Celebrating dogs with jobs on Labor Day

Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. But not all workers are humans; dogs can have jobs too. Working dogs are often heroes who rescue those in need, provide support for the disabled, and assist in law enforcement. And think about it, working dogs do not receive paychecks; they work for praise, food, and love. Below are some of the notable jobs that employ our canine friends.

Military Working Dogs play an active role in searching for explosives, helping seize enemies, and patrolling military bases. There are approximately 2600 dogs employed by the US Military. A growing role is that of K-9 therapist, helping the military prevent and control the stresses of living in a combat zone.

Police K-9s support our law enforcement. Some of the roles that these dogs fill include enforcement (chasing or holding suspects), cadaver dogs, and tracking dogs.

Search and Rescue Dogs are often heroes in the aftermath of a disaster. Who could forget the images of the search and rescue dogs combing the ruble of 9/11? Search and rescue teams also help to find the child that has gotten lost in the woods or the elderly person that may have wandered away from home.

Therapy Dogs play a healing role in our society. Therapy dogs and their handlers provide much needed affection and comfort to those in the hospital, nursing homes, retirement homes, or wherever else they may be needed.

Service Dogs act as guides to the blind, taking his handler around obstacles. A hearing dog alerts his handler to sounds. A Seizure Alert/Response dog responds when his handler has a seizure, and a Mobility Assistance Dog acts as the arms and legs for a disabled person.

And finally let's not forget the role of faithful companion and best friend. Every day our dogs offer unconditional love and understanding. To many this may be the most important job of all.

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