December 14th, 2009
12:16 PM ET

Sniffing out explosives

The Mine Detection Agency in Afghanistan has been using dogs to clear mines and unexploded bombs since 1989 and operated even when the Taliban were in power. They currently have more than 300 dogs and operate all over Afghanistan. The agency breeds its own dogs and training starts from when the animals are born. Officials say mine dogs can clear fields more reliably and faster than any other mine clearance tool. CNN followed a day of training with the dogs. See more of the photos or watch the video

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