Dogs with Jobs

Dogs have helped humans for thousands of years since they were domesticated. Certain breeds of dogs in the working dog category, combined with specialized, extensive training, can thrive at the tasks presented before they help humankind. Whether the training lasts a few weeks with an informal certificate or ranges up to a lifetime of constant maintenance training, these dogs will gain a sense of satisfaction since they are eager to please others. If you feel your dog is a good fit, look into the certifications and level of training required.

While a dog can be a pet first and foremost, you may want to “employ” your dog to do a variety of jobs: Service dogs have special protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are defined as “a dog that is individually trained to perform tasks or do work for the benefit of a person with a disability.” Service dogs help with mobility assistance, detect certain medical conditions such as low blood sugar or seizures, and provide other services and assistance to people with medical needs. Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Poodles are popular breed choices (along with other breeds). No breeds are restricted under the ADA.

Therapy and rehabilitation dogs work in settings such as hospitals, schools, disaster areas, and medical facilities to give affection and comfort. They are not protected under the ADA but still require certain certifications through accredited organizations. Some examples of therapy dog tasks would be providing comfort after a natural disaster, listening to children read to help improve reading skills, and bringing cheer to nursing homes. Typical therapy dog breeds you may see are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Pomeranians, Corgis, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and more.

Emotional support dogs can help individuals navigate challenges in everyday life. While they do not hold the same protection and privileges as service and therapy dogs, emotional support dogs improve their quality of life by providing therapeutic companionship. Any breed can be suitable.

K9 protection dogs can be used in various settings, including military, police, and security guard settings. They require thorough training and work closely with their handlers. Popular breeds you will see are German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Doberman Pinschers, Mastiffs, and Rottweilers, all working in tandem with humans to help serve and protect.

Conservation and search and rescue dogs help find people in need during natural disasters, detect invasive species at ports of entry, find endangered plants and animals, and help border patrol. Common breeds include Bloodhounds, German Shepherds, St. Bernards, English Springer Spaniels, Retrievers, and others.

The entertainment industry and acting dogs are in high demand for commercials, TV shows, and movies. Some iconic dogs most people recognize are Lassie the Rough Collie, Toto the Cairn Terrier, Bruiser the Chihuahua, Rin Tin Tin the German Shepherd, Hooch the Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff), and Beethoven St. Bernard. Several professional animal advocacy groups exist to ensure these dogs are treated humanely and keep animals safe on set.

Sled dogs help humans pull sleds on icy and snowy land harnessed as a team, often in known races like the Iditarod or for other reasons such as transporting supplies between remote communities. They are highly trained and meticulously cared for to ensure optimal performance and health. Perhaps the most recognized breed is the Siberian Husky, and other breeds like Alaskan Malamutes, Chinooks, and Samoyeds enjoy racing to the finish line.

Herding and livestock guard dogs enjoy helping their humans corral, guide and care for their precious livestock. Farmers and ranchers would have more hardy keeping their animals in check without these dogs. Great Pyrenees, Border Collies, and several varieties of Shepherds, Heelers, and Cattle Dogs all suit the bill.

Hunting dogs assist track or retrieving wild games with their keen sense of smell. Whether on water or land, several breeds of hunting dogs assist in the pursuit of the quarry. Various types of breeds are used depending on the type of hunting you are doing. For example, the Hound group follows scents and gun dogs like Spaniels, Retrievers, Setters, and Pointers locate and retrieve game. Other remarkable hunting breeds are Beagles, Terriers, and Dachshunds.

Published On: December 21st, 2022Categories: Dog knowledge