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All About Working Dogs

A dog’s purpose can expand beyond love and snuggles, and, for some, they have an important 9-to-5.


Our furry friends enrich our lives — they are our constant companions in life and follow us to the trails, and curl up next to us on the couch. Dogs love to be where the people are, and, for some breeds, they have serious jobs to do.


Dogs have natural abilities that can aid humans in our everyday lives and they get a sense of pride and accomplishment when they lend a helping paw. Working dogs, however, can undergo intense training and their full lives working may leave them subject to injury. Years and years of work may present as an ACL injury that requires care.


At MuttKnee, we craft knee braces for working dogs, so not only can they heal faster but get back to doing the job they love so much. Join us in today’s post as we explore all the jobs dog’s have and how MuttKnee can help can keep them happy, healthy, while improving their quality of life!

Police Dogs


Working dogs that assist law enforcement are called K-9s and help protect and serve police officers in the line of duty. These dogs are trained to chase down suspects who run from the police and act as substance detectors to sniff out things such as drugs. K-9s can also perform in search and rescue where they search through debris after a natural disaster or seek to locate a lost hiker or person buried in an avalanche.


Typical breeds of police dogs include:


  • German Shepherds
  • Bloodhounds
  • Labrador Retrievers


Both German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are prone to ACL knee issues, so it’s important for their handlers and owners to keep a keen eye out for ACL damage. MuttKnee is a great option to act as a large dog knee brace should this impairment occur.


Military Dogs


Military dogs are very similar to working police dogs in that they assist military service people with their assigned operations. These dogs act as detectors, scouts, trackers, search and rescue, and guards.  


The most common breeds include:

  • German Shepherds
  • Belgian Malinois


It’s important to point out that because both police and military dogs are put in dangerous and extreme situations, they may be more prone to accidents that result in knee injuries.


Herding Dogs


These type of working dogs spend their days out on the open land of farms and ranches, corralling different livestock. This is a very specific breed of dog that has the innate ability and drive to herd animals.


Herding breeds include:


  • Australian Shepherd
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Welsh Sheepdog
  • Collie


Service Dogs


Service dogs are working dogs that provide assistance to those with disabilities. The ADA has specific guidelines for the service dogs, and they are allowed to accompany their owners in all situations and places of business.


Service dogs assist in the following people:


  • Visually impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Medical (those with seizures or diabetes)
  • Limb paralysis (wheelchair bound)


Common breeds of service dogs include:


Retrievers (Labrador and Golden), Standard Poodle, and German Shepherd.


Therapy Dogs


Therapy dogs are the friendly faces you see when you go in for therapy or the ones you see roaming the halls of a school, nursing home, hospital, or airport. They’re used as a form of emotional support to people to bring down stress and anxiety levels.


A therapy dog can be any breed, but they need to be very well-behaved with a temperament that is calm and soothing, and also not fearful and well-socialized.


Working dogs don’t spend their days basking in the sun or chasing squirrels, they are put to work, often to assist and protect us. They crawl into small spaces in search and rescue and sacrifice themselves by chasing down suspected criminals to keep our streets safe.


Working dogs need our protection, too! Many of the working dogs we’ve talked about today are prone to ACL injuries. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms and address the injury as soon as possible.  


At MuttKnee, we can equip your dog with a knee brace to assist in healing and give back the quality of life they deserve and the job they know and love!


For more information about a custom large dog leg brace, connect with us today!




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