There are quite a few differences between working dogs that protect their owners, companions for the disabled, therapy dogs that help people with mental illnesses or PTSD, and police dogs that track criminals. The article will also explore the importance of training your dog at home and the benefits of a “job” for particular pups.
There is a considerable demand for K9s, also known as protection dogs. Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT’s and other first responders need these highly trained dogs to help them do their jobs. They need protection as they go into dangerous areas full of hazards or in an environment where the person needs assistance.
K9s are also popular with people who have disabilities to live more independently and not worry about someone going home alone at night if there was an emergency. Therapy dogs provide comfort and stress relief to people who have mental illness or PTSD by just being there to listen when needed.
Working Dogs are usually attached to one person but may work with others depending on what the job requires, like search-and-rescue missions. K9’s are the most known type of working & protection dogs. They protect their owners, companions for the disabled, and in some cases to other people in need.
K9 Jobs: One of the most popular uses of K9s is for police dogs. These dogs help law enforcement do their job by tracking criminals and finding evidence. They’re used in various situations such as drug detection, bomb detection, tracking, cadaver or missing person recovery, obedience, and many more! They’re considered a valuable part of the team.
Physical Traits: All K9s require strong muscles, incredible stamina, and good health, but they each have different physical attributes depending on what the job requires, like being able to jump high or dig through rubble to find victims in need. Depending on how many tasks they need to perform, they may be muscular or lean, but they all have a strong bite.
Therapy Dogs: Another popular use of K9s is therapy dogs that provide comfort and help people with mental illnesses or PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). Living with a severe condition can make it difficult to cope with some days, but having this kind of dog nearby can improve these challenging times. Most people will not admit when they need help, so just by being there, this animal can help them feel better by reducing stress or anxiety in social situations.
Ability Levels: Protection Dogs must be alert and always ready for anything when needed, but at home, they can sit on your lap and enjoy life with you as your best friend. The training also helps build a dog’s confidence which makes them very protective of their handler.
Training: Training your dog doesn’t have to be a challenge if you know what to do, and it can be fun! The first thing is that they need adequate socialization with other pets in the neighborhood and people too. To do this, take them outside every day when they’re young and give them lots of positive attention from yourself, so they learn how to behave around others. It’s also crucial for K9s to get exercise because they need energy to perform their job.
The following list represents a sample of different types of protection dogs:
- German Shepherd – These are very intelligent dogs! They can be trained to perform various jobs like searching & rescuing people/animals in danger, detecting illegal drugs or bombs. The German Shepherd is still the most popular choice of Police Departments because of their loyalty and intelligence. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard about these loyal companions!
- Belgian Malinois – It’s not surprising that these dogs are very popular with security agencies and police departments because of their agility, strength, and ease of training. They are known for being very loyal, fast, and athletic, making them good candidates for search-and-rescue jobs, but they’re also used in police service because of their gentle demeanor. You might recognize this dog from the movie Taken!
- Rottweiler – This breed originated in Germany as a herding dog which carried over to their temperament. They are calm dogs at home but, when needed, can be aggressive and protect their handler. If you ever wonder why so many German Shepherds stay with their family after retirement, it’s because the Rottweiler takes over that job then becomes a part of the family too!
- Doberman Pinscher – This breed was bred to be a working dog, and they are still used widely today because of their loyalty, good health, and reasonable size. They are the most common choice for police work because they don’t mind the heat or cold, but it’s also common for them to become family pets after retirement.
- Other breeds that provide protection include Canine Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Tosa Inu, Spanish Mastiff, Antro de Piria.
There are other dogs that work as companions for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or service dogs for people with disabilities who require assistance. These dogs have not been trained in attack skills, but they can learn some defense moves.
Dogs were created to be man’s best friend and protector. That doesn’t just happen overnight; it takes training and socialization for dogs to grow into well-behaved members of the family. And while there are many types of protection dog breeds that offer different skillsets like hunting & rescuing or sniffing out explosives. They’re loyal, intelligent, easygoing when at home but fiercely protective in public settings as needed.
Like people, each dog has their own unique personality, and they’re all different from one another depending on the owner’s training skills. Some are more energetic than others, while some may be more laid back. Therapy dogs don’t need to have any special skills as long as they love to be around people and are calm enough not to aggravate a person who has PTSD, but it’s important that you pick a breed that can get along with other pets in the house if you already own one. It’s important to find a breed that fits your lifestyle so you can train them or have them taught by a professional with minimal challenges!