Dogs have been called man’s best friend. They are cute, cuddly, silly, and love to play. But in addition some dogs have amazing and serious jobs. These jobs help fulfill very important needs in society. Maybe your dog could be trained to do one of these important tasks that can help in meeting a specific need.
From the beginning when dogs and humans started to build a bond with each other and coexist, dogs have been a great asset to man. Not only providing company but also alerting and protecting the ones they loved. Dogs have been very important to the family unit to whom they belonged.
Over time dogs were trained for more specific tasks. Today dogs do everything from fetch sticks, comforting the stressed, alerting those who have health needs, such as diabetes, to sniffing out illegal contraband and drugs. Our world would not be the same without the love and
service of our canine friends. Here are some examples of the different jobs that dogs can do.
For many years dogs have been used to help find people or objects that have been lost or misplaced. Dogs finding a job in search and rescue must have a lot of energy, be non-aggressive and have a great nose that can smell the faintest scent of the object or person he is following.
It takes a lot of time and dedicated training to get a dog ready for search and rescue. They are an asset to their handlers in finding and recovering objects or persons in need. It is well worth the effort it takes to prepare a dog to fill this role.
Dogs used to assist those with special needs are designated as service dogs. They help those with various health issues and/or disabilities. They can often be seen in public as they help improve the life of their human partner. A sure sign of a service dog will be the vest he is wearing.
Service dogs come in many shapes and sizes, but two critical qualities of a service dog are non-aggressiveness and trainability. They need to be calm and under control at all times to be of maximum benefit to their human partner. It is very important that you do not approach and distract a service dog
unless given permission from their partner. If a dog is distracted he may not do his job properly. Many lives have been changed and improved by the efforts of these amazing dogs.
Police and military personnel have used dogs to perform many important tasks. One of the greatest is explosive detection. These important dogs have a vital life-saving role detecting dangers that their handlers can eliminate in order to protect individuals and the public.
These dogs also have to have great noses and lots of energy. As with all dogs with specific jobs there are months and years of training needed to get a dog ready for this important line of work.
Farmers with sheep, goats or even cattle find use from a herding dog. These dogs will be of use in helping to keep flocks together and moving them in a specific direction. They must be very athletic and able to follow the direction of their handler in order to move the flock in the
correct direction. Once again a great deal of training is required to get a dog prepared for a job
in herding animals.
If you have the time to train your dog there may be a special job waiting for the two of you together.