Working dog

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Working dogs are dogs that are used (used) for very specific activities. They are among the working dogs . The term “working dog” is used in different contexts in the dog industry.

Areas of application

Working dogs are used, for example, in hunting , in disasters , in the police force , for the detection of narcotic drugs or in search and rescue work after avalanche accidents . For the various areas of application, they have to meet specific requirements, for example with regard to their physique (strength, size, agility), their nature (strong drive or stimulus-resistant) and their training.

The required character and physical properties are based on the dog's intended use. The most important common characteristics, however, are the pronounced willingness to learn and, for almost all areas, unconditional obedience. Socialization as early as possible is to be aimed for in any case.

For hunting dogs there are so-called usability tests or comparable tests, the passing of which is recognized as proof of usability. In order to lease a hunting area, the availability of a usable dog must be proven to the responsible hunting authority .

Dog sports and breeding

Dogs that have passed a working dog test are called working dogs. The term is also used generally for a dog that belongs to a recognized working dog breed. The term working dog is broader here, because it includes all breeds with a working trial, for example also the herd dogs .

Not all working dog breeds count as service dog breeds .

In the Association for the German Dog System , breeding and dog sport clubs have come together to form a working group of breeding clubs (of working dog breeds) and working dog associations (AZG).

See also

Portal: Dog  - Overview of Wikipedia content on the subject of dogs

Web links

Commons : Working dog  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. FCI regulations for the CACITR at international tests for herd dogs from January 1, 2018