My first day on the job at Bobbi Panter Pet Products (photobomb by Bebe)
Did you know that today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day? More and more work places are allowing employees to bring their dogs with them to the office, and not just for one day a year. When the Lady I rescued did contract work for Bobbi Panter I got to go to work with her and I loved it! But, now she works at home so every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day.
Because I’m with the Lady all the time at her “work” she decided to take a different view of this day by looking at dogs that have jobs. Before even adopting me she learned all about how dogs should have jobs. Dogs that have jobs that keep them busy won’t get into as much mischief as those that are at home all day alone and bored.
Every Dog Needs a Job
According to Cesar’s Way, all dogs need a job. It boosts their self-esteem, making them feel like they’re contributing to their family. We’re familiar with many dog jobs like guard dogs, service dogs, military dogs, search and rescue dogs, herding and police dogs. But those dog jobs all require lots of special training, not necessary for their home life. But, many of the dog jobs at home are similar to the ones that require training.
Let’s look at herding dogs. A herding dog brings to mind my much missed friend Zoe. Zoe was born to herd, but as a city dog, she didn’t have the opportunity to herd like she needed to. Luckily, she got lots of walks to the park where she found other ways to use her need to herd, by chasing squirrels, lawn mowers (not good) or just keeping several of us dog walkers in a group.
Taffy as a companion dog to the Lady’s mom
One job that’s not mentioned is a companion dog. Companion dogs have a very important job, being a companion to someone who needs the dog’s company and love. Taffy was a companion dog to the Lady’s mom. Having Taffy gave her something to take care of and a sense of being needed. When the Lady’s mom died, Taffy lost her job. At our house she’s not needed as a companion dog as much because I’m here. And that’s where a lot of the problems with Taffy come from. Taffy needs a new job, but what can she do?
Here’s some of the jobs that Taffy does at our house:
Potty Alert Dog: When I go to the back door and bark to go outside, Taffy runs and gets dog daddy Brad. She’s always done this, letting him know I need to go out. Doing that makes her feel like she’s needed.
Perimeter Reconnaissance: Taffy doesn’t miss a thing in our back yard. The second she’s let out she knows exactly where to look if a rabbit was there or not and then inspects the entire perimeter of the yard several times, nose down, tail wagging. She feels that this is very important to us, knowing what’s been in our back yard.
I keep the Lady safe by not letting other dogs get too close to her, even my best pal Marlena
Dog Jobs for Dolly
That leaves me, do you know what my job is? Dachshunds, bred for hunting badgers, love to dig. But there aren’t any badgers in our neighborhood. But that didn’t stop me from digging in the back yard looking for them. The Lady put an end to that covering the garden with rocks. Eventually I found my job, more than a companion dog, I’m the Lady’s protection. She always feels safe walking with me knowing that if someone tried to hurt her or even just grab her phone, she only has to give the word and I would attack. But, she has to keep me in check a lot around other people, which isn’t all that good, I’ll admit.
This whole blog post came about because the Lady recently experienced a guilt trip that maybe I need a better job or that I’m being under utilized. All because I recognized our car parked on the curb in front of our house, where it never is. Not only did I recognize the car, I had to sniff it down to see where she had been. Then I looked at her, then at the back door, where I always get in, signally I wanted to go for a ride in the car. But no, she said, we’re out for a walk only.
Back at the house she confessed to dog daddy Brad about feeling guilty, that maybe I’m not being challenged enough for how smart I am, maybe I’m not happy as just the Lady’s protection for my job. I’m seven years old now, not too old to learn new tricks, like nose work. But that’s expensive and too physically challenging for the Lady. I’ll keep reminding her just how smart I am and maybe she’ll come up with some more dog jobs for me. But for now I’m very happy as her companion and protection.
As you take your dog to work with you today, make sure they have a job to do too, okay?