Working Dogs Need To Work!
According the American Kennel Club, there are 30 dogs that are considered “working breeds”. On their website, it says “dogs of the Working Group are bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, pulling sleds and performing water rescues…the Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky, and Great Dane are included in this Group, to name just a few.” You can see the rest of the list here.
Many dogs in the Working Group live at home with their owners, and may not have a job such as pulling sleds or retrieving hunting kills, as their lives are based on their owners’. However, dogs, and especially those working breeds, do benefit from having exercise and some type of “job”.
When we say “job”, it’s certainly not the same “job” we humans might imagine — I don’t expect my dog to run a register at a store or run a small business from the house. A job for a dog doesn’t even have to be the aforementioned traditional tasks…here in Orlando, we’d be stunned to see snow in the first place, let alone a dog pulling a sled in snow!
Our Orlando dog training addressed behavioral issues that the dog and owner may be experiencing, but we give more than that…we give structure and jobs for dogs! When you command your dog to come from a distance, or to remain focused on you when other people and dogs walk by, that’s giving your dog tasks to complete. With basic commands like “Sit” or “Down” may not seem like a big deal or like a real job for your dog, but it does stimulate them, maintains focus, and keeps them on task. Even though “Sit” can be a short-lived exercise, you can do drills with your dog, giving them something to be rewarded for, and something to stimulate and tire them out. In more advanced obedience training and behavior modification, dogs can be introduced to more challenging exercises such as recall, distance training, desensitization among distractions, and more.
If you have a dog that is a working breed, it is important to give them a job, even if it’s just consistent training exercises. This will alleviate and prevent any anxiety, and keep your dog happy, healthy, and well-behaved! Even if your dog is not in the Working Group, all dogs benefit from physical exercise and mental stimulation through training. Give your dog something productive to do, and not only will they be happy, you’ll be setting them up for behavioral success and eliminating opportunities for behavior problems!
Need a job for your dog? Not sure how to give them structure or consistent work? Call us and we can help! Our offices can be reached at 800-649-7297.