Dogs with Jobs at DogFest
MAN’S BEST FRIEND IS ALWAYS READY TO LEND A PAW!
“It’s been a hard day’s night”, sang The Beatles on one of their most famous songs, “and I’ve been working like a dog.” And as always, the Fab Four knew what they were talking about.
Many dogs work incredibly hard across a wide range of important jobs that keep us safe, protected and happy, whilst also giving them an ideal outlet to keep healthy, active, stimulated and giving their self-esteem an important boost. Dogs are of course pack animals, and giving them tasks to complete really helps them to feel that they are contributing to their “pack”. Even those who don’t have jobs will enjoy partaking in activities such as fetching the post, retrieving slippers or chasing after a ball.
Those who do work in jobs provide services that play an important role beyond their immediate family. With their superior sense of smell and people-pleasing disposition, many dogs have learned the skills that make them valuable members of the workforce. From guiding blind people through crowded streets to sniffing out dangerous weapons and substances for the police. Then there are search and rescue dogs that assist in search efforts when someone gets lost or goes missing. Dogs can even be trained to detect cancer and famously there have been many top canine stars in Hollywood!
The Dogs With Jobs feature at DogFest brings together some truly remarkable dogs that have a daily job! Visitors will be able to speak with the organisations about their dogs' work, and meet the amazing pooches themselves to get a full insight into their work.
In some cases, it will be even be possible to see the dogs at work….here’s some of the dogs that will be at DogFest!
German Shepherds have been used to help police apprehend suspects since the 1960s. They go through intense training to protect law enforcement, and help with tasks such as detecting criminal evidence, finding missing persons and sniffing out bombs, guns and drugs. S
Service dogs include any training to assist someone with a disability, which can be physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or mental. For example, the guide dog which helps those who are blind get around safely; hearing dogs that help the deaf or hard-of-hearing; or medical alert dogs that can sense an impending medical crisis such as a panic attack or seizure.
Therapy dogs go through intense training to provide comfort to people in high-stress conditions. They are often placed in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and airports.
SEARCH & RESCUE DOGS
Search and rescue dogs assist in search efforts when someone goes lost or missing. They can help find people lost in the woods, elderly who wander away from their home and victims of accidents such as floods and fires.
These dogs can serve as scouts, sentries, trackers and bomb detectors as well as helping to improve troop morale. Some dogs are outfitted with cameras and microphones to allow their handler to see and hear an area when they scout ahead. Costing thousands to train in their speciality, the care of these dogs is taken very seriously by the military.