Looking at this photo you would agree that for a Border Collie she’s not doing a very good job at representing the breed.
As a working dog, the Border Collie has been bred with outstanding energy and athletic ability to endure a hard days work most commonly on a farm rounding up stock such as sheep.
Ben ‘The Dog Man’ Squires, one of the country’s top dog trainers, believes that many of the ‘problem’ animals he sees are simply working dogs without a job.
“Often, owners of non-working, working dogs come to me in despair with an animal they find hard to control. 9 times out of 10, the dog simply isn’t getting the exercise or mental challenge it needs, and resorts to entertaining itself by other means such as digging, escaping or barking”.
Ben owns another breed of working dog the German Shepherd, and says “As much as they love my family and protect my home, they are happiest when they are out on a job, either working as security dogs or coming out on a training job”.
More often than not, the most known and thought of working dogs are the Border Collie and the Australian Kelpie but in fact there are hundreds of different breeds of dogs, bred for all types of work, who are less known. Dogs such as the Jack Russell, Dachshund, Beagle, Alaskan Malamute, Cocker Spaniel, German Shepherd, Rottweiler etc were all bred for a specific task.
Here are a few ‘working’ dogs who spend their days doing a different type of work.
This is Aussie, a Labrador Retriever, who usually works in conjunction with his female sidekick of the same breed, Matilda. Both are much loved family pets but aside from this their job is to entertain and enlighten people of all ages, kids especially, with their amazing tricks and unique personalities.
Aussie and Matilda perform with Aussie Farm for Kids, a mobile animal farm which can be hired for events and birthday parties.
Meet beautiful Monty, the 10 year Golden Retriever, who plays a very important role as a full-time employee with the Diamond Dog Food & Bakery
His roles in the bakery include but are not limited to –
- Greeting customers
- Taste testing (very important) the amazing range of dog friendly treats and food
- Product selection for customers with his very own ‘Monty’s Favourites’
Monty also keeps busy by assisting with photo shoots, socialising with pals at the bakery and hosting parties!
He and mate Jimmy are often seen chilling out at the bakery!
Assistance Dogs train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to give freedom and independence to people with physical disabilities. These dogs are the hands and arms of their recipients performing everyday tasks that are difficult if not impossible to achieve like opening and closing doors, picking up dropped items, pressing the button at the traffic lights, alert barking and getting the phone if their recipient is in trouble and getting clothes out of the washing machine.
It takes two years and $26,000 to train an Assistance Dog but are placed with people in need free of charge.