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Dogs with Jobs

Recently, some of our blogs have been focusing on those who work in dog related jobs, or alongside dogs. These blogs have made us realise that there is a wealth of jobs out there for dogs too. Many dogs would love the opportunity to work and, in this blog, we look at a few of the opportunities out there.

Historically, working dogs tended to be those who worked as Gundogs or on farms. Now, many popular domestic breeds have been deployed in more varied roles.

Therapy Dogs – There are many organisations throughout the UK that train and deploy therapy pets. One of the most well known of these is national charity ‘Pets As Therapy’. Their aim is to enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. They provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK. To find out more about how you and your dog can volunteer with ‘Pets As Therapy’, click here.

Assistance Dogs – You may have heard of ‘Dogs for Good’ which is an amazing charity that trains and offers assistance dogs for adults and children with a range of physical disabilities. Every dog is specially trained to help with practical tasks that many people with disabilities find difficult or impossible to do, such as:

  • Opening and closing doors
  • Helping with dressing and undressing
  • Retrieving items such as mobile telephones or dropped articles like keys or a bag
  • Loading and emptying the washing machine
  • Pressing a pedestrian crossing button
  • Reaching up to shop-counters with items such as a wallet

A registered assistance dog provides an extension of the person’s abilities.

Detection Dogs – The Buddies team have supported ‘Medical detection Dogs’ and the fantastic work they do for some time. The organisation trains dogs to detect the odour of human diseases. You can find out more about medical detection dogs in one of our recent blogs here.

Acting Dogs – Animals are increasingly used for marketing and advertising purposes. Every animal you see on TV and in magazines is a professional pet model or actor. Companies such as Urban Paws, manage animal talent and supply animal actors for marketing campaigns for some of the biggest companies worldwide. You can find out more about Urban Paws and how to get your dog into show business in one of our recent blogs here.

Emergency Service Dogs – There are a range of roles for dogs within the UK Emergency Services. From Police Dogs, to Search and Rescue Dogs and even Fire Inspection Dogs. Each of these dog jobs play a vital part within our emergency services and support them in the fantastic work they do.  You can find out more about these amazing dogs and their handlers in our recent blog posts.

Does your dog have a job? We would love to hear about it. Join the discussion under this post over on our Facebook page.

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