Today we will discuss the dog breeds used as working dogs. According to the topic, we will see how these working dogs help you in daily life or in any incidental situation. We will also see who are these working dogs. What are its benefits? So let’s start our today’s topics.
Who Are The Working Dogs?
Working dogs are also known as service dogs. These dogs are used to help disabled people or used to transfer people or items from one place to another. These dogs are also used to perform some practical tasks. The Kennel Club also registers working dogs as a separate dog group and under this group, different dog breeds come, like Labrador Retriever, Pointer, German Shepherd, etc.
Benefits Of Having Working Dogs As Pets
In this section of the article, we will discuss how working dogs help you to perform daily life tasks and they are helpful to make your life easy and comfortable.
1. Working Dogs Help Handicaps
For people who are physically disabled or cannot move from one place to another, service dogs provide them support. Mobility assistance dogs can open doors for those in wheelchairs, manipulate light switches, and pick up objects off the ground or retrieve them from other spots. Individuals with limited mobility may need working dogs to help switch from their wheelchair to another position, like their bed or toilet. These working Dogs can also unload laundry from the dryer.
2. Working Dogs for Epilepsy
People with epilepsy have trained dogs that are trained to alert their human partners before a seizure occurs which helps prevent injury during a seizure. Seizure-alert working dogs have an innate ability to detect the onset of a seizure. When they sense an imminent seizure, the working dogs give signals to their owners like pawing, pacing, intense staring, or rubbing their head or nose on their owner. During a seizure, service dogs will lie down close to the person having the seizure. If we see in time, individuals with epilepsy can prepare themselves and get somewhere safe, such as on a soft surface or on the floor, before the seizure happens. After the seizure is over, the dog may go and seek additional help if needed.
3. Benefits for Physical Challenges or Fatigue Issues
For individuals with disabilities that cause fatigue, pain, and trouble walking, service dogs can help them. Like the mobility tasks for wheelchair users, service dogs can also help people regain balance and prevent falling. The dog can carry items if the individual is too weak to move or hold them. Because service dogs are allowed by law in public places for the benefit of their owners, this means they can perform these assistive tasks in the grocery store, on the sidewalk, and in other public areas. Using a service dog for balance can help when unstable walking and stumbling occur. Service dogs are trained for various bracing tricks to prevent falls, provide secure footing after making a difficult move, and recover control.
List Of Dog Breeds Used As Working Dogs
In this section, we will mention and discuss those dog breeds used as working dogs. We will also discuss their characteristics and personality traits.
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular in the list of working dogs. They were originally brought over to the UK by fishermen from Canada, who used them to hunt small game and assist with landing fishing nets. They are even-tempered, playful, and excellent around children and their popularity as gun dogs stems from this and from the fact that they are very trainable and intelligent. Their ability to gently carry items in their mouth makes them good as working dogs. Also, their waterproof coat and their natural inclination to fetch items for their owners make Labradors ideal for hunting and working.
The Pointer is one of the oldest working dog breeds. We can trace their origins back nearly 300 years. They are extremely elegant and graceful, a Pointer’s function is to quarter the ground in front of its handler to locate the game and indicate it by freezing, ideally with one foot raised and tail held parallel to the ground. Even-tempered, affectionate, and loyal, their stamina and desire for frequent exercise enable Pointers to run for hours, while their obedient nature makes the breed ideal for performing in the show ring in addition to excelling in the field.
3. German Shepherd
German shepherds are famous as working dogs. They are also used as police dogs. Although they are still a popular choice as guard dogs. The context of the work performed by German shepherds may unfairly brand this dog as aggressive. In reality, they are highly intelligent and obedient, although less suited for household ownership than some other breeds.
This strong, bright, active, and agile breed comfortably straddles the categories of working dogs. Originally bred in Germany for hunting and guarding, boxers are not an aggressive breed, but they do have a strong protective instinct.
Akitas are a large and powerful breed. The bloodline stretches back to early Japanese history, where having a member of this dominating and loyal breed was regarded as a sign of status. Though Akitas tend to be reserved and independent, their loyalty and fearlessness as guard dogs are legendary, and trainers who put in the time and effort will reap the benefits.