DID you know that dogs are trained to:
1. Lead the Blind
2. Work with the gun
3. Carry work for disabled
4. Work for the police
5. Work with the Fire Service
6. Search for scent on water (for drugs and/or bodies)
7. Detect gas leaks
8. Passive drug search
9. Perform air sea and rescue work
10. Work with sheep
11. Search for explosives and firearms
12. Search for missing persons
13. Shop for the disabled
14. Perform avalanche rescue work
15. Perform various types of military training
16. Perform customs work, seeking out illegal food (in the US)
There are also dogs trained to search for the signs of dry rot in buildings.
Dogs are also trained to detect pregnancy, cancer cells, sleep apnoea, epilepsy, low or high blood sugar, prevent stereotypical behaviours in people with autism, get people with Parkinson’s walking again when they lock up, stabilise people prone to flashbacks or panic attacks from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and prevent self-mutilation bouts in psychiatric patients.
In Brisbane, one bug exterminator company uses dogs to detect termite infestations in houses. Dogs can also detect micro traces of any one of 19,000 explosives odours and alert to their presence.
Dear reader, whatever field of expertise you are in, be it house wife or rocket scientist, I’m sure you’d agree if you put someone without training into your job they would be near hopeless.
When you get a dog, you enter into an obligation to learn about it and learn how to train it. Dogs learn about life as they go, but need formal teaching to become useful members of our families.
A dog neglected is like a child neglected, they will put their intellect to destructive uses if we do not give them a proper framework to learn within. What excuse do you have not to train him?
Your only possible excuse is that you don’t know how to and that is totally within your control, it’s not the fault of your ‘dumb dog,’ it’s your responsibility.
If I ever hear a dog owner say their dog is untrainable I know which of the two is lacking in ability, and it’s not the dog.