Dogs are becoming more than house pets these days. Our four legged friends now have jobs in various fields and industries. Giving your doggy something else to do besides staying and lounging around at home can be a great way to help the community, giving you a sense of pride in your doggy. Below are a few doggy jobs that you can let your dog volunteer.
Sign your doggy up for the army and let it serve the country. Military doggies are always needed and are used for bomb sniffing and guide dogs. The common breeds that get drafted are German Shepherds and Labradors. A down side to these breeds is that they can’t stay in service for a long time since they are prone to dm in dogs. This illness causes them to lose control of their nerves and become paralyzed. You might also miss your dog since they could be drafted overseas.
Like military doggies, these K9s are places right in the heart of the action. Police dogs are used as bomb and drug sniffers, tracking, guide and even attack doggies. Your dog will be trained to take down people, but not to the point of that they seriously hurt the person. Common breeds used as police doggies are German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois.
On the lighter side, doggies can also help patients in health clinics and hospitals to feel better and get well faster. If your dogs are great with other people, especially kids, and interacts, play and amuses them, then sign your dog up to be a therapy dog. Most medial institutions and clinics have programs connected with their therapy or ward section where you can register your dog. Any dog can be a therapy dog, as long as they’re well socialized and easy to train.
Many dogs’s are used to help guide people, especially the blind, to where they want to go. But service doggies go beyond this role. Some service dogs are even used to help epileptic patients alert and predict an incoming seizure, although dogs have limited abilities to predict them. They can also help guard the person and stay close to fetch medication during an attack. Other service dogs are used to help push or pull people with wheelchairs, retrieve items and even open doors for them.
Today, dogs that work with the military are commonly dubbed K-9 or Military Working Dogs (WMD). Statistics say that about six hundred dogs are currently in use among the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After their training, these dogs are paired with a handler, who is a single individual that the dog can bond with. These teams usually stay together for at least a year, but very rarely for the whole time they work in the military.
The conditions for these dogs are harsh, just as they are for people. But the government and the public are trying to make changes to the way these dogs are handled both whiles in service and afterward. Until 2000, military police dogs, as they are known, were euthanized after they became too old to perform their tasks. This was especially common in the Vietnam War, where dogs were considered equipment and were killed in-country or left in the hands of United States allies.
It’s a nice thought to know that your dog is doing his or her part in helping out the community. Make sure you keep them healthy and avoid illnesses dogs or even the common cold so that their heath won’t be in their way.