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What can my Dog Do? Giving Your Dog a Job and Keeping Him Occupied

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"I want to give my dog a job. But what can he do?" Pet owners often find themselves asking this very question. Having a bored canine on hand when working from home has become a way of life can be a challenge. Fortunately, we can put our furry friends to work - and they enjoy it!

Why Dogs Need A Job

Putting your pet to work may seem like a naive idea, but is one that has clear merits. Having a helper around the house may even become tempting!

1. Stimulates the mind

Having a job will keep your pet's mental cogs well-oiled. It will be more alert and easier to prompt when on walks. Excessive boredom and separation anxiety will also lessen, making Fido more of a joy to have around.

2. Burns Energy

If you work remotely, as many of us do these days, having a restless pet on hand may prove a hindrance and disrupt work tasks. A job will keep your pet occupied while you do yours.

3. A Useful Helper

Indeed, breeders propagate working dogs to be man's best helpers. Dogs make reliable and, in many cases, necessary livestock herders, cadaver searchers, and drug busters. Some can even detect the odor of cancer cells.

4. They get to earn their keep

Many owners often complain that their dogs lead more relaxed lives than they do. That's because owners often don't consider how to put their pets to work. There are excellent jobs that don't just keep them occupied - they are vital functions as well.

Jobs to Keep Your Pet Occupied

So, you may need to keep your restless furkid occupied while you are busy yourself. There are times when dogs may lend more than just a paw - they perform vital functions. Here are a few things your pet can do.

Common Jobs for Dogs

These are familiar jobs that trained dogs often perform. Many of them function in a service or assistance capacity, waiting fortuitously by their owners' sides to lend a paw if it is needed.

Guide dogs for the visually handicapped are on hand to help those with visual challenges, while seizure alert dogs step in to assist those with epileptic difficulties. Well-nurtured, these canines perform a life-saving function. Many of them are the difference between life and death.

1. Service Dogs

These are working dogs that serve as the extra arm of those with disabilities. Many countries have guidelines regarding the presence of service dogs in public. Well-trained, they should behave impeccably at all times so they can be on hand to help their owners anywhere. Note that they are not therapy or emotional support dogs - these dogs are on alert when their owners have seizures, bump into obstacles, or simply need to cross a busy street.

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2. Therapy Dogs

These are dogs that provide emotional support to patients in need. They too, need to conduct themselves well at all times so that they can console others instead of scaring or annoying them. They need to be good-tempered and socialize with others well.

3. Police Dogs

Police dogs, by their very name, help officers in the line of duty. Well-trained and fighting fit, these canines pin criminals down and prevent them from escaping, often at the risk of their own lives. Some sniff and ferret out illegal substances as well. Common breeds used as police dogs are Mastiffs and German Shepherds.

5. Military Dogs

Like Police Dogs, Military Dogs assist the members of the military of any country with their work. Some are bomb detectors, while others serve as guards or surveillance dogs. Many are German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, or Newfoundland Dogs, owing to their size.

6. Detection Dogs

It's imperative for these dogs to have a keen sense of smell. The breeds chosen as detection dogs often have bigger olfactory glands in their noses. These would include Beagles, Labradors, Bloodhounds, and Golden Retrievers. They sense the presence of insects, drugs, explosives, and blood. Cadaver dogs tell handlers where there are human remains. Some are used in the health care sector to detect cancer cells.

7. Search and Rescue

These dogs save countless lives in an almost daily capacity. Extremely agile, they track missing persons, save people buried under collapsed buildings and detect people trapped in avalanches. St Bernards, Labradors, and Golden Retrievers are often chosen to step up to the plate as Search and Rescue dogs.

8. Herding Dogs

These dogs keep livestock in check. They belong to specific breeds that perform a herding function, such as Collies, King Shepherds, Black Moth Curs, and Icelandic Sheepdogs.

Unusual Jobs for Dogs

Now that we have discussed the familiar let's delve into the unique tasks dogs perform. You may even volunteer your pet for these services!!

1. Testifying

No, no, of course, the dog doesn't testify on behalf of the child. What it does is offer a little bit of much-needed comfort during a trial. Being in front of a crowd is already overwhelming; being in front of one and being asked to recall sensitive information is a complete deluge. This is where a dog can step in to offer a paw of comfort. Many have helped little children through tough trials.

2. Monks

Yes, dogs serve in a religious capacity. Do you know of St.Guinefort, a dog who was made a saint? On a mundane level, friaries often keep dogs to watch over the property.

3. Ball Dogs

Where there aren't enough ball boys or girls, dogs step in to help. As their name suggests, they retrieve balls in areas that are inaccessible to humans or when humans are inaccessible themselves.

4. Lifeguards

Well, perhaps the regular lifeguard at the beach is too occupied searching for drowning incidents(or too busy showing off the fact that he is a lifeguard to the ladies). Our canine friends love the water and will be happy to assist. Some dogs hit the waves when near-drowning incidents occur, acting as life preservers and providing the needed assistance.

5. Anti-Poaching K9s

If someone is trying to harm a precious rhino or tiger, Inspector K9 is on hand to help. Many patrol reservations and parks alongside their handlers to ensure that the animals are safe and accounted for.

6. Art Protectors

A canine's sense of smell is certainly nothing to sniff at. You probably already know that trained dogs detect cancer cells. That sense of smell comes forth again; a Weimanarer puppy, Riley, at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts protects the efforts of artists with hers. She is able to detect bugs in expensive art pieces. He sits down in front of one when he senses the presence of bugs.





How to Keep Your Pet Occupied While You are Busy

Most of us won't want our dogs to become protectors of the Mona Lisa; what we would like is to be able to either calm his separation anxiety or reduce distractions. Here are a few things owners can do to keep their pets busy while they are.


1. Treat Dispensers

Your pet will have a field day trying to figure out how a treat dispensing toy works; his goal would be to get at the yummies within. And while he is doing that, you can get on with the day's business.

2. Music

There are hours and hours of music for dogs available on the internet. Keeping it on while you do your work might keep Fido calm while you finish what you have to do.

3. A Bay Window

Give your pet access to a window with a view. Dogs love to contemplate the world outside (probably to know what there is to eat out there). This will help them to while away their time for a few hours.

4. A New Friend

Why not get your furkid a friend that will keep him company when you can't? If you can still accommodate another pawkid in the home, it will keep your present charge occupied while you are.

5. Dental Chews

If you haven't already, why not give your pet dental chews and toys? They will stop him from chewing on your slippers.

6. A New Toy

A tenacious new toy that does not come apart easily should keep your friend busy while you attend to your routine.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Michelle Liew

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