The intimate relationship between U.S. special operations soldiers and their K9s will be explored in the HBO documentary War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend.
From executive producer Channing Tatum and director Deborah Scranton, the upcoming feature looks at the bond between canines and humans who serve together as team units in combat.
After 9/11, the U.S. military began to select, train and deploy multi-purpose “K9s” to serve side-by-side with the nation’s most elite soldiers, and tasked with finding and disarming enemies while providing emotional support to troops in their bleakest hours.
The film features exclusive military footage, personal photos, on-the-ground combat and drone video surveillance footage, as well as footage of war dogs training and in action, and intimate interviews with the handlers, who discuss the physical and emotional struggles they’ve faced.
War Dog is produced by Brett Rodriguez and Scranton; executive producers are Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan; coproducer is Colin Hudock. For HBO, the senior producer is Sara Bernstein and executive producer is Sheila Nevins.
War Dog debuts Nov. 13 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, in conjunction with Veterans Day, exclusively on HBO. Beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, two days prior to its official network release, the documentary will be available on HBO On Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and affiliate portals.