And as the link above shows, given their lives as well. What would be a great idea is some enterprising rules boffins putting together some easy rules for using dogs in Ambush Alley (may have been done already?). Some scenarios could be-
- Detection of IED before they explode.
- Mission to recover a captured or lost dog.
For a sci-fi setting, dogs could be genetically or artificially enhanced for greater intelligence (although they seem pretty smat as is). There also is the question of animal cruelty- they have no choice about being exposed to death but I guess that opens up the whole moral quandry about our hobby, but anyway that is for another time and place, it remains an untapped and intresting facet of modern operations.