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Old 04-13-2019, 06:18 PM
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Default Rules for man's best friend? - Dog and handler rules available somewhere?

Am I missing something?

One of my players asked about the possibility of being a dog handler, like a law enforcement dog and handler team, or explosives sniffer, and so on and so forth.

I looked but couldn't find any rules for such a thing, am I missing it somewhere? Or was it a miss in the game design?

Because in thinking about it I couldn't imagine a better companion in a post-apocalyptic world than a dog. Imagine a small group being able to actually sleep safer because the dog will alert them to any approaching danger usually far sooner than a human posted on watch could.

Thoughts? If there's no official rules, does anyone have house rules for them? Such things like bonuses on alertness, possibilities to detect traps, how much food a dog needs to stay healthy alongside their human companion, combat rules for a trained animal, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-15-2019, 07:23 PM
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I don't think that there are any rules pertaining to canine companions. There are combat rules for fighting against quadrupeds but, AFAIK, that's about it.

It's a real oversight, but I reckon that when the games were originally produced, dog-handlers weren't quite as common as they would become (again) during the War on Terror. COIN presents more opportunities for various war dog roles/specialties. In a conventional European land war, c.2000, there wouldn't be much call for military canines. Basically, they'd be used for base security and that's about it (although I suppose some border guard units on both sides of the Iron Curtain would have had working dogs when things kick off).

Hm, a new PC concept is coming to mind...

If someone has the time to work up some homebrewed rules for military doggos, we'd all be much obliged.
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I could see someone with a taste for history bringing back the dogcart machineguns to make M2, KPV, or NSV HMGs more portable. It's better than trying to haul them around yourself if you don't have the fuel to vehicle-mount them.
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