Category Archives: Dogs With Jobs

How One Special Dog is Saving the Whales

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Tucker is an 8-year old black Lab mix and the world’s only canine marine biologist. Formerly a stray on the streets of Seattle, this special dog now spends his time sniffing out and tracking orca, also known as killer whales, off the coast of Washington. You see, Tucker is the only dog in the world…

Navy SEALS Dogs: Bulletproof,Waterproof, High-Tech

There’s no doubt about it, our Navy SEALS are heroes. But, did you know that many of the special operations and dangerous missions they complete might not be possible without the help of specially trained – and specially outfitted -  four-legged SEALS? Not only do these amazing pooches sniff out bombs, track human targets, and…

Is the Iditarod Safe for the Dogs?

Every winter since 1973, men and dogs face what has become known as “The Last Great Race,” the Iditarod, pronouced “Hi-dit-a-rod” from an Athabaskan Indian word meaning “a distant place.” Not only does the race live up to it’s name, as it is run on one of two desolate 1,000 plus mile trails between Anchorage…

Ready For Iditarod? Sound Like It with this Guide to Musher’s Lingo

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This Saturday, March 1, marked the official start date of the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® in Alaska. The exciting race officially started in Willow, Alaska, when the first musher crossed the start line, and ends with the last musher crossing the finish line in Nome about 12 days later. The nearly 1,000-mile sled…

Elvis: The 4-Legged Polar Bear Pregnancy Test

It’s no secret that dogs have amazing olfactories. From those trained in search and rescue, to sniffing out cancers, to detecting bed bugs, or simply just knowing you’ve got treats tucked somewhere in those grocery bags, the canine nose is something to marvel at. So, it’s no surprise that scientists, researchers, and trainers are finding…

Amazing Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Ovarian Cancer

Because of their incredible sense of smell, dogs have been trained for decades to detect certain scents that humans simply can’t without expensive gadgets and lots of time, like drugs hidden in cars and homes, survivors of natural disasters, bacteria growing in hospitals, even the subtle changes in humans before an epileptic or diabetic episode….

Canine Prisoner of War: Taliban Capture Military Working Dog

Afghani Taliban have released footage of what they claim is a military working dog captured from US Troops during a raid in eastern Afghanistan in December. In the video shown below, Taliban members brag that they fought off American troops and captured the dog, a Belgian Malinois they say is named Colonel, along with several…

The Real Trouble with Fake Service Dogs

The following guest post was written for The Dogington Post by Veteran Traveler Lon B. Hodge, an award winning poet, writer and activist for suicide prevention among Veterans and victims of trauma. He travels with his service dog Gander in support of awareness of the healing power of dogs. “To fake it is to stand…

Ask the Trainer: How Can My Dog Become Trained & Certified as a Therapy Dog?

Dear Kevin, I have an English Retriever Poodle named Raven, who is just under 2 years of age. She is so laid back and relaxed and I would like to see what it would take to make her a therapy dog. We are in Michigan and I am having problems finding information about it. Really…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Guide Dogs Edition

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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Copyright 1996 Jenine Stanley ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the kennels were still, with most dogs now asleep having eaten their fill. The Labradors sprawled out, quite snug in their beds, while visions of ANYTHING edible danced in their heads. And the Goldens and Shepherds curled up on the…

Passengers Rally Around Blind Man and Service Dog Kicked Off US Airways Flight

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When legally blind, Albert Rizzi boarded a U.S. Airways Express flight from Philadelphia to Long Island last night, he placed his service dog under the seat in front of him, as required by the airline. But, after passengers were forced to wait over an hour on the tarmac, Rizzi says his dog became restless and…

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