Canine Careers: Working Dogs and Their Jobs
If you are like most adults, you probably punch the clock in one form or another. Working can be a pain, but it brings us a source of income, a feeling of fulfillment, and a sense of purpose. Believe it or not, many of our canine friends are no different. Keep reading to learn more about working dogs and what type of jobs they have beyond being loyal friends.
Working Dogs Who Help the Public
Public service is a place where our working dogs excel. They are a natural at many of the jobs asked of them. Dogs who work in the public sector may work with the military or law enforcement and often specialize in particular areas such as:
- Scent tracking/detection
- Bomb detection
- Drug detection
- Criminal apprehension/patrol
- Search and rescue
- Wildlife control
Some dogs also work as therapy dogs, visiting senior homes, hospitals, and other places where people need some comfort and cheer. While their job description is much different than that of a military or police dog, it is an equally important task.
Working Dogs as Caretakers
Dogs have long been called man’s best friend, and that job description continues to grow with each passing year. Every pet owner has experienced the comfort and joy a dog can provide, but there are some dogs who go above and beyond.
Dogs of all shapes, breeds, and sizes are trained to be personal service animals and help those with disabilities and challenges. People who may use service dogs include those who are:
- Blind/sight impaired
- Hearing impaired
- Epileptic/seizure prone
- Affected by mental disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder
- Affected by physical disabilities including paralysis or limb amputation
- Severely affected by allergies
Dogs have become an important part of life for many people who need a little help and are legally welcome anywhere their human charge goes.
Dogs Who Work with Their Owners
Some working dogs work as partners with their human as well. Besides the military and law enforcement dogs who work with a human handler, many other canine workers have daily tasks that help their people. These dogs might help out on the farm, herd livestock, or retrieve during hunting excursions. Some dogs are specifically trained as guard dogs or personal protectors as well.
Because working dogs have such important jobs that can impact many people around them, they do require the best care possible. They may be more prone to injury due to the tasks that they are asked to perform and may be at higher exposure risk for infectious diseases than an average pet dog.
We do our best to thank our working dogs for their service by providing them with good wellness care, excellent nutrition, and quality medicine. It is important that we stay on top of these animal’s fitness and health so that they can continue to do what they do best. Working hard is definitely for the dogs, and Animal Family Veterinary Care Center gives our canine workers all the credit that they are due.