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Handlers form bonds with their military working dogs

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits next to his handler, Senior Airman Michelle Winters, March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits next to his handler, Senior Airman Michelle Winters, March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits with his handler, Senior Airman Michelle Winters, March 4, 2020.  Winters has been Joe’s handler for about four months and she said their bond is starting to form. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits with his handler, Senior Airman Michelle Winters, March 4, 2020. Winters has been Joe’s handler for about four months and she said their bond is starting to form. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Senior Airman Michelle Winters, 75th Security Force Squadron, rewards Joe, a military working dog, with a toy for staying calm during a roll call at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Senior Airman Michelle Winters, 75th Security Force Squadron, rewards Joe, a military working dog, with a toy for staying calm during a roll call at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sniffs around logs to search out an explosive training device March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sniffs around logs to search out an explosive training device March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military K-9 stationed with 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lays down signaling that he sniffed out an explosive training device March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military K-9 stationed with 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, lays down signaling that he sniffed out an explosive training device March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Senior Airman Michelle Winters, 75th Security Force Squadron, guides Joe, a military working dog, to sniff around a training course at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Winters has been Joe’s handler for about four months and she said their bond is starting to form. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Senior Airman Michelle Winters, 75th Security Force Squadron, guides Joe, a military working dog, to sniff around a training course at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Winters has been Joe’s handler for about four months and she said their bond is starting to form. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits signaling he has sniffed out an explosive training device March 4, 2020.  Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Joe, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sits signaling he has sniffed out an explosive training device March 4, 2020. Joe is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

XXuthus, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, waits for instruction March 4, 2020. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog.

XXuthus, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, waits for instruction March 4, 2020. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog.

Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Force Squadron, takes a moment with Xxuthus, a military working dog, before searching a dorm at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Force Squadron, takes a moment with Xxuthus, a military working dog, before searching a dorm at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

XXuthus, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sniffs around a dorm storage unit March 4, 2020.  Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)
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XXuthus, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sniffs around a dorm storage unit March 4, 2020. Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Force Squadron, walks with Xxuthus, a military working dog, during a search of commercial vehicles at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)
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Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Force Squadron, walks with Xxuthus, a military working dog, during a search of commercial vehicles at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

XXuthus, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sniffs  a commercial vehicle March 4, 2020. Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)
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XXuthus, a military working dog assigned to the 75th Security Force Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, sniffs a commercial vehicle March 4, 2020. Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Force Squadron, sits with Xxuthus, a military working dog, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)
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Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Force Squadron, sits with Xxuthus, a military working dog, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, March 4, 2020. Bryant has been XXuthus's handler for six months. Xxuthus is a single-purpose MWD, trained as an explosive detection dog. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah --

Military working dogs and their handlers spend almost every day together, working and training, forming a strong bond. Having that bond is important as the handler's voice is the one they listen to and it creates a trust between the two. 

Staff Sgt. Paul Bryant, 75th Security Forces Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, said it usually takes around six months for a handler to bond with their military working dog. Bryant and his MWD, Xxuthus, have been working together for that amount of time. However, Bryant feels they bonded a couple months ago when they went on a temporary assigned duty assignment for a presidential visit. 

Senior Airman Michelle Winters and her MWD, Joe, have been working together for four months and she said they are starting to form a bond and trust. She said she's learned Joe's personality and quirks, and as they keep training together, the bond strengthens each time.