Animals in the Workforce: These 9 Skilled Creatures Have Jobs

Labor Day is just around the corner. As we all know, this day was set aside to recognize the contribution of American workers.

While humans make up the bulk of the workforce, they aren’t the only ones who have jobs. Animals can be trained to work alongside humans.

Animals have sharper senses than humans, be it hearing, seeing or smelling. We recruit these creatures to amplify our abilities in the ways we fall short.

Horse Power

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Ages ago long-distance travel was made easier with the help of animals. Camels, donkeys, and, of course, horses carried humans on their backs or drove carts and carriages.

While horseback riding has become more of a tradition or recreational activity in modern times, horses are still used for police transportation.

From automobiles to motorcycles, and even helicopters a police force has access to all kinds of transportation. Horses don’t typically travel as fast as a car and they can’t fly as high as a helicopter, but they can provide officers a specific vantage point.

Mounted police can move through crowds with ease and be able to get a view where they can see the activities of a dense group of people.

It’s kind of funny that cars replaced horses, but riding horseback is a select alternative to the use of police cars and motorcycles.

Paws on Patrol

We better not leave the dogs out! They help the police too.

Police officers go through a rigorous screening and training process. They are prepared for a wide range of situations.

Sometimes their training just isn’t enough to do their jobs in the area of finding things and people. Human cops just don’t have the right nose for it.

On the criminal side of things, they will search for suspects or drugs. In emergencies, they can locate a missing person.

These select breeds are ideal for police work:

When the police need backup, their K9s are there.

Ratting Out Bombs

Dogs have some competition when it comes to the power of a nose.

Landmines are weapons of war that unfortunately are extremely dangerous to civilians. Long after a war is over, they are still dangerous to those who roam about the lands.

They are designed for destruction and can easily maim, kill, and otherwise injure innocent people.

Sniffer rats help find specific landmine locations. These giant rodent creatures save human lives. Giant pouch rats locate active mines with their noses but are too light to set them off.

Another way rats can provide life-saving advanced warning is their ability to detect deadly illnesses like cancer.

Dogs on Duty

Being disabled presents a variety of challenges. Dogs are ideal for helping those with these challenges get through daily life.

Choice breeds for this special role are Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers.

Here are the ways service dogs help those who need special assistance:

  • Guides for the visually impaired
  • Alert the deaf to sounds that warrant a response
  • Help those who use wheelchairs
  • Aid those with balance issues
  • Companions for those with autism
  • Serve as a messenger for those who are at-risk for emergency response (seizures, diabetes, psychiatric conditions.)

Reminder: while Labs and Goldens are extremely pleasant to touch, please refrain from petting them. They must be distraction-free while on duty.

Personal Assistant Primates

Like dogs, monkeys are extremely intelligent and can be trained to help those with disabilities.

While assistance animals such as dogs are amazingly dutiful, they lack the fine motor skills that are needed to do human-designed tasks.

Capuchin monkies are trained by the Monkey Helpers organization to complete tasks for those who have limited mobility. These monkies are paired with those in need free of charge.

These small primates have the ideal dexterity to do things around the house for those who are wheelchair-bound or otherwise disabled.

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Military Marine Life

Another of natures most intelligent creatures is the mammalian dolphin.

The military has found a way to employ marine life to work for them underwater.

Whales, dolphins, and seals can be utilized as maritime guards and may attack intruders. They can also assist divers.

Marine life can find targets, mines, and lost equipment.

Dolphins, in particular, have sonar hearing that can still detect motion amid noisy environments. This makes them the ideal scouts.

Even the best military divers cannot do what marine life does naturally.

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Dogs Make the Best Hunting Assistants

Dogs are hard-wired to be hunters.

Sighthounds will seek out hidden prey. Gun dogs will fetch the hunters’ foul. Terriers take the place of firearms and archery by killing the animals themselves.

While it’s not really necessary to hunt with dogs, some hunters insist on carrying on this tradition.

Pigeons That Deliver

Not long ago, the story got around that Amazon was planning to deliver packages with drones.

Carrier pigeons are the original drones. They were used to deliver messages during wars.

Watch this video about a shoe business that used pigeons to make deliveries:

Read More: All Creatures Great and Small, Pet Sitters Care for Them All

Professional Cuddlers

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You’ve probably heard of therapy dogs and horses. Even cats can be therapeutic to pet.

Have you heard of therapy rabbits though? Rabbits provide the same kind of emotional support as other animals in this class.

Read here about why rabbits make good therapy animals: https://esadoctors.com/8-reasons-getting-emotional-support-rabbit/

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Brave a Heat Wave: Your Guide to Keep a Dog Cool on Hot Days

Hot dog! It’s already summer.

It’s second nature for us to wear lighter clothing, spend less time outdoors, drink more water, use more ice, and gravitate toward water activities.

We even keep cool without even thinking about it. Our bodies are furless and we sweat.

But our animals sometimes need a little help to stay comfortable during peak temperature days.

When we start to feel the heat in our own bodies, you can bet our dogs are feeling it too.

When is it Too Hot for a Dog?

If you put a coat on outside during a 90-degree day, how comfortable do you think you would be? What if you put on two more coats? You’d be cooking.

While most of us can go outside or even sit in the car on a 75-degree day and be okay, dogs have a coat they can’t just slip off to be more comfortable.

A dog with a thick coat can start to get hot with temps as low as 70 degrees and it becomes lethal for them at 85 degrees.

Dogs with lighter coats will start to heat up at 75 degrees and the danger zone threshold starts at about 90 degrees.

Puppies, elderly and/or obese dogs are even more vulnerable to heat.

Here’s a handy guide on temperature ranges.

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It’s risky to keep your dogs in the car on hot days, even for a short time and even with the windows cracked.

If you can’t leave your dog in the car with the AC running, then take them home.

Signs That Your Dog is Overheated

Dogs are able to cool themselves off by sweating through their paw pads, panting, and instinctively seeking cool places to lie down like under a tree or on a cool floor.

Animals are not always able to sufficiently cool themselves down.

It’s up to humans to monitor their pets for signs of discomfort and distress.

Here are the indications that your dog is getting to be too hot:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glazed eyes
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody & loose stools
  • Bright or dark red tongue/gums
  • Staggering
  • Weakness or collapsing
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Seizure
  • Abnormally excessive drooling
  • Unconsiousness

If you start to see signs that the heat is starting to get to your dog, there are things you can do to help keep him cool.

Removing a Dog’s Hair: Shaving vs. Undercoat Removal

Those of us with long hair will sometimes put hair back in an elastic, cut it short or shave it all off to be more comfortable during the hot months.

While we get a choice, our dogs don’t. You should understand your long-haired dog’s fur composition before deciding on hair removal.

While it may seem that buzzing it all off is a straightforward way to deal with a dog’s oppressive coat, sometimes it can be a bad idea!

For example, a Pyrenees’ overcoat being left intact will help the animal stay cool as the air flow reaches the skin to cool while the hair acts as a sunscreen. We interviewed Deb, a Pyrenees owner and she says that removing the undercoat is the best thing for Jesse.

You can follow Jesse’s adventures on Deb’s Facebook Page, The Travelling Pyr!

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Jesse found some shade and is keeping cool!

 

Sometimes shaving an animal will cause the hair to grow back thicker and make it hard to manage in the future. This could end up making it even more uncomfortable for your dog.

It’s important to understand the breed of the animal before you break out the clippers and give a buzz cut.

Here’s one resource to determine if your dog’s breed has an undercoat.

Also, keep in mind that some animals will shed their excess hair naturally. For example, a dog with a medium coat will be alright with just a good brushing to help clear out the hair that his body is naturally getting rid of.

Using an undercoat rake can pick up where a regular brush leaves off.

Be mindful of your animal’s grooming needs for the summer months.

Reminder for Dog Walking During the Hot Months

“It’s so hot outside, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk,” is what they say.

To protect your dog’s pads from damage and injury, you may need to make adjustments to your walk routine.

One way to do this is by simply opting for early morning walks. The asphalt will have had plenty of time to cool off overnight. It would be more comfortable for a human as well.

Limiting the path to a grassy area is another way to avoid pad burns.

If neither of the above adjustments can be made, there are products you can put on your pup’s paws to protect their pads. Chewy has several options in stock.

Some dogs are silent about their pain, so you don’t want the walk to end in a horrific discovery that your dog’s paws are burned.

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Food, Water and Your Freezer: More Solutions to Keep Your Dog Cool

Let’s start off with some basic reminders.

  • Keep the air conditioner or fans on when you leave your pets at home.
  • Provide ample shade for animals left outdoors.
  • Make sure your dogs have plenty of water.
  • For outdoor dogs, keep drinking water out of the sunlight.

There are water troughs for purchase that will auto-refill with a hose.

You might try products designed to keep water cool for your dog.

For your water-loving dogs, you can keep a small pool or an automatic sprinkler on.

There are a few frosty ways to beat the heat. One idea is to freeze your dog’s favorite rubber toys in a block of ice. This will have them licking at the ice to retrieve their toys.

“Pupsicles” have gotten a lot of buzz. Hit up Pinterest for Pupsicle recipes and ideas!

You might try sharing your chilled watermelon with your dog.

The ways we keep our dogs cool are not that different from how we keep ourselves cool.

Ways to Cool Your Dog Down

There are cool pads with water pockets that can help cool your dog down quickly. Some pads can be kept in the fridge on standby to provide relief to an overheated animal.

Another way to offer a quick cooldown is to drench a towel in cold water and wrap it around your dog.

If your attempts to recover an overheated and dehydrated dog don’t seem to make enough of an improvement, a trip to the vet may be in order. Call your vet with any concerns you might have.

Heatwaves are a reality this time of year, so it’s important to be proactive to stay ahead of dehydration and overheating. Our pet’s comfort matters just as much as our own. Stay cool!

Recap of How to Keep Your Dog Cool During the Summer:

  • Keep an eye out for signs of overheating and dehydration in your dog.
  • Think twice before shaving your dog’s fur.
  • Provide plenty of shade and water.
  • Keep drinking water sources full and cool.
  • Leave the AC/fans on for indoor pets.
  • Protect their paws from hot asphalt and don’t go for walks during a heat advisory.(Go in the early morning instead.)
  • Have cooling pads or wet towels available for quick cooldowns.
  • Optional: water coolers, wading pools, “Pupsicles” and toys frozen in ice.