I was scared of dogs all my life until last year. My friend had rescued a German shepherd and named her Sophie. It was amazing to witness the change Sophie had brought in their lives. My friend's twelve-year daughter Ashna had been a victim of bullying at school and was just on the verge of slipping into depression when Sophie arrived.
The solace and comfort Ashna found in Sophie was unbelievable. I had always heard about therapy dogs, but this was the first instance when I could witness one.
Dogs have been depicted as man's best friend and are known for their loyalty since ages. A dog's natural instinct is to guard and protect. They are extremely good at learning and thereby do things which even we humans cannot do with comparable dedication.
Read through to know how dogs can be much more than pets. I wish we humans could also keep up with the fact of serving others just as they do.
Yes, dogs do take a lead.
Guide dogs are trained to assist blind people. They help the visually impaired to move safely around obstacles. They are taught to disobey unsafe commands and have charming etiquettes which they display while taking public transportation. Guide dogs demonstrate a temperament that makes them eager to please.
They are well skilled at staying focused and avoid reacting to distractions.
Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Known for their intelligence and steady, friendly nature, make excellent guide dogs.
Hearing dogs, at home alert the owner about household noises like the whistling of a cooker or entering of a stranger. They warn the owner by leading him or her to the source of the sound irrespective of the degree of severity.
Hearing dogs provide their deaf owners with a degree of freedom and independence they wouldn't otherwise have. Out in public, the deaf learn to pay attention to the reactions of their dog and take their cues from him. If the dog stops suddenly or turns to look at something, his owner is prompted to do the same.
Best breeds for this purpose are Cocker Spaniel, Labrador, Miniature Poodle and Mixed breed Cockapoo.
Mobility assistance dogs are trained to help physically challenged people. They support the owner in tasks such as carrying and pick up objects, pulling wheelchairs, opening doors, retrieving cordless phones and performing daily works on similar lines. Dogs placed with owners who require wheelchairs are often taught to help pull the chair up a ramp if necessary.
The training process of an assistance dog can take a year or longer.
Most common breeds for this job are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles and German Shepherd. Dogs.
Therapy dogs as the name suggests, are trained to provide comfort, affection and help in improving the well being of the user. Particularly famous for autistic kids and rehabilitation centers, they prove to be tremendous support for the families they live with. The innate temperament of a dog of gauging the mood of the owner by looking at his eyes, adds value to the purpose of providing therapeutic care.
When in today's world, half of the depression vanishes if we have someone to speak out to, therapy dogs are there to help. They might just lie down and give an ear to all your reticent issues.
Yes, it works. A complete stress buster.
Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Greyhound, and Pugs are considered to be the best for therapy.
A diabetic patient typically experiences symptoms like stomach cramping, nausea, dizziness, and even seizures, when their blood sugar level drops (hypoglycemic unawareness).
Diabetes service dogs are taught to recognize such symptoms and alert their owners in time to avoid a medical emergency. These specially trained dogs are often able to help people with type 1 diabetes return to a normal, active life.
Golden retrievers, Labradors, Poodles and Mixed sporting breeds are the most common choice for the purpose.
A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical convulsion, minor physical signs, thought disturbances, or a combination of symptoms.
Seizure alert dogs are trained to sense the change and alert the owner with predefined signals and gestures well in time.
Yes, they are born with that sixth sense.
Beagle, Rottweiler, and Bloodhound are the best ones for this genre.
Mental health assistance dogs serve people with psychiatric disorders like acute anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia to name a few.
They help their owners both at home and in public places. They perform tasks like giving reminders for medication, act as an alarm and cope with emotional overload. They are trained so well; they even go to the extent of creating a physical barrier to guard their owner.
Standard Poodle, Labrador Retriever, Havanese, Miniature Schnauzer are few of the top choices.
'Dogs have been officially serving as four-legged soldiers in the United States military since World War I.'
Besides working as a typical service dog, catering to the military territory primarily; and serving army veterans they are trained in explosive and narcotics detection, search and rescue, scout and patrol too.
Typical traits of a military dog include an acute sense of smell, hearing, and vision, aggressiveness, and motivation to please.
The top choices are Affenpinscher, Beagle, Bloodhound and Caucasian Shepherd Dog.
Oh yes, you read it right.
We are all aware of the fantastic sniffing ability of dogs. To add to it, research says, the olfactory abilities of the canines spot the smell of perpetual cancers as well. This can be done by smelling the breath or the urine samples. These dogs are trained in similar ways just as they are to discover explosives or bombs.
Canines are multi-talented for sure.
The best smellers are Coonhound, English Springer Spaniel, and Belgian Malinois.
Herding dogs work with various types of livestock, such as sheep and cattle. They are rugged and easy to train and make up for excellent watchdogs.
However, not all herding breeds are naturally expert herders. Some can have their skills honed with training, while others are better suited to lives as companion dogs.
Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog, Belgian Malinois, Cardigan Welsh corgi are few examples.
I adore these multifaceted creatures. How about you?
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