A working dog is a canine animal, i.e., a type of dog that is not merely a pet but learns and performs tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions, or other dogs. In Australia and New Zealand, a working dog is one which has been trained to work livestock, irrespective of its breeding.
The Golden Retriever, besides being a great family pet, can be trained to a variety of serious jobs that help others.
Because of their even temperament and willingness to please, the Golden Retriever is easy to train and loves to perform many tasks.
Service dogs are working dogs that are trained to assist persons with disabilities.
Service dogs are incredible animals that give people the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. They assist people who would not be able to perform daily tasks that many take for granted.
A service dog is trained to behave well in all types of situations so they could accompany their handlers anywhere. The ADA has guidelines for the treatment of service dogs in public places.
Service dogs include guide dogs for the blind, mobility assistance dogs, seizure dogs and other medical assistance dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf.
Seizure Response Dogs
Seizure response dogs assist people who suffer from epileptic and non-epileptic seizures. These dogs will come to aid of their handler no matter what the issues.
Seizure alert dog and seizure response alert dog is a dog that naturally alerts to seizures. A seizure response dog is a dog that is trained to perform various behaviors in response to a seizure. Seizure alert dogs and seizure response dogs are not the same thing. A dog can be both a seizure alert and seizure response dog. Those dogs that do alert their owners or other caretakers do so naturally. A seizure response dog is a dog that is trained to perform various behaviors in response to a seizure.
These dogs should be calm, gentle and very well trained in basic obedience. They should not be aggressive or fearful.
Seizure response dogs are trained to do many tasks. Some are trained to bark when a seizure begins. Others are trained to lie down or stand next to their owner to catch their owner should he fall during a seizure. They can be trained to push alarm buttons or other pre-programmed devices to call for help.
They are also trained to pull wheelchairs and helping their owner up and walking after a seizure.
Many dogs will pick up dropped items, turn lights on and off, and open and close doors.
Seizure response dogs also serve as constant companions that provide love, companionship and support.
Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs
These dogs have to be trained and certified to be part of a medical patient’s therapeutic plan.
Therapy dogs give emotional support to sick or injured persons often visiting hospitals and nursing homes.
Therapy dogs must have the right temperament, well-socialized, well-trained and be non-fearful.
That is why Golden Retrievers make perfect Therapy Dogs.
Emotional Support Dogs
An emotional support dog is a dog that provides some benefit to an individual with a mental or emotional disability.
They do not require training and provide emotional or mental stability to their owners through their love and companionship.
You can qualify for an emotional support dog if you suffer from social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder or any other mental disorder.
All you need is a letter from a licensed mental health physician to get an emotional support dog.
The Golden Retriever is the number one breed as an emotional support dog. Golden Retrievers are well known for being energetic, loving, comforting and super social.
Search and Rescue Dogs
These highly trained dogs serve in many different fields and are a valuable component in wilderness tracking, specialized search, avalanche rescue, mass casualty events and in locating missing people. Search and rescue dogs have great agility and exceptional senses of smell and hearing.
These dogs are heroic animals that optimize their natural abilities to help distressed people. The skills of search and rescue dogs can mean the difference between life and death.
Golden Retriever – Hunting Dog
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieves shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds. The Golden Retriever has the ability to retrieve shot game undamaged due to their soft mouth. They have an instinctive love of water, are easy to train to basic obedience standards.
Retrieving birds to is fun for them but retrieving with their owner is priceless. They are methodical and have great drive and great enthusiasm as well as great bird sense. Golden Retrievers think before they run and they tend to take that most efficient route to a bird and back. They have an incredible nose and they have a desire to please and be praised for a job well done. They love to retrieve and are very efficient hunters.
The Versatile Golden Retriever
Beside being a great family pet, the Golden Retriever can perform many different tasks. Owning one of these wonderful dogs is an experience you will never forget.
They are smart, loving, gentle, playful and well tempered.
They also can be emotional support dogs, service dogs, seizure response dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs and hunting dogs.
The Golden Retriever is an amazing dog.