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A working dog is a canine working animal, i.e., a dog that performs tasks to assist its human companions.
There are dogs that have been bred to be working dogs, but there are groups of breeds that can be trained and are appropriate for particular tasks. For instance Labradors as guide dogs, or German Shepard as police dogs. Working dogs on farms come from a number of different breeds that are trained to work livestock.
These help people with various disabilities in everyday tasks.
Some examples of these dogs include guide dogs, mobility dogs and hearing dogs.
Rescue dogs assist people who are in difficult situations, such as in the water after a boat disaster, lost in the wilderness, escaped from nursing homes, covered in snow avalanches, buried under collapsed buildings, etc.
These are invaluable to sheep and cattle farms for mustering. Different breeds are used for the different jobs involved in stock work and for guarding the animals. A well-trained dog can adapt to control any sort of domestic and many wild animals.
These include police, military, detector and quarantine, customs and aviation security dogs. These dogs cover a broad range of duties, from tracking possible criminals to detecting illegal substances.
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Last updated on Wednesday 24 May 2017