Canine Unemployment


Is there such a thing??? I mean really folks, canine unemployment? Yes, Yes, yes!  That’s what I say.  Our shelters are filled to the brims and dogs are being tossed aside like yesterday’s news.  It’s because the unemployment rate for dogs is too high!

Dogs are faithful companions, but what are we really doing for them???  We feed them, water them, and pat them on the head and if they are lucky they may get a walk for 15 min.  Now I am not saying that every dog in America is treated this way but a high percentage are and then these unexercised un-stimulated dogs start exhibiting behaviors that are not house or people friendly and off to the shelter they go.

Your dog needs a job, it is only fair, and after all you have one.  Our pets are crying out for something to do and its time owners started listening.

Each breed of dog has a history, where they came from, what they were used for etc.  If you tap into your dog’s history and give him his old job back or one that maybe mimics his old job you will see the canine version of extreme bliss.

The husky for instance loves to run and pull so teach him to do that!  Give him his old job back.  Teaching a dog to pull a lightweight sled is easier than you think and these sleds are available along with the proper pulling harnesses to the general public you just have to know where to look.  Pulling is just not for the Iditarod dogs your yellow lab can do it too and he will have a blast and so will you and the kids.  I know, I got strange looks when my yellow lab Beezer and I would tool around our subdivision on our small kick sled but what a wonderful way to share time with your best buddy.  Beezer would see the racing harness come out and he would start to scream with excitement just as if he was at the starting line of the Iditarod.   Think outside the box when it comes to exercise with your dog.  There is a huge world out there for dogs and their owners to find new and exciting jobs they can do together.   I challenge each and every one of you to get your dog’s old job back for him or her.  Experience the joy of something new and exciting you can do together. Let’s end CANINE UNEMPLOYMENT!


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Positively Expert: Amy Sandmann

Amy Sandmann is a VSPDT trainer in Monticello, Minnesota. As a lover of dogs and the outdoors, her mission is to get people re-connected with their pets through positive reinforcement training and exercise. She believes that every owner should focus on unconditional love of their dogs and create a solid human/animal bond.


14 thoughts on “Canine Unemployment

  1. Shirley McCauley

    I have a dog with bad arthritis, both hip and elbows. My vet discourages my dogs favorite activity---chasing a tennis ball. How can I exercise my dog without the walks which are very painful on her hips?

  2. Maria

    I've heard that swimming is great for dogs with such problems. Near where I live there is a hydro theropy pool opened for dogs and offers a controlled environment for this. I guess you could google search to see if there are any near you.

  3. Sara C

    I love the articles on things to do to supplement dogs exercise with brain stimulation! I live in an area where a lot of people have dogs and most of them are in apartments. These are all fun things they can on top of their walks to help make sure their dogs stay happy in such small places and with minimal distraction to the neighbors! I will definitely start these fun games with my dogs and pass them on to others as well! Thank you.

  4. Diana Betzing

    I have a pom x that I am having a time with. I am so close to giving her up. The one thing I want to say is: Shame on the human who gets a dog for breeding only. Or, Just to have one. All dogs need to be trained. These people who don't take the time or spend the money to train the dog should not be allowed a dog. When a person like me who wants a dog, not a puppy. Gets a dog who has not had any training at all. Only potty training. What do I do. I have tryed with her until I lose my temper and stop. She dose not listen to me. She gets into the garbage, cat pan, hunts for food on the floor, gets into our plates... The best is I can't turn her lose, She runs off. I have to tie her up in the car, She jumped out the door window. She barks and crys when I leave her in the car, And at home. Alot more I can say you get what I am saying. Something in me wants this dog. How can I do this........

  5. Brenda Haggai

    I use a bicycle tow leash on my Boxers. They love to run full out and I can't run that fast. The tow leash give the dog the ability to avoid obstacles in the road and still run or walk along side the bike. It also keeps them away from the bike so they can't knock it down or pull it down. I get hands free control and the dog gets great exercise. Of course, the dog has to be healthy enough for this type of exercising, so check with your vet. But it does keep them in a 'heel' position while still allowing them to run as fast as they want.
    As far as Diana's wee Pom goes....I'm not a dog trainer per say, but it sounds to me like everyone needs to calm down, step back and take a few deep breaths. Find a good trainer, be patient. It's never too late to train a dog. I know the feeling of frustration, though. I have 3 Boxers....2 of which are less than 2yrs old and are brother and sister. Double Trouble.

  6. Sue

    Hi I'm mimi I'm 11 years old and we just got a dog named franny. I love her but she can be bad. She is scared to be alone and she chews at everything! She is 8 months old.

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  8. Roger Barton

    Sue, your Franny is still a puppy, and your house is a new place to her, like the first day at school probably was for you. Get a book about crate training your dog... crate training works wonders, and the dog will think of a crate like her very own room, just the right size. Being in the crate while everyone's gone will make her feel secure, and keep her from chewing rugs and furniture until she's learned better manners. 8 months is also old enough to take Franny to basic obedience classes, which both you and she will enjoy a lot! I promise!

  9. teresa

    I have terriers, i really dont want to take them ratting or any other hunting kind of sport, as they were originally bred for, but they both love chasing a ball down the park, very energetic dogs that need lots of time off lead and having two was a great idea as they wear themselves out 🙂 terriers love to focus , on a ball or frisbee, fab dogs .

  10. teresa

    of course the first thing a pup should be trained to do is come back, so lots of playing games with treats as rewards so they return , once this focu on you the owner is established, terriers are fab dogs, they may be small but they are not lap dogs 9 well they are once they have had their exercise) i so agree with give a dog a job, but i could not go rabbiting with mine 🙁

  11. Cynthia

    My dogs do agility, flyball, obedience... I wish I could do herding, tracking, Nose Work, Earthdog... and many other things with them. They all have jobs, even the one whose job is to by my husband's hiking companion. I do agree, though, dogs love having a job. 🙂

  12. siobhan

    Agility is a great activity for many breeds of dogs. Not only do they get physcial activity, they also have to use their brains in many ways. The dog needs to think about its position, when to take off, when to land as well as where the owner/handler are and where they are they are directing the dog next. It is amazing fun for both dog and owner and helps keep you both fit and healthy. If you are looking for an extra activity for your dog I can highly recommend agility

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