Canines have long been called “man’s best friend,” and for good reason: they have been the trustworthy and loyal companions of humans for thousands of years. They offer comfort and support, they love to play, and they can also help out with a multitude of tasks. In fact, many dogs thrive on working, like those that are a part of the working class. No, they don’t wear suits, sit in rush hour traffic, and punch a clock; however, they do have very important jobs to do. For the most part, dogs of the working class (think Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, Boxer, Bernese Mountain Dog, Alaskan Malamute, and Saint Bernard) aren’t happy unless they are serving a purpose. Even dogs that aren’t a member of the working class are more fulfilled when they are tasked with a job.
Working helps dogs feel useful, it keeps them occupied, satisfies their innate instinct to serve and/or protect, keeps their minds active, and prevents them from getting into mischief and even depressed. Plus, dogs that have jobs to do are usually in better physical shape than their couch potato counterparts.
So, with all of that said, what type of jobs can give your dog? Here’s a look at some of the helpful ways that canines can serve you and their community.