the remote release is not required.

The KRD leash also doubles as a sling to be used with the MATBOCK Dog Litter allowing the handler to carry out an injured dog or even the added ability to hoist.

Quick Release!

Don’t forget to tune in Monday at 1:00 PM EST as we go live to demo the Kodiak Releasable Dog Leash!

Vote K-9 Cody for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Earlier this year, K-9 Cody was vying for the Law Enforcement category of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards. Thanks to public support, she was selected and now she is in competition for the program’s equivalent of Best In Show.

K9 Cody is a local working dog here in the Tidewater of Virginia. In fact, if you’ve been to Busch Gardens over the past few years, you’ve probably seen her.

She started life as an explosive detection dog and made her way back to the states where she’s been all over the place.

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs.

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Recon K9 Seeks and Finds New Ballistic Partner

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Pompano Beach, Florida August 17, 2020, Recon K9 announced today that they have selected Point Blank Enterprises (PBE) of Pompano Beach, FL as their official manufacturing partner for their K9 ballistics offering. Recon K9 is taking aim at the global tactical K9 market as they hone their focus on becoming the strongest and most sophisticated tactical K9 vest manufacturer for federal, law enforcement, and military working dog handlers.

“We’ve decided to really narrow our focus on doing what we do best, which is creating customer-centric K9 tactical vests that exceed the handler’s expectations and mission requirements. When deciding on who to partner with regarding our ballistic offering it became apparent that Point Blank Enterprises was committed to the same vision we have for superior quality and attention to our customer’s needs. They made our choice an easy one to make” stated Jason Watson, Founder and President of Recon K9 LLC.

Watson began developing working dog equipment for USASOC (United States Army Special Operations Command) back in early 2013 while working for Remington where he developed Remington K9. Several years later when Remington changed course, Watson transferred his passion and his products to Capewell Aerial Systems to start their own K9 tactical manufacturing operation. After two corporate sales to private equity firms, Watson decided to take the reins and spin off his own company with the blessings and support of Capewell to start Recon K9. “I finally get to call all the shots with regards to the products and performance we put out to the market. Recon K9 is the culmination of my 14 years in K9 product development. It’s more than a passion, it’s a desire to create the most excuse free canine equipment that the market has experienced”, Watson noted. 

Jack Greenberg, a Director of Business Development for PBE said, “We’re very excited to collaborate with Recon K9 on their ballistic offerings. They have tremendous expertise in K9 applications, and now coupled with our superior ballistic solutions, I believe it’s a winning combo. We’re excited to support the global working dog community in a bigger way.”

Purdue University Study Finds the Most Important Task for a PTSD Service Dog for Veterans is Disrupting Anxiety

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Science has shown that service dogs can benefit some veterans with PTSD. But the exact role service dogs play in the day-to-day lives of veterans – and the helpfulness of the tasks they perform – is less known.

A recent study led by Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine shows what trained tasks service dogs perform the most often and which ones are the most helpful to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The study found that the task of disrupting episodes of anxiety ranked among the most important and most often used.

“There has been some debate on what kind of training PTSD service dogs need to be effective and how their assistance may be different than what a pet dog can provide,” said Kerri Rodriguez, a human-animal interaction graduate student and a lead author on the study. “This study suggests that veterans are, in fact, using and benefiting from the specific trained tasks, which sets these dogs apart from pet dogs or emotional support dogs.”

Kerri Rodriguez
Rodriguez led the work with Maggie O’Haire, associate professor of human-animal interaction. Their research was published in Frontiers in Psychology. The study was done in conjunction with K9s For Warriors, with support and funding from Merrick Pet Care, and is in preparation for an ongoing large-scale clinical trial that is studying veterans with and without service dogs over an extended period of time.

The study found that, on average, the dog’s training to both alert the veteran to any increasing anxiety and providing physical contact during anxiety episodes were reported to be the most important and the most often used in a typical day. Veterans with a service dog also rated all of the service dog’s trained tasks as being “moderately” to “quite a bit” important for their PTSD.

Some trained tasks include picking up on cues veterans display when experiencing distress or anxiety and consequently nudging, pawing or licking them to encourage the veteran to focus on the dog. The service dogs also are trained to notice when veterans are experiencing anxiety at night and will actively wake up the person from nightmares.

The dogs also are trained to perform tasks in public – such as looking the opposite way in a crowded room or store to provide a sense of security for the veteran.

The study also found that trained service dog tasks were used on average 3.16 times per day, with individual tasks ranging from an average of 1.36 to 5.05 times per day.

Previous research led by Rodriguez showed that the bond between a service dog and the veteran was a significant factor in the importance of untrained behaviors. Although all trained tasks were reported to be important for veterans’ PTSD, those with a service dog actually rated the importance of untrained behaviors higher than the importance of trained tasks. This suggests that there are some therapeutic aspects of the service dog’s companionship that are helping just as much, if not more, than the dog’s trained tasks, Rodriguez said. “These service dogs offer valuable companionship, provide joy and happiness, and add structure and routine to veterans’ lives that are likely very important for veterans’ PTSD.”

The study surveyed 216 veterans from K9s For Warriors, including 134 with a service dog and 82 on the waitlist. The study complements a previous publication published last year that focused specifically on the service dogs’ training, behavior and the human-animal bond.

While service dogs were reported to help a number of specific PTSD symptoms such as having nightmares, experiencing flashbacks, or being hyperaware in public, there were some symptoms that service dogs did not help, such as amnesia and risk-taking.

“Both this research, as well as other related studies on PTSD service dogs, suggest that service dogs are not a standalone cure for PTSD,” O’Haire said. “Rather, there appear to be specific areas of veterans’ lives that a PTSD service dog can help as a complementary intervention to other evidence-based treatments for PTSD.”

Veterans on the waitlist to receive a service dog expected the service dog’s trained tasks to be more important for their PTSD and used more frequently on a daily basis than what was reported by veterans who already had a service dog.

 “Veterans on the waitlist may have higher expectations for a future PTSD service dog because of feelings of hope and excitement, which may not necessarily be a bad thing,” Rodriguez said. “However, it is important for mental health professionals to encourage realistic expectations to veterans who are considering getting a PTSD service dog of their own.”

The work was funded by Merrick Pet Care, Newman’s Own Foundation and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. More information about O’Haire’s research is featured online.

Writer: Abbey Nickel, [email protected]

Hero Labradors Freedom Raffle

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In order to find their efforts in 2020, Hero Labradors is holding a raffle. It’s coming to a close.

A little over a year ago we shared a Whiskey-5 for Hero Labradors. They are a Veteran fun non-profit that produces QUALITY, genetically sound, AKC registered Labradors with AKC Champion bloodlines. They select, raise, and breed their girls (and one boy) to produce very high quality pups. Then, they select service dog training programs worthy of our dogs–and we give these dogs to them, free of charge, with only their guarantee that they train them and donate them to either a disabled veteran, wounded warrior, or first responder (or their family members) who need them.

1000 tickets at $25 each.


New AR 10  custom .308 rifle (Aero Precision)

New AR 15 custom .300 blackout pistol (MagTactical Industries)

Howa model 1500 .223 Rifle (gently used, in excellent condition) 

Walking Stick, custom carved and painted, signed by two MOH recipients (Sal Giunta and Clint Romesha… and possibly more!)

Rustic Labrador signs

House to House: signed by the Author, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia

Ruffwear Pack Out Bag

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

If you hike with your dog, or just go on long walks together, you’re going to have to deal with Rover’s waste. Even if you normally carry disposable waste bags, carting them around in your hand once they’re full gets old, and smelly.

Ruffwear’s Pack Out Bag gives a place to carry your dog’s waste until you can reach a proper receptacle. This belt mounted solution features a ripstop outer, odor-blocking zipper and waste bag dispenser at the bottom.

Offered in Blue Moon color, sizes Medium or Large.

“No Ordinary Dog” – The Tale of a K9 and his Handler in Naval Special Warfare

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

“No Ordinary Dog” is the amazing story of a K9 and his Handler in who served in Naval Special Warfare.

Navy SEAL Will Chesney covers his military training and service with particular attention on his becoming a Naval Special Warfare K9 Handler beginning in 2008 after six years in the Teams. His new partner was named Cairo who did everything right alongside his human counterparts. Unfortunately, that included being shot on one operation.

Although Cairo looks like a house pet, this military working dog served on numerous raids and is famous for participating in Operation Neptune Spear at Chesney’s side. A lot has been written about Cairo’s role in the mission to kill bin Laden and a lot has been wrong. “No Ordinary Dog” sets the record straight.

After the raid, they both stayed with the Command, with Cairo serving as a backup dog and Chesney returning to his role as an Operator. Unfortunately, Chesney was injured in combat in 2013, suffering a brain injury and PTSD. Traditional medicine gave little relief to his list of ailments which included migraines, chronic pain, memory issues, and depression. Teaming back up with Cairo proved cathartic for Chesney as he began to heal himself and step up to help others.

About the Authors

During his service as a SEAL, Will Chesney was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Now he helps his fellow veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

Co-Author Joe Lauren an award-winning journalist and writer who helped Will Chesney tell the story. His books include the New York Times bestseller “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride”.

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Vote K-9 Cody for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

K9 Cody is a local working dog here in the Tidewater of Virginia. In fact, if you’ve been to Busch Gardens over the past few years, you’ve probably seen her.

She started life as an explosive detection dog and made her way back to the states where she’s been all over the place.

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs.

Vote at