Wouldn’t it be great if you could go down to your local pet store, buy an army of dogs, and then have them work for you for free at your business? It sure would. But unfortunately, our four-legged friends are slightly lacking in higher reasoning skills and so probably wouldn’t make great web designers or accountants.

The good news, however, is that there are a bunch of jobs that dogs can do (sometimes without knowing it). Here’s a rundown.

Therapy Dogs

We’ve heard it said a thousand times by people who own dog: their dog loves them no matter what they look like. Hospitals and therapy centers have picked up on this aspect of dogs’ personalities and are now employing dogs to just sit around and make people happy. Good candidates for this job include dogs who like to laze around all day, love people and have cute eyes.

Therapy Dog

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War Dogs

Dogs have been used in war since ancient times. But according to these military working dogs facts, they’re still used by the army today. War dogs, as they are called, are used to help troops sniff out unexploded mines and bombs. Because dogs’ sense of smell is so powerful, they’re able to detect undetonated bombs 98 percent of the time which is better than every device so far developed by the military.

Dogs have also been used in the army to help soldiers recover from PTSD. Studies have shown that when soldiers take their war dogs home, they recover from the trauma of warfare faster.

War Dogs

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Acting Dogs

Lassie introduced the world to the idea of an acting dog. But now there are all sorts of roles for dogs in TV and film. Dogs, like Beethoven, can become massive stars in their own right.

Acting dogs come in all forms, and no one particular breed is better than any other. Because filming on location can take many hours, acting dogs need to be patient and be able to take direction.

Detection Dogs

It’s not just the military that uses dogs for their sniffing superpowers: law enforcement uses them too. Dogs are used by border security agents to sniff out suspicious packages hidden in cars and trucks as well as drugs stored in unusual places, like under the floorboards. You can find detection dogs at airports, police stations and schools too.

Herding Dogs

Herding dogs have been around for centuries, perhaps even longer. Their role is to keep livestock in check and help farmers control their herd. In fact, most breeds come from dogs that were originally bred to be quick on their feet and able to round up unruly sheep. That’s why when you let a dog off leash in the park, all it wants to do is run circles around everybody. Herding dogs need to be energetic, lively, fit and strong. They also need to be able to listen and interpret their master’s commands.

Finally, it’s worth noting that, although not all dogs have official jobs, they’re still our best friends. And that’s a pretty decent job to have.

 

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