Jobs for Dogs

Trishmb By Trishmb, 27th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A look at some of the amazing ways that trained dogs help people every day.

Companion and therapy dogs

Did you know that some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the world cannot be done by humans?
Dogs have been used for centuries to serve people in all kinds of ways. Their intelligence, loyalty, keen senses and willingness to obey their master make them ideal for performing some duties that only dogs can do.
You probably already know about police dogs and guide dogs but did you know there are dogs that help you to read? Many children who are reluctant readers gain more confidence while reading to a non-judging dog. Specially trained labrador and golden retrievers are also make ideal companion or therapy dogs to people who are elderly, disabled or unwell. Not only do they help visually impaired people but also hearing impaired people. They can be trained to turn switches on or off, open or close doors, pick up and carry items to their master. Some have even been taught to provide balance and stability to disabled people.

Crimestopping and hunting dogs

Much more dangerous work is carried out by German shepherds employed by police and the military. Their size, strength and tracking ability make them the best choice for this job.
Customs and border protection agencies often use labradors or beagles to sniff out all manner of items. Some of the things they are trained to find include: hidden animals or plants, money, drugs, explosives, guns, mobile phones, CDs and food.
Search and rescue teams employ tracking dogs to find missing people. Newfoundlands are the dogs most likely to be deployed to rescue people from water.
Hunters also use tracking dogs such as beagles or hounds to find their prey. Spaniels are great at flushing an animal out for it's master, and labradors and setters are ideal at retrieving.

Farm and guarding dogs

Farmers of course use dogs to move livestock. Collies are one of the most commonly used due to their speed, agility and intelligence. Some farmers also use dogs such as maremmas to guard valuable animals.
Dogs most commonly used for guarding building or property include breeds such as German shepherds, shnauzers, dobermans and rottweillers because of their fearlessness, size and aggression.

Sled dogs

The prize for the hardest worker might go to the Alaskan malamute, which is the most likely dog to be harnessed in a team and used to pull heavily loaded sleds. Siberian huskies are often used for sled racing, but the most well known racing dog would be the greyhound.
This article would not be complete without mentioning those amazing dogs who entertain us, such as acting and performing dogs.

These are just some of the jobs these wonderful animals do on a daily basis all around the world, and no doubt there are many more. Little wonder dogs are called man's best friend!


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Mum of four hoping to achieve better work/life balance by doing what I enjoy at home and watching my kids grow up

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Aug 2015 (#)

They love their masters in good times and bad, thanks for this comprehensive take.

I recall news about rats being used as landmine detectors, whew! siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. I really enjoyed reading this and I liked the pictures.

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