• Louise Kyei-Balffour

Dogs with jobs

Dogs with jobs and the amazing things they do

Dogs are amazing; we all know that! However, there is a special kind of dog in this world that we want to discuss today, dogs with jobs. These dogs battle drug dealers, calm people down, sniff out dead bodies and rescue people from avalanches. They are heroes to humans and dogs alike and we want to celebrate these amazing doggos in this article! Now, although every dog is a superstar and awesome and amazing, not every dog in the world can have a job. There are strict regulations and tests that dogs have to pass to get a job. So, the next time you see a dog with a job, just think, they may have had to work harder to get their job than you did to get yours! Let’s find out about this doggo training, shall we?

Training dogs with jobs

This training typically starts when they are cute little puppers trying to find their place in the world. They are whisked up by the police or a charity, and their training begins. The training is preparing them for their life as a service dog. Of course, the training is very different depending on which job the dog is being considered for. For a dog to even be considered for police work, for example, they have to be able to complete basic obedience training. All police dogs from the earliest of ages must be able to obey the commands of their handler without any hesitation. This provides a great baseline for the dog and the handler to build from. Let’s take a quick look at different dogs with jobs and base requirements they need to have to get a job.

Police dogs

Police dogs need to be selected for their role. They are then put into basic patrol training that can last 3-4 weeks. After this initial training, police dogs are required to train consistently so that they can maintain their skills. So, for police dogs, training is never really over.

Guide dogs

Guide dogs begin their training at just 8 weeks old, so cute and handsome! This training is given by “puppy raisers”, so this isn’t actually their formal training to be a guide dog, this is more like training to be a really good boy. Their guide dog training starts when they are about 14 months old, and it takes them between 3 and 9 months to complete their training and be ready to help someone.

Emotional support dogs

Most emotional support dogs can be trained the basics in about two weeks. However, it can take up to two years of training for an emotional support dog to be ready for someone. However, their training doesn’t stop there. Each person who needs an emotional support dog has very different needs and so the training for an emotional support dog, just like police dogs, is never really over. They have to learn from their human and grow to support them as much as possible.

So, I think it's fair to say that training for dogs with jobs is not as easy as it first appeared. Training for these dogs is never really over. Whether they are honing their skills and working their way up to Detective Doggo or learning the ways of their human, dogs with jobs continue to grow and improve throughout the years.

We want to take a moment to appreciate all the amazing police, guide, border patrol and support dogs (and any we have missed out here) that are currently working in the UK. You are such good doggos! You do an amazing job, looking cute, keeping us safe, supporting us when we need you and licking your butt when it is convenient for your human for you to do so! Well done dogs with jobs, you’re awesome and love you!

By Scott Partington

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