America's Bravest DogsHow special operations canines –like the one who helped track down Osama Bin Laden – are used in combat

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Updated: Thursday May 12, 2011 | 06:00 AM EDT By: Susan Keating

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Special operations dogs, like this patrol explosive detector dog working in Afghanistan, go through rigorous selection and training, much like their human counterparts, a source tells PEOPLE. "They are sent to a special site that is recognized as the best in the world," the source says.