12 Facts Which Prove Dogs Are Much More Than pets

We’ve come to see dogs in many roles. Dogs are not just man’s best friend in spirit, but in a very real way. From guiding the helpless, to detecting criminal activity to aiding in mental health, dogs can do it all. Did you know that dogs are the most useful animal in the society, and in some sectors, they are indispensable. They are not just best pets but also the most intelligent domestic animal. Here’s looking at what dogs do for us and the society.

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1Military dogs

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Did you know dogs have been helping the military for decades now? They not only serve the armies, but help in training, checking grounds, detecting a sensitive narcotics field. Dogs have been working with the military since World War 1, and have proved their mettle as fighters. Dogs are usually used for detection of enemy cantonments, and smelling danger. They are also used to train soldiers. And of course, they also help in dangerous rescue missions, and save lives.

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2Guide dogs for the blind

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Guide dogs are one of the wisest and the most compassionate of animals. They don’t just help visually impaired people to get around but aide them in doing chores, and make their lives easier. Guide dogs are obviously trained specifically to understand and respond to people who can’t see. They make sure their master is always careful where he/she is going, or what they are eating or picking up. Guide dogs are trained to be very patient, as a result of which you will never see a guide dog get aggravated or annoyed at its master. They only follow a certain chain of commands and always put the safety of their master first.

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3Sniffer dog

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As sniffer dog or a bomb detection dog performs the most dangerous tasks. A detection dog are trained to use their senses for detecting bombs, other explosives and narcotics. Usually the Belgian Malinois are used as detection dogs. They are trained by the police and are also groomed by them. Very few people realize that these dogs put their lives at risk almost everyday, and are heroes.

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4Mobility service dogs

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Usually when a service dog is trained to help out a handicapped person, they are called mobility assistance dogs, or mobile assistants. They are different and better trained than guide dogs, as they need to cater to the most helpless of people to get around and live their lives. They assist their masters in walking, running, picking up stuff, or even drive. Some mobility dogs even help their master with their walkers, wheelchairs or with their childrens’ prams.

5Therapy dogs

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Dogs have been scientifically proven to be the liveliest of creatures and also the smartest. Therapy dogs are a magnificent gift to people who suffer from depression, dementia or even regular anxiety. Sometimes, mental experts and doctors prescribe their patients to spend more and more time with therapy dogs. These dogs are trained to be around people and improve their mental health. Some rehab centres use therapy dogs as a means of recovery and they have been medically proven to be the most affectionate companions.

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6Mental aides

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There are dogs which are trained to help and stay with the people with a mental disbalance, and they are referred to as mental aides, just aides or mental health assistants.  They cater to people who suffer from autism, depression, amnesia or other disorders. These dogs can calm the patients down, can help them communicate with others, take care of their needs and are often acutely perceptive about what their owners want. Retrievers, pugs and poodles are mostly used for these purposes.

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7Hearing dogs

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As the name suggests, hearing dogs are used by deaf people to understand communicate better. As dogs have a heightened sense of listening, they are marvellous guides to those who have impaired listening. They not only keep trespassers or danger at bay, but also understand what their master wants but can’t express. Since, most deaf people are also mute, these dogs are obviously of fantastic assistance. Sometimes, they even teach their owners how to process signs or reactions, and often prompts them to do their daily chores.

8Water rescue dogs

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Newfoundlands are a very curious breed of canines, they don’t just love water but can also navigate it. This species is trained to be of rescue assistance in the water. In case of drowning, or in case somebody is in danger at sea or a river, these dogs will swim to the person and rescue them. Since, these dogs are usually large and service dogs are healthier than other dogs, they can actually pull up a human overboard a ship or a vessel.

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9Diabetic assistance dogs

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A patient suffering from severe diabetes, needs help with some physiological issues. They might experience dizziness, fever, nausea, and they might even lose consciousness at times. They are usually prescribed the companionship of an assistance dogs, who are especially trained to respond to such medical emergencies, and can even sense when it is about to occur.

10Cancer detection dogs

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Research suggests that dogs can actually smell potential tumours or cancers, before the symptoms arrive. Usually through urine samples, but these species are obviously a huge scientific breakthrough.

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11Cadaver detection dogs

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These dogs can smell human remains, even through water or a closed space. These dogs are extremely useful in crime scenes, potential crime scenes and in rescue. Usually after an earthquake or landslide, these dogs are led to the area of devastation from where they can sniff out corpses.

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12Herding dogs

Herding dogs usually work in animal husbandry, as they help their masters to keep their farm animals and livestock. They also double up as watchdogs and trainers, as they not only keep an eye on the animals but train them in responsiveness.

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