Dogs are more than just man’s best friend. They are also talented employees who contribute to the workforce! You probably already know that dogs are often useful in search and rescue operations and in guiding the blind, but you may not have known that dogs also assist in a number of other unusual careers.
Truffles are considered delicacies and can make truffle hunters a lot of money. To make the task of finding truffles easier, dogs that can detect their smell in the ground are often used to locate them. One of the best dog breeds for finding truffles is the Lagotto Romagnolo. There are even competitions that involve dogs competing to find the most truffles.
In rural areas, dogs often come in handy for protecting sheep, cattle and other livestock herds from dangerous predators. But did you know dogs can protect other animals as well? Some dogs are trained to smell for whale feces to help conservationists locate the habitats of endangered whales so that measures can be taken to help keep them safe. There are even dogs that can locate turtle eggs by smelling for a particular type of mucus, and locating these eggs helps conservationists protect vulnerable types of turtles.
Bugs, rodents and other types of pests are often easier to control thanks to dogs. Terriers are especially good at killing rats and mice and chasing squirrels out of yards. Badgers and other burrowing animals can be kept away by dachshunds. But did you know dogs can also be trained to detect smaller and more sinister pests? Some dogs can help with termite extermination by finding termite nests by scent. People can sleep easier when dogs can detect bed bugs that need to be exterminated. There are even dogs like Riley that are being trained to keep pests away from expensive artworks.
Even canines can get a share of the Hollywood limelight by being cast in movies and TV shows. Dogs are often used in funny scenes and can perform tricks and follow other commands to heighten the humor. Compassionate or sad scenes also sometimes call for dogs to increase the sensitivity factor. Trainers work closely with dogs to get them ready for the camera so that these canines can perform their roles on cue.
Of course, though these jobs might be special, every pet owner knows that dogs, regardless of their career, will always earn their keep through their special doggy form of love and loyalty to their owners. Next time you see your pooch, consider thanking them for their service!