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Employment of the German Shepherd Dog

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MILITARY DOGS
Military dogs undergo vigorous training and face hardships no other dog could ever imagine facing, and they do so with heart and passion.These dogs are carefully selected and have proven themselves to be exactly what the breed was meant to be.

Military dogs are expected to fulfill duties such as bomb detection, apprehension, scouting, acting as a deterrent and more. Military dogs work all day, in often extreme conditions, and are expected to be tireless, relentless and courageous on the job.


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SEARCH AND RESCUE
The German Shepherd dog makes a phenomenal search and rescue candidate, due to their driven and enthusiastic tracking ability and their excellent noses.

A search and rescue dog, especially emergency and disaster response teams, are incredible animals that require a very specific, stable working dog temperament and hardiness in order to work in such harsh and stressful conditions. While this is difficult work, it is unbelievably rewarding for handler and dog. Disaster response work can be very long, stressful events for dogs so strong nerves, high thresholds and relentless drive is important in search and rescue prospects.


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DETECTION DOGS: NARCOTICS, BOMB, ARSON, HUMAN REMAINS, ETC
Due to their fantastic noses and natural detection and tracking ability, the German Shepherd dog excels at detection work. These brave, driven dogs are often put in the line of danger to protect and rescue their human handlers.

Much like police and military dogs, they undergo extensive training for a very rewarding and important career. Narcotics, bomb and arson detection are not easily pursued due to law enforcement restrictions and lack of certified trainers. Human remain detection (HRD) and bed bug detection is more common and accessible to the public!


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PERSONAL PROTECTION DOGS
The German Shepherd dog is the perfect candidate for family or estate protection, having the drives, courage and family loyalty to make a fantastic protection dog for family and home.

Unlike in protection sports, dogs trained for personal protection are required to be more serious and intense in the work. Protection dogs are a combination of visual deterrent, threat control, and the ability to bite and fight when a true threat presents itself . Training for personal protection involves real world scenarios and training close to the location the dog will be required to protect.


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SERVICE DOGS
The German Shepherd is a loyal, intelligent breed of dog that is dedicated to its handler, loves to work, is easy to train and is very versatile. This incredible versatility means the German Shepherd dog can fulfill a wide variety of roles and do many different kinds of jobs for their handler. 

German Shepherds are great candidates for guide dogs, seizure alert dogs, mobility assistance and so much more. Stable temperament, strong nerves and the drive to work are important traits of a successful service dog.


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AIRPORT DOGS
The use of German Shepherds in airports across the world is becoming increasingly common. There are many different roles available for dogs to fulfill, such as detection work, acting as a deterrent, crowd control, criminal apprehension and even wildlife control. These dogs are notorious for working long, long hours and dealing with intense environmental stress and a chaotic working environment.


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THERAPY DOGS
A calm, stable, well mannered German Shepherd dog makes a wonderful Therapy Dog. Therapy dogs provide important support, joy and stress relief to many different types of people. Hospital patients, senior citizens, children with disabilities, children who need assistance reading and many more can benefit from a German Shepherd therapy dog.

Source: https://www.germanshepherdguide.com/work-sports-and-activities.html

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