A Journey Through Various Types of Service Dogs
I’m a Dog Handler Coach who started my dog training journey in 2010. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot, but it feels like I’m just scratching the surface of what I can learn from these incredible animals.
Today, let’s explore the unlimited potential of service dogs. Historically, dogs were bred for specific tasks like guarding, hunting, or herding. Nowadays, as our needs change, dogs serve as companions and emotional support providers. However, it’s essential to remember that dogs can’t replace human companionship and support.
The Treasure Chest of Service Dogs
I like to think of the term “Service Dog” as a treasure chest filled with various valuable items. Let’s take a look at the types of service dogs I’ve trained, keeping in mind this is not an exhaustive list:
- K9 Security Dogs (2010): Trained for crowd control, these dogs served as deterrents during violent riots in South Africa.
- Anti-poaching Dogs (2015): These dogs help deter and catch illegal poachers to protect endangered species.
- Detection Dogs (2018): Mostly used in law enforcement, they excel at finding specific items or substances.
- Search and Rescue Dogs (2018): These dogs assist in finding missing persons or helping during natural disasters.
- Assistance Dogs (2019): Task-trained to help people with disabilities, they provide invaluable support.
- Therapy Dogs (2019): Utilized in various settings, they offer comfort and support to those in need.
Our limitations lie in our imagination, time, money, passion, and country legislation. Dogs are limited by their genetics, which helps predict their physical appearance, health concerns, and drives.
In the next post, we’ll discuss “What is an Assistant Dog?” in more detail.