Riley the Labrador Retriever, Vizsla Mix

We got our two year old Riley from a shelter in March of last year. She had been brought back to the shelter for the third time that year. To this day we don’t understand why because she is such a people pleaser and very dainty. She loves everyone, she loves sleeping, and she loves playing with a ball. She also loves her big sister, Raven. She’s a goofball and a sweetheart. She recently beat heartworm and I’m so proud of her! Submitted by Kelly M.

 

Raven the Newfoundland Flat-Coated Retriever Mix

We got Raven from a cat rescue. She was saved from a kill shelter when she was only five months old. She is now two-and-a-half years old. Raven used to be scared and insecure. Now she’s confident, very loving and a little too comfortable. She’s a big bundle of love. She has a sister just a couple of months younger than her and they love to play and cuddle. Submitted by Kelly M.

 

What Important Jobs Can Dogs Perform?

One of the world’s favorite pets is the dog. While canines are certainly good companions, they also make for excellent workers. In particular, dogs with specific personalities and specialized training can fulfill tasks that directly assist with significant duties.

For example, service dogs perform tasks for those with disabilities and greatly improve their owners’ quality of life. Canines can also perform other jobs with similar impacts that make them a massive benefit to the humans they are assisting.

It may seem hard to understand how an animal that cannot effectively speak with us can be helpful, but they can communicate and understand us through body language, verbal cues, and displayed emotions.

This makes dogs great at taking commands and understanding what it is you need from them. This translates to a fantastic work ethic. In turn, they are great for several important jobs, which we’ll take a look at below.

Law Enforcement

One significant job that dogs perform include law enforcement duties, also known as K-9 dogs.

K-9 dogs are often German Shepherds, which gives them the iconic police dog look. They are incredibly helpful for law enforcement officers, assisting with several important tasks that mitigate risk to human officers.

A few tasks that K-9 dogs excel at include attacking runaway targets, tracking scents, searching for evidence at crime scenes, looking for bodies, and detecting explosives.

These can all be completed by human officers, but they will either take longer or encounter greater risk than a well-trained K-9 dog. Canines are simply faster because they have stronger noses and their risk is mitigated by the fact that few criminals are prepared to fight off a dog.

K-9 dogs serve as an extension of law enforcement, but they are also an essential component of the police force. Considering this, assisting police officers is just one great job that canines can perform.

Search and Rescue Efforts

Dogs are also crucial players during search and rescue efforts.

This is another product of the scent-tracking power that canines have in their noses. Dogs’ noses are upwards of 1,000 times more powerful than human noses, meaning they can detect scents we are oblivious to.

Furthermore, this means that canines can pick up on highly subtle scents. When someone is lost in nature, they often leave few scents to pick up on. There’s no way a human would be able to detect it, instead relying on visual cues like footprints and disturbed foliage.

Dogs can detect extremely subtle smells. Once they are provided with a target scent, they can search for it to find someone who is lost.

This happens in two ways.

First, they can detect lingering scents in the air. This might be where someone touched the ground, stopped to cough or sneeze, went to the bathroom, or otherwise left something behind.

Alternatively, scents can be carried on the wind and detected that way. This can alert a dog to a lost person’s exact location, even if they are several miles away.

People have a scent and this is something that canines can easily pick up on. As a result, they are excellent search and rescue helpers.

Substance Detection

Canines are also particularly effective at substance detection tasks.

We mentioned above that K-9 dogs can sniff out explosives, but they can also be used to detect illegal substances. K-9 dogs are the vast majority of substance detection dogs, but there are also non-police detection canines used in the military and for wildlife tracking.

In particular, substance detection dogs search for illegal drugs like marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. They can also track the scent of blood, money, explosives, or electronics, making them useful in a prison setting. Others track wildlife feces to provide research for biologists.

Once again, dogs are used for this job because of their powerful noses. While something like an explosive may not have a smell to you, it has a distinct scent that canines can detect.

Everything has a smell to a dog and this can be used to help them identify the scent in the future. As a result, substance detection is just another beneficial job that canines excel at!

Service Work

Service work in the form of emotional support or direct assistance is another duty that dogs perform masterfully.

The three jobs mentioned above are perfect for dogs because of their powerful noses. However, their noses aren’t the only skill that canines have.

Dogs are also some of the best animal companions you can have around. They are capable of connecting closely with humans and forming a bond that can be stronger than blood.

Because of this connection, a mutually beneficial relationship is possible. You can care for them and they can respond by providing you with comfort.

Some dogs receive additional training to make them even better companions. Rather than just helping by being there, they can actively assist in their owners’ lives.

Service dogs are meant to assist with those that suffer from some form of disability. These canines are trained to assist with specific disabilities, making them well-equipped to help someone suffering from the same condition.

While service dogs may not necessarily save you from imminent death, they can save your life. The joy and assistance they bring is unparalleled and can give you a new outlook on life.

With this in mind, dogs are amazing friends to have around you. Their service work is one of the most impactful jobs that canines have.

Closing Thoughts

Dogs are incredible creatures that many people love. They provide many therapeutic benefits just by being near you, but they can also be trained to help with more advanced tasks.

In particular, there are a few significant jobs that canines are perfect for. This includes assisting law enforcement, search and rescue efforts, substance detection, and service work.

If you currently suffer from a disability, consider the benefits of a working dog. Canines are exceptionally skilled and may surprise you in how impactful they can be!

Getting to Know Your Terriers

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small, some are large. Some breeds of dog come in a variety of categories and sub-breeds, such as the Terrier, which is a very popular breed of dog that many people around the world have as their pet. They are very sociable dogs and very playful, which is what makes them so attractive to have as the family pet. Their mischievous energy and behavior are one of their characteristics, along with the fact that they are very easy to train.

But did you know that there are actually a number of different breeds of Terrier. The name itself comes from the latin word “terra” which means ground or earth. This is because they were originally bred to go out and hunt for things such as rats, foxes and moles. Today they don’t go out hunting as much, and instead are more likely to hunt out a dog biscuit or treat from their owners hand, than they are to go running around fields looking for prey.

Some of the breeds of Terrier are well known, with two of the most popular being the Yorkshire Terrier and the Irish Terrier. You can find some excellent resources online that explain all the different breeds and you can easily find a Wheaten Terrier or Patterdale Terrier guide by doing a quick search on the net. Below we will take a quick look at some of the more well known breeds of terrier…

Yorkshire Terrier

This is the most famous of the Terrier breed and is one of the most popular family pets. This dog is small in size, usually reaching a height of between 6-8 inches, with a silky soft coat. They are very energetic and are great fun for kids, who can spend hours playing outside with them. They are fearless little animals, and can actually make great watch dogs, despite their small size.

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier

Another of the more popular terriers is the Jack Russell. They are great pets but do require commitment and maintenance, so make sure you are going to put in the proper effort to look after it if you are planning on getting one. They are very energetic dogs and need activity and walks. If you live in a small apartment, they are probably not the best choice of dog for you.

Irish Terrier

This dog is larger than the Yorkshire and Jack Russell Terriers, and is described as being a medium-sized dog. They are very attractive dogs and are one of the oldest breeds of terrier. They are very loyal and enjoy being around people, and are very adaptive, meaning that they are perfect as a pet regardless of whether you live in the city or the countryside.

Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier, or the Welshie as it is also known, is another of the oldest types of Terrier breed, and is a very friendly and playful dog, perfect as a family pet. They are an active dog so will need regular walks and activity each day. Their enthusiastic nature makes them a joy to be around.

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the tallest of all the breeds of terriers, with an average height of around 22 inches, and are often referred to as the King of Terriers. Their strong muscular body is covered in thick fur, and they are very handsome animals. Having an Airedale Terrier as a pet will take a lot of dedication and work. Their size is obviously one issue, and with their independent temperament, they can sometimes be a bit more than people were expecting.

Airedale Terrier

Terriers make great pets. They are fun, friendly and loyal. Some can be a little naughty and mischievous at times, but that is all part of their unique character. Some of the larger breeds will need more work and commitment, but if you are able to, and have space such as a backyard in your home, then they are perfect choices.

Terriers love being outside and running around, as it’s part of their nature. Their outer coats protect them from the elements, and they are perfectly happy being outside and running around in all types of weather, rain or shine.

There are of course a few things that can make them difficult for some people to keep as a family pet. One of the main things that people take issue with is their loud barking. You’ll sometimes wonder how something so small can make such a loud noise. Another thing is that they love being active, and frequent walks each day are necessary. They are fearless animals, and you might see that at times. They can be quite aggressive towards other dogs.

Whether you do choose to have a Terrier as a pet or not is up to you. But they are an amazing breed of dog and have so many great qualities.