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Public Education Educator Resources War Dogs

Learning Objectives

Students will compare and contrast the role of dogs during the Vietnam War and “war dogs” now.


Common Core

R9 Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another.

National Council for the Social Studies Standards

Time, Continuity, and Change
Materials Needed

Computers with internet access

Dogs in History Sheet


  • In order to teach this lesson effectively, your students should have a solid understanding of the Vietnam War.
  • You may choose to review about the Vietnam war using this video: About Vietnam War

Explicit Instruction/Guided Practice

  • Have students read the following articles:
  • When students are done, discuss the stories as a class.

Independent Working Time

  • Have students complete the Dogs in History sheet.

Review and Closing

  • Allow students to share their ideas.


Operation Top Dog, 1965: Remembering the Sentry Dogs of Vietnam. (2016, May). Retrieved from

Smith, S.J. (2015, June 10). Dogs for War. Retrieved from

Vietnam War. (n.d.). Retrieved from