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K9 to 5: A Pawsome Guide to Working Dogs!

к9 K9 TO 5 A Pawsome Guide to Working Dogs! Hi! We're working dogs! Just like humans, we have specialties and talents that make us valuable (and adorable) members of society. We are soldiers, police officers, farmers, therapists, medical assistants, protectors, heroes, and so much more! Here are just a few reasons why we are such incredible and versatile working partners for humans. Our sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times more acute than a human's. That is akin to detecting a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water! It is believed that we can detect extremely low concentrations of alkanes and aromatic compounds generated by tumors. This means we can help discover cancer that tests might miss! We are the only non-primate species to instinctively interpret human facial expressions! This helps us provide emotional support and recognize potential threats. We have ear mobility that helps us rapidly pinpoint the exact location of a sound, making us ideal for hunting, searching, and identifying danger. Our instinct is to bond with our pack and contribute to our pack in any way that we can! That is why we love our jobs and always work hard. We are happiest when we have a purpose! Will work for love! MILITARY DOG We are tough and courageous dogs that are trained to handle countless situations alongside soldiers! RESPONSIBILITIES * Detect bombs, hazardous odors, and other hidden threats. * Patrol and alert troops of concealed snipers by stiffening our bodies: Absolutely no barking! * Search for and rescue humans that are in need of help: We can often find trapped people much faster than humans can alone due to our keen noses. * Detect illegal narcotics. * Some dogs join the CIA. These dogs guard elite humans. They work around 60 hours a week! That cloud is shaped like a bone! TRAINING Bad to the bone. * It can cost between $20,000 and $40,000 to fully train a military dog, depending on specialization. We're worth it! * We receive specialized equipment such as bulletproof vests and infrared and GPS cameras. * CIA dogs undergo 13 weeks of explosives detection training and 13 weeks of street patrol training. * We get to retire from military life at around age 8 or 9, often being adopted by our beloved handlers! MOST COMMON BREEDS * German shepherds, Dutch shepherds, and Belgian Malinois FUN FACTS * War dogs date back to the mid-7th century B.C.! * A Belgian Malinois named Cairo accompanied the operation that took out Osama bin Laden. * Judy was a Pointer that survived impossible odds as a prisoner of war alongside her fellow soldiers. She received a Dickin Medal, which honors brave animals who served! Put that in your * Smoky. a 4-pound Yorkshire terrier, was pipe and smoke it! another incredible World War Il dog. She ran a crucial telegraph wire through a 70-foot-long pipe that was barely 8 inches wide! AUTISM SERVICE DOG I am a loyal and empathetic dog that is trained to help autistic individuals (especially kids!) gain more independence and daily function. RESPONSIBILITIES * Notify handlers when they are engaging in repetitive behaviors ('stimming"). which can be comforting or harmful * Apply therapeutic pressure when our handler becomes over-stimulated to help calm them, sort of like cuddling! * Prevent handlers from getting disoriented: We provide physical and emotional stability! * Help handlers process sensory information and alert handlers when certain sounds require action, like a fire alarm or ringing phone. TRAINING * Training varies based on the program. Often, we will be trained based on the individual needs of our handlers. We need to be adequately socialized so we can handle all sorts of people and environments. We love to be socialized by our future handlers through play and talk! Not only does this help us, but it also helps relieve anxiety in our beloved kids. MOST COMMON BREEDS * Herding breeds are very effective at this job. * Since some autistic people struggle with certain textures, like a golden retriever's fur, many autism non-traditional breeds. Like me! service dogs are POLICE DOG (K9 UNIT) We take a bite out of POLICE crime by assisting law enforcement with various I can smell your fear! tasks. RESPONSIBILITIES * Detect explosives, harmful chemicals, and drugs. * Search for missing humans. * Help process crime scenes and locate key evidence that humans are unable to detect. * Protect fellow officers in the line of duty. * Chase and catch bad guys. * Suppress riots and fights in prisons * Arson dogs can be trained to pick up on accelerants after a fire. * Cadaver dogs sniff out decomposing bodies, even under running water. * Some of us can even sniff out electronics through layers of metal! You cant run and you cant hide! TRAINING Squad goals! * Training often begins when we're between 12 and 15 months old. * Training costs can range from $12,000 to $15,000. MOST COMMON BREEDS * German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, boxers, American pit bull terriers, beagles, bloodhounds, Airedale terriers. FUN FACTS * Some K9 dogs are rescued from shelters! If we've got excellent noses, we are often hired for scent work. * Many male police dogs are left unneutered to maintain their aggressive tendencies. Phew! SEEING EYE DOG We are assistance dogs that help blind or visually impaired humans navigate obstacles. We provide independence and companionship! RESPONSIBILITIES * We guide humans where they wish to go. We don't make the decisions; we just make sure the environment is safe to proceed! * Alert humans of hazards such as overhangs, branches, or unstable ground. * Practice intelligent disobedience: We refuse any command that may endanger our human! TRAINING * When we are 8 weeks old, we are taught basic obedience and socialization by loving volunteers. After that, we enjoy four months of training with a sighted instructor. Then, we train alongside a blind individual. Training varies depending on the program and state. MOST COMMON BREEDS * Golden retrievers, Labradors, German shepherds, poodles, and collies FUN FACTS * Please don't pet, feed, or talk to us while we are hard at work unless our human permits it! * Morris Frank was the first person to ever be paired with a Seeing Eye dog, in 1928. Her name was Buddy! Just like his mother, Frank lost his vision in two separate, bizarre accidents. He went on to establish a guide-dog training school called The Seeing Eye. HYPO ALERT DOG (DIABETIC ALERT) I give sweetheart a whole new meaning! We employ our keen noses to detect dangerous highs or lows of blood sugar in diabetic humans. RESPONSIBILITIES * Detect high blood glucose and alert our humans so they can inject * Detect low blood glucose and alert our humans so they can take glucose tablets: To us, it smells like nail polish remover or rusty water. Yuck! insulin: To us, it smells like tutti-frutti gum! TRAINING * We receive six to eight months of training in recognizing the organic chemicals that blood sugar conditions release. * There are many independent programs that offer training for hypo alert dogs. MOST COMMON BREEDS * Mostly golden retrievers, but a variety of breeds can be trained FUN FACTS * The first officially registered hypo alert dog was named Tinker. He was able to alert his human half an hour before an attack occurred! HERDING DOG This is a fun job! We serve as a "living fence," guiding flocks of livestock to graze and keeping them away from danger or valuable crops. RESPONSIBILITIES * We muster cattle, sheep, goats, reindeer, and sometimes poultry! * Headers, typically border collies, herd livestock by getting in front of animals and using their strong eye to stare them down and keep them in line. Eye of the Wolf! This isn't what I signed up for! * Heelers, such as the Australian cattle dog, nip at the heels of animals to herd them. TRAINING * Through selective breeding, we have learned to maintain our hunting instincts while no longer treating cattle and sheep as prey. MOST COMMON BREEDS * Border collies, bearded collies, Welsh corgis, Shetland sheepdogs, Australian shepherds, koolies. FUN FACTS * Australia and New Zealand have the largest cattle and sheep pastures. Herding dogs are renowned there. * Watch us show off our skills competitively in a sheepdog trial! * The world-record price for a herding dog was broken in February 2011 at Skipton Market, England. A border collie named Dewi Fan was purchased for $10.270! Sources: BLUE

K9 to 5: A Pawsome Guide to Working Dogs!

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Just like hard-working humans, some dogs have talents and specialties that make them valuable (and cute) members of society! They serve as police officers, farmers, therapists, medical assistants, pro...


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