Dogs need trained

GOOD PUPILS: Dogs can be trained to do many things.

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.

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    • Yanto

      15 August 2016 • 21:12

      We have just spent the most miserable weekend of our lives.
      After Nine years we recently move to a different part of the La Marina Urbanisation. During that time our dog was perfectly normal during festivals
      Throughout the whole four days of this most recent festival she has had to be sedated because inconsiderate people have been detonating explosives from around eight in the morning until as late as two the following morning. As a result she has as missed out on her regular walks and only time I feel she could be walked safely was at around six in the mornings. Normal fireworks have only a minor effect on our dog but some of the bangs we have been subjected to are so extreme these so called fireworks should only be handled by experts under controlled and supervised conditions.


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