These amazing ‘dogs with jobs’ are helping humans in incredible ways! 

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In myriad ways, dogs with jobs are helping humans. Piper, the dog who served as Michigan airport K9 officer, kept the runway clear of birds.

What is it about dogs, exactly, that keeps us enamored and enchanted?

Running right across our hearts with their tiny paw prints, dogs are our closest confidante and best friends!  These amazing animals, almost divine, have taken upon themselves to not only make us happy but also help and heal us in any way they can.

Their talent goes far beyond chasing tennis balls or fetching newspapers. Armed with their extraordinary sense of smell and the ability to be trained for the greater good, these dogs with jobs have carved out niche careers for themselves.

In surprisingly impressive ways, dogs are helping us run specialized chores that only they can do. From helping a special needs human to detecting bombs, they are doing it all.

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Dogs are the best in the world at what they do. Here are a few dogs with jobs who may make us reconsider our career priorities and inspire us to do something more meaningful!

1. Service dogs

Service dogs or Assistance dogs help their humans (with a disability, such as visual impairment, hearing impairment etc.) They’re trained to help with daily chores like – open and close doors, navigate busy areas such as airports, detect seizure alerts, and even give psychological help.

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Corrine, with her service dog Rory (trained to detect seizures) from the Netflix series ‘Dogs’.

The dogs who pass the training program are matched with humans in need of mobility assistance, seizure alerts, autism assistance, and hearing and guide help.

Read: Service doggo Harlow helps her human who suffers from chronic illnesses. 

2. Therapy dogs

Like Service dogs, therapy dogs also go through training, but they usually work on a volunteer basis to provide comfort and companionship for those in need — especially those suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Therapy dogs also make rounds in hospitalsairports, and schools.

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Childrens’ Hospital in Omaha has good boys like Sven to make the kids feel calm and safe.

3. Search and Rescue dogs

Dogs see the world through smells, a sense so evolved that they use it to save lives. Police and rescue teams across the world depend heavily on dog’s innate ability for the smell to drive search and rescue operations. Dogs use their unmatched hunting, scenting, and tracking abilities to rescue humans from avalanches, debris piles, fires, waters etc.

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Frida, the marine dog, rescued 14 humans from the Mexican earthquake rubble.
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Trakr, the Canadian police dog, was credited with locating the last survivor found beneath the 9/11 rubble.

He worked relentlessly searching for survivors the entire time, before collapsing from smoke inhalation, exhaustion, and burns and was treated for his injuries before returning to Canada.

SeeThe hero dogs of 9/11

4. Politicians!

Finally, we have a politician who is a good boy. Duke, the mayor of Cormorant, a tiny Minnesota town has been elected to the office – not once but thrice!

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Not all politicians are corrupt. Some are dogs. dog mayor

5. Helping keep the planet green! 

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Tubby, eco-friendly doggo!

Tubby, said to be the world’s greenest dog, after entering into the Guinness Book of Records for sniffing out 26,000 plastic bottles and carrying them for recycling.

6. Airport’s K-9 wildlife control officer. 

Piper, Michigan’s famous airport dog served for over three years scaring more than 8000 birds off the runway and thus saving fatal flight collisions with birds and other wildlife.

Piper airport dog

7. Drug Detection dogs

When it comes to the war on drugs, where the best of scanners fail, dogs prevail. The sniffer dogs are at the fore when it comes to busting drug dealers and keeping the society safe.

See also: The hero dog who discovered drugs in his backyard

Colombia drug sniffer dog

Sombra sniffed out 5.3 tonnes of cocaine and recently found another four tonnes stashed in car parts meant for export. She has taken part in more than 300 operations with the counter-narcotics police.

In July 2018, Colombia’s top sniffer dog Sombra (Shadow) was moved to ensure her safety after a drug gang put a price on her head. She found almost 10 tonnes of the gang’s cocaine and helped bring about the arrest of 245 suspects!

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Sombra works for anti-narcotics police squad and has helped recover millions of dollars in illegal drugs.

Sadly, her exploits have put her on the radar of Urabeños mafia, who have put a 200 million pesos ($70,000) bounty on her. Amid concerns of her safety, she was moved to a relatively secure location – Bogota’s El Dorado airport where this good girl continues her detection work.

8. Firefighter dog 

Jake, the pit bull, was abandoned in a house fire. Now he works with firefighters. In his free time, he also collects donations for Carolina Children’s Charity.

Such a good boy!

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9. Lifeguard dogs 

Many beaches and coastguard associations across the world are deploying the services of dogs to help rescue drowning humans. K9 lifeguards who work with the Italian Coast Guard, are believed to save about 3,000 people every year.

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These dogs go through 18 months of intense training that includes jumping from boats and helicopters.

Also see: Hero Dog Who saved 9 Humans From Drowning

10. Dogs helping kids in court

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Courtroom dogs helping kids to testify against their abusers in the courtroom.

11. Diabetic alert dogs 

When blood sugar levels change, the human body releases chemicals that dogs can smell. Diabetic-alert dogs are trained to smell when their partner’s blood sugar level is dangerously off and to let them know that action is needed to get those levels back in the safe zone.

Similarly, allergy detection dogs can be trained to sniff out allergens to their humans like peanuts, milk, soy, latex, or other substances.

12. Medical aid dogs 

Long before dogs took on the fight against the terrorists, they searched battlefields for wounded soldiers delivering medical supplies.

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Red Cross dogs during World War I
13. Herding dogs

Herding dog breeds like sheepdogs and collies keep cattle and poultry safe from predators like foxes and wolves. With proper training, they can even adapt to giving protection to other species.

Oddball’, the dog, saved an entire colony of fairy penguins from fox attacks in Warrnambool, Australia. The penguin conservation project led by dogs continues to this day and has been credited with saving thousands of little penguin’s lives.

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Penguin protector dogs of Australia.
14. Actor

From the days of silent cinema to the era of Netflix, dogs have had your entertainment fixed. There have been some phenomenal dog actors whose lasting impressions have been monumental in the movie world. This has even led to dedicated awards like Palm Dog which celebrates them.

Uggie, the ace canine actor, co-starred in the Oscar-winning film ‘The Artist’ and his fandom grew so strong that there was an internet campaign to give him an Oscar!

15. Philanthropist
Manny dog philanthropy

Manny, the internet-famous French bulldog, raises money for charities like the ASCPA, the Special Olympics, UNICEF, and various animal rescue groups.

The 2019 Vancouver Police Dogs Calendar features the dogs of the police department posing for pictures around Vancouver. All the proceeds from the sales raised money for Cancer Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

16. Bodyguard dogs

The president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins dogs’ Bród and Síoda (Pride and Silk) welcome guests, bond with children and even attend official events. The ‘first dogs’ are very popular, and many groups who come to visit Aras an Uachtarain don’t leave until they see them.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry meeting the first dogs of Ireland.
17. Anti-poaching dogs

Dogs are being used in South Africa to help ensure the survival of the wildlife including its rhino which has been severely impacted by wildlife crime. South Africa holds nearly 80 per cent of the world’s rhino but over the past decade over 8,000 rhino have been lost to poaching.

Now a pack of dogs is tracking and thwarting poacher operations.

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A pack of dogs that trained to protect wildlife have already saved 45 rhinos from poachers in South Africa. (Image: Sean Viljoen)

This pack of dogs varies in breeds and had training till they began work as 18 months-olds at the Southern African Wildlife College in Greater Kruger National Park. The success rate of patrol teams using dogs is 68% as compared to 3-5% for teams with no canine-capacity.

Looking for a job change? Check out these amazing dog-friendly offices.

Play or work, no man or machine, can quite frankly, outrun dogs for what they bring to the table. Try topping that on your LinkedIn profile! Over to you, have you come across dogs donning other career paths? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Published by Abhishek Joshi

The man who was Peter Pan — aka 'Dog With Blog'. Raconteur, Reader, Backpacker... If I were an element, I'd be radioactive.

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  1. This is why I absolutely love dogs! They are so much more than just animals and I cannot imagine a life without my Thor and Loki. Thanky very much for the article, love it!

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