Why Working Dogs are Modern Day Heroes

Working dogs are designated breeds that do some serious work to help others.  They undergo intensive training and have natural talents. Most importantly, they are strong, courageous and have a good temperament.  Let me walk you through the most common types of working dogs.

Rescue Dogs

The main task of rescue dogs is to locate missing people in traumatic situations such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and other disasters. They have exceptional senses, incredible physical strength and great agility. Their heightened sense of smell makes them locate lost individuals in hard-to-reach areas. For the dogs to perform the demanding jobs of a rescue worker, they undergo intensive training. Such breeds include the German shepherd, Bloodhound, Golden Retriever, and Belgian Malinois. These dogs are walked by a small team on foot.

Detection/Sniffer Dogs

They are used by police forces and the counter terrorism unit to detect illegal drugs, weapons, bombs, currency, and other items. Due to their strong sense of smell, they are used by biologists as a research tool. The best detection breeds are the German shepherds and Beagles.

Therapy Dogs

These dogs help the sick people recover quickly. Their loving presence gives therapeutic effects that help in release of endorphins. They are specifically trained to help patients achieve their specific treatment and program goals. Surprisingly, any breed is eligible to become a therapy dog. However, the dog must be non-aggressive and human friendly. The foundation of training such dogs is based on socialization.

Herding dogs

They are basically born for different herding jobs. However, some must undergo training to become expert herders. Herding dogs are able to work well with different types of livestock like cattle and sheep. The best breeds suited for the various herding jobs include Shetland sheepdogs, Cannan dogs, and German Shepherds. These dogs are naturally protective.

Police dogs

These dogs are trained to assist police in variety of tasks like holding suspects or investigating a crime of scene. Among the best breeds suitable for the task include Belgian shepherd dogs and Doberman Pinscher.

Assistance and service dogs

They are trained to help the physically and mentally challenged with their daily activities. The most common type of service dog is the guide dog. It’s trained to help a blind person perform certain tasks. Other types of service dogs include the hearing dogs, mobility assistance dogs, and mental health service dogs. It’s quite easy to identify service dogs since they wear special vests.

There are other types of working dogs out there beyond this list. It’s time you discover the amazing jobs your dog can do.