- Attack Dog
While the Soviet Union opted for tougher but slower War Bears as their anti-infantry animal companion of choice, Allied commanders loved their German Shepherds, and trained them to bark (with help of a Sonic Disruptor device) at such a terrifying volume that even the bravest Soviet soldiers were momentarily stunned. Training the dogs to bark in this way solved one of the major shortcomings of Attack Dogs - being able to get close without being shot to bits. Allied commanders also had the option of placing their dogs into Multigunner IFVs, which projected a further-amplified version of the Attack Dog's infantry-stunning bark. They could attack most infantry except for the Soviets' new Tesla Trooper (although the amplified bark still stuns them). Attack Dogs were also trained to swim.
Renowned for their selflessness, vigilance and loyalty, the canine race have been amongst humanity's closest allies since our respective species first crawled from the primordial ooze. For over fourteen thousand years of human history, domesticated dogs have guarded our homes, scouted our trails and bravely sacrificed themselves on our battlefields in the name of the greater good, asking in exchange for only a warm fire, a comforting word and the occasional hunk of warm flesh on which to sup.
Even today, the surest signifier of inbound Allied forces is the appearance of an Allied Attack Dog, highly trained German Shepherds rendered instantly recognizable by their high tech training collars, matching Kevlar-wool hybrid sweaters and steely-eyed devotion to the Allied cause. This has in turn lead to the veneration of these elite canines as avatars of liberation amongst the downtrodden peoples of our world's less democratic nations - as the old Romanian saying goes, "where Attack Dogs lead, freedom is sure to follow", and indeed it does.
After the overwhelming success of the now fifty-year-old Canine Combatant Research (CCR) program in Newark, New Jersey, the Allied Council voted to establish a series of seven such campuses across the globe, devoted exclusively to the training of specially bred German Shepherds in the arts of field recon, tracking, guard duty and the various lupine forms of unarmed combat. Upon graduation, qualified attack dogs are assigned to Allied companies throughout the globe, often deep within enemy territory , where their keen senses and razor-sharp teeth have thwarted countless enemy ambushes, saving innumerable lives in the process.
That is not to say that these four-footed soldiers are invulnerable, as any visitor to Newark's deeply moving Memorial to our Canine Fallen will attest. No matter how fast and well trained an attack dog may be, it stands little chance when faced with a fully armed enemy battalion. Despite several disastrous attempts to expand the purview of CCR programs to include armored assault and tactical weaponry as part of their core curriculum - notably the infamous "Scent Activated Smart Bomb" incident of four years ago, which left over fifty dead and numerous others injured - the attack dog remains at his or her best when pitted against a single opponent, whom they can render unmanned with a single, swift chomp to the vitals.
Alongside their impressive physical attributes, the most recent CCR graduate attack dogs have gained a new tool for their arsenal - an adapted version of the same WP100 Sonic Disruptor used by the Allies' controversial Dolphin unit. While the adaptation process sacrificed some of the aquatic weapon's killing power, the effect is still more than robust enough to allow an attack dog to leave its enemies stunned and helpless with a single, amplified bark. After a series of unfortunate, highly publicized incidents wherein Peacekeepers were permanently deafened by their over-enthusiastic canine charges, it has been have mandated that all Allied forces be outfitted with specialized earpieces designed to tune out the WP100's frequency.
|Amplified Bark||Bark that is amplified by sonic technologies, allowing Attack Dogs to stun all enemy infantry in a small radius.|
- The cheapest scout in the game
- Sharp teeth kill most infantry in one bite
- Faster on land than War Bears
- Can stun enemy combatants with an amplified bark
- Can be upgraded with High-Technology upgrade
- Can detect disguised enemy units
- Not as tough as War Bears
- Slower than War Bears in water
- Cannot harm Tesla Troopers or Peacekeepers with riot shields up
- Defenseless against vehicles and aircraft
- The bark doesn't affect commandos and Imperial Warriors in Banzai charge mode
Notes from the field
|“|| Those are enemy Attack Dogs. Your Engineers and Spies should avoid them.|
Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed these facts about the Attack Dog:
• Enhanced Bark -- as demonstrated by the infamous "Dog Vs. Bear" and "Dog vs. Soviet Infantry Division" photo series' of last year, the attack dog is a formidable opponent in one-on-one combat, but far less so when pitted against multiple armed attackers. Recognizing this, the Allies have outfitted each eager pup with a Sonic Disruptor device, allowing for a high-decibel bark capable of temporarily stunning an enemy and enabling a quick exit on the dog's part..
• Heightened Senses -- CCR training has enhanced the already naturally powerful sensory abilities of the German Shepherd, allowing attack dogs to detect the nervous flop sweat of an enemy infiltrator at great distance. Rumors that the Soviets have attempted to counter this with mandatory usage of government issued "Trotsky" brand cologne have so far proven unfounded.
• Doggy Paddlers -- Muscular and long of limb, German Shepherds are natural swimmers, an ability encouraged by their Allied trainers. It is not an uncommon sight to see a Allied Aircraft Carrier enter the battlefield accompanied by a coterie of canine companions.
• Not Anti-Tank Weapons -- Despite the best efforts of their CCR trainers, attack dogs remain less than effective against vehicles and ships.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (iPhone)
In the Red Alert iPhone game the Attack Dog returns, retaining its role as a lethal anti-infantry unit.