A Labor Day Special – In Praise of “Working Dogs” – VIDEO
Dogs are invaluable assistants to the human race. Their love and dedication to the job surpasses humans including the most extreme workaholics. Here are some popular canine employment positions.
Police Dogs. Specially trained to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel with their work. Often referred to by the term K9.
The history of police dogs can be traced all the way back to the Middle Ages. Towns and villages paid taxes for the upkeep of bloodhounds used by constables to track down outlaws and criminals. It wasn’t until around mid-1800’s that dogs were recognized as valuable police assistants. They were used for night patrols, guard dogs for prisons, and in the military as sentry and mine dogs. Law enforcement initially used dogs for riot control. Their role expanded to tracking, drug and explosive detection, and used to intimidate/subdue armed suspects.
The popular K9 breeds include German Shepherds, Rotweillers, and Doberman Pinchers.
Search and Rescue Dogs (SAR Dogs). They are very special workers in the world of search and rescue. The “construction” of a dog makes it ideal for this kind of work. Ultra-sensitive smell and hearing, night vision, endurance, and a dedication to get the job done makes them invaluable in the search for missing persons. They help by reducing the time spent on searching, greatly improving the chance the missing will be found alive. One SAR dog is equivalent to approximately 30 trained humans.
The most popular breed for Search and Rescue? All of them. Many of these dogs are rescues or adopted from shelters.
Service Dogs. Specifically trained to help people who have disabilities and not just for the visual or hearing impaired. They can assist as medical response dogs, warning of an impending seizure or debilitating anxiety attack. Service dogs are also used for children with Autism. Their calming presence helps focus the child to accomplish every day activities.
Service dogs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which gives them equal access to anywhere the general public is allowed.
The only requirement is to have a good disposition and good health. Again, many service dogs were former shelter dogs.
But let’s not forget the Administrative Assistant. Every office should have one of these:
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