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Top 3 best jobs for dogs

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Tips for career-minded canines

If you find yourself coming home to a restless pup, you might want to consider finding Fido a job. Dogs were born to work and they thrive on the mental stimulation it provides. Just like us, our-four legged counterparts love the feeling of accomplishment and a job well done. While basic training may be enough work for some dogs, over-"pawchievers" should search the classifieds for job openings in these canine-approved fields.
Therapy dog at nursing home

Therapy dog

For dogs, bringing joy to others is in their genes. Most dogs, due to their gentle and loving disposition, are naturally fit to be therapy dogs. With therapy training, your pet could help create joy for the elderly or help heal psychic wounds for trauma victims. If your pup brings a smile to your face, let them spread the love by making a difference to those who need it most. Some training and certification courses may be required, so make sure you research organizations near you for specific requirements. Organizations like the Delta Society provide extensive information about therapy dogs and where to find a pet partner near you.

Job requirements:

  • At least one year old
  • Gets along with other canines
  • Calm and gentle characteristics
  • Obey their masters
  • Current on all vaccinations

Actor/model dog

Is your pet really, really, ridiculously adorable? If posing for the camera makes his tail wag, you might consider taking him for a walk – on the red carpet that is. A dog with the right charisma has the potential for a career in showbiz. While competition in Tinseltown is just as stiff for pets as it is for humans, making your pets' dreams come true is priceless. Start by making a puppy portfolio, complete with headshots and action shots of your pup. Contact pet talent agencies like Hollywood Paws and Le Paws to help you get a leg up on the competition and sniff out potential gigs.

Job requirements:

  • Food- or toy-motivated
  • Calm temperament
  • Comfortable in crowds
  • Flexible schedule
  • Proper grooming and hygiene

Search-and-rescue dog

If your dog has a nose for action, a career in search and rescue may be a good fit. Committing to train your pet as a search-and-rescue dog requires ample time and patience but the rewards are endless. Not only will you and your furry friend help out your community, but extensive training means lots of quality bonding hours. Job duties include utilizing scent training to find people who are lost or missing, wilderness tracking and trailing, and responding in disaster situations.

Job requirements:

  • Excellent physical health
  • High levels of energy and endurance
  • Agreeable temperament
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Confidence
  • Works well with two- and four-legged counterparts

Watch: Moments with Baxter

Meet Baxter, the 19-year-old therapy dog.

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