Hard Working Dogs
To most of us, when we think of dogs we think of our pets that chew up shoes and sleep on the couch (even though they know they shouldn’t). According to the Insurance Information Institute, about 67% of the US population has dogs. Dogs are more popular to have than cats. However, not all of these dogs are strictly pets. Many of those people that have dogs use them as working dogs. Dogs have been working alongside humans for over 10,000 years; the first wolf that was domesticated was way back 16- 30 thousand years ago. Whether it’s a K-9 force dog, a Search and Rescue dog, a guide dog, a hunting dog, or even a herding dog; they all still have purpose and passion for their jobs.
If you read our blog about Booker, our local K-9 force dog, you will know that his job is not only extremely important but that he loves his job with a burning passion. K-9 dogs are trained to find drugs, contraband, and even people. They are also trained to protect their partner at all costs and to attack the criminal when told to. They are very serious about their jobs. When they find drugs or contraband on a vehicle, they stay and bark at where the item is until their handler tells them to retreat.
Search and Rescue Dogs are trained to do just that. Find survivors and rescue them when they have been a victim to a disaster. They are extremely brave and have an amazing sense of smell and direction. Whether it is a hurricane or building collapse, these brave dogs work through it all to make sure that everyone involved is recovered and safe.
The first school for guide dogs was established in Germany after World War I in order to assist soldiers that had been injured or blinded during war. Guide dogs are the eyes and ears to their handlers and help them navigate their routines each day. Common breeds for guide dogs are Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and German Shepherds.
Some would not think of hunting as a job. However, when it comes to competitions and even in some cases keeping food on the table, hunting can be a very vital job in the household. Hunting dogs have assisted humans in hunting for centuries. They have helped humans track animals and even hold them in place for an easier target (treeing a raccoon for example). These dogs not only have a keen sense of smell and direction but an outstanding amount of control, as well. They are able to track down their prey without eating or biting it. The most popular hunting dogs are hound dogs, labrador retrievers, beagles, and pointers.
Herding dogs were made to help farmers round up their livestock. They are capable of rounding up hundreds of livestock (that often are bigger than them) at a time. When these dogs do not have a large herd to guard and rally up, they often herd other dogs or even humans near them. They look at their human family as their herd and know that no matter what they must protect their herd at all costs.
These are just a few types of working dogs in society. These dogs are some of the smartest, strongest, and bravest workers out there. They always put their job first because it is a natural instinct. No matter what though, the most important job our furry friends will hold is to be a companion. Whether your dog is a working dog or just a companion, we have the most cost-efficient food. Our food provides dogs with enough energy to last throughout any job.
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