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Different Types Of Working Dog Part 1

Want to know more about the different types of working dog? Working dogs can have very important jobs and provide a helping hand to humans. They are specifically chosen because they have desirable traits for a specific role. Pet dog breeds are carefully bred to have the right characteristics, and working dogs are no exception. If you don’t know much about the different groups of working dogs then read on to discover more about them and some of the jobs they do.

Guard Dogs

Some breeds make excellent guard dogs and are used to protect people and property. Guard dogs are used in lots of different situations and are not the type of dogs you want to mess with. They are used at events, as bodyguards, to guard homes and businesses. They assist with keeping people off property and preventing unwanted intruders. Breeds such as German Shepherds, Dobermans and rottweilers are commonly used as guard dogs.

Sled Dogs

Sled dogs are used in places such as the Arctic, Alaska and Greenland to transport people and their possessions around. For these people sled dogs are the best way of getting around and they rely on these dogs to carry them long distances. These dogs have been specifically bred to pull a sled and have remarkable endurance. They are able to travel miles in extremely harsh conditions. They have thick double coats, the outer coat keeps the cold and the snow out. Sled dog breeds include Alaskan Huskies and Malamutes.

Search & Rescue Dogs

Search and rescue dogs carry out a crucial job, finding lost and injured people. They have a very strong nose and are taught to track the scent of humans so that they can be found and rescued. They work very closely with their handlers and go through extensive training and testing before they can go out in the field. There are lots of different breeds that would make good search and rescue dogs, it just depends on training and the environment they will be working in.

Dogs For The Disabled

There are a few different categories of dogs that work with disabled people. For example, guide dogs, canine partners and medical alert dogs. There is a lot of training involved in getting these dogs up to scratch but it is all worthwhile because they make a huge difference to people’s lives. Guide dogs tend to be labradors and retrievers because they are easier to train than some other dogs. Canine partner dogs help their disabled owners with tasks such as opening doors and fetching things for them. Medical alert dogs are taught to recognise when their owner’s blood pressure changes so that they can raise the alarm and get help.

Sniffer Dogs

Sniffer dogs are training to pick out the scent of drugs or illegal substances to catch criminals and reduce drug trafficking. Other types of sniffer dogs include bomb detection dogs who work with a handler to find bombs so that they can be safely removed and disposed of. The main difference between these two types of sniffer dogs is that drug search dogs will find the drugs and try and retrieve them, whereas bomb disposal dogs will only indicate. They find the bomb and then display an indication signal such as freezing, sitting or wagging their tail.

Keep an eye out for part two next month where you can learn about other types of working dogs.


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