Sept. 14, 2011, 11:54 AM UTCBy Animal TracksTaz, an explosive detection dog with the U.S. Army's Bravo Company of the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, sits in the back of an armored vehicle before heading out on a night mission on Sept. 13, at Combat Outpost Mont in Afghanistan.David Goldman / APStaff Sgt. Edwin Caldera, 24, of Calhoun, Ga., right, and Spc. Johnathon Rife, of Gundy, Va., 22, and Taz, pull guard during a night mission on Sept. 13, in Afghanistan.David Goldman / APIlluminated only by moonlight, Sgt. Jeremy Boetjer, 28, of Fort Wayne, Ind, right, along with Taz, look out across the Kunar river during a night mission on Sept. 13, in Afghanistan.David Goldman / APU.S. troops are relying more on canines to help with explosive detection in Afghanistan, reports USA Today. Read more about these programs here.