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Posted on 06-24-2016

A dog is man's best friend! Dogs are great companions - they can cheer us up on a bad day, make us laugh, and provide lasting friendship. Dogs keep us active and studies show they may even help strengthen our immune systems. Canines have lived alongside humans for thousands of years, and have been trained to provide assistance in many different areas of life.

Guide & Therapy Dogs: Guide dogs are highly trained dogs that act as a mobility aide to the blind and visually impaired. A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.

Hunting: Various types of dogs have been used for hunting with humans. Sighthounds use the method of “coursing” – running down their prey and killing it swiftly, while scent hounds can trail game for long periods of time usually leaving the kill to the hunter. Setters and Spaniels will flush game from brush, allowing the hunter access to them.

Assistance Dogs: With special training, these dogs can help improve and save the lives of people with many different types of disabilities such as blindness, wheelchairs, mental and psychological impairments, seizure and low blood sugar alert, and even cancer detection.

Search and Rescue: Trained Search and Rescue dogs can detect the scent of missing individuals through the wilderness, in hazardous weather, debris and even underwater. Their ability to smell particles of human scent allow them to track the air as well as the ground and locate people.

Farm Dogs: Many breeds such as Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies, and Kelpies have worked for hundreds of years alongside ranchers to manage herds of cattle, sheep, reindeer and fowl.

Law Enforcement: In addition to German Shepherds, other breeds such as Malinois, Labs, Hounds, and Beagles serve our police force by filling many roles including enforcing public order, search and rescue and cadaver detection. Dogs use their keen senses of smell to detect everything – from bombs to bedbugs to contraband such as cellphones in prisons.

Military Dogs: Dogs of war have served alongside brave soldiers in every conflict – on both foreign and domestic soil, whether they were officially “enlisted” or not. They serve their country and comrades by running messages, guarding perimeters, bomb detection, and of course boosting morale.

Entertainment: Countless dogs have entertained us - on television we have Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and even Eddie from “Frasier”. On the big screen we have ToTo, Hooch, Beethoven, Air Bud, and so many more!

Does your pup have a job? Tell us about it in the comments!

Originally posted January 6, 2016.

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