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Old 05-16-2012, 11:00 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Wolfie takes the trash barrels out to the street on Wednesday nights. He also grabs the other end of the recycle bin and helps me carry that out to the street. Then he brings them back the next day. He gets crazy excited to do this. He is also checks every room of the house at night before we go to bed. I tell him " Wolfie go check" and he goes and searches every room in a certain order then goes to bed.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:18 AM   #32 (permalink)
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My dog's current job is to make sure nothing in the house is free from his teethmarks. Household Residents, Appliances, Clothing, Furniture and everything else included.

In the future, I hope he can settle on a more productive line of work.
Lol! That is hilarious how you put it!..I can currently relate.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:56 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Lol! That is hilarious how you put it!..I can currently relate.
Glad I could amuse! Yeah...Gabe is a little whirlwind of teeth and puppy fuzz right now. Although, unfortunately, he seems to have finally taken notice of the cats, and it is his firm belief that cats belong in the kitchen at all times.

I now have a little cat herder on my hands.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:12 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Do self appointed jobs count?

Phoebe has decided that the light that crosses the wall when a car goes by outside is a threat to the family...she will sit and stare at the wall, and when she hears a car go by, she's on her feet and charging, barking furiously (unless her mouth happens to be full of a toy). When the light leaves, she trots over to my husband and I, wagging her tail and head held high - she has succeeded in chasing it away once again. Thankfully, we live in a very small village with little to no traffic, or she'd be a nervous wreck.

Eva is very serious about protecting the house. She makes her rounds, checks windows and doors, and checks every bedroom about once an hour at night.

Once everyone is at full health, we're expanding their area to take up the vast majority of our two lots, and we're going to be putting up an agility course for them. The only one we won't have is a wall...we do NOT need Phoebe knowing how to climb any more than she already does.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:17 AM   #35 (permalink)
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My bogo isn't fully employed however he once had a job being in charge of the wedding rings at my brothers wedding.He looked very smart, he was freshly washed, brushed, and wore a very lovely black leath colar that had the rings attached to it. He was very calm and couldnt stop wagging his tail from the excitement on the day!
Everyone made a very big fuss and gave him lots of treats, a family day to remember
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:53 AM   #36 (permalink)
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They patrol the back yard, the bark at strangers when they get close and check every room when they come in.

One is very adept at tapping any foot or hand that is left unnattended and ensuring it is employed petting and the other makes sure that I am never, never, never, absolutely NEVER left alone while at home!
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:27 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Not yet, although I'm coming up with ideas. I'd like her to be able to find my daughters shoes, herd the cat into the house (done once) and put her toys away. We'll see if any of this happens.


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Old 10-16-2012, 06:56 PM   #38 (permalink)
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C's most important job is to brace my leg on bad days when I get dizzy and might fall. Her other work mostly involves keeping me company when I have trouble sleeping. She was about 7 years old when she came to this career, and does an excellent job of it.

Z started work a bit earlier in life. She was about 16 weeks old when she began her career as a "service puppy." Currently, at about 2 1/2 years old, she does an excellent job around the house and is beginning to pursue career advancement in a public-access role. (The delay in public-access training was due to my limitations, not hers.)

Her current tasks include:
  • alerting me to phone calls (and helping me locate the phone)
  • alerting me to people at the door
  • telling me when I've left something burning on the stove
  • general smoke alarm duties (though she hasn't been called on to act in that role, thank goodness)
  • alerting me to timers going off
  • reminding me to wear sunglasses when I leave the house
  • prompting me to take meds PRN
Her hobbies include retrieving, "freestyle" tracking, and recently, AKC-style obedience. And general mischief.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:59 AM   #39 (permalink)
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fun police with the cats.... :/ thats all he wants to do

hahahahaha that was funny..thats what most GSD's do..fun with all the species smaller than their size..
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:31 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Interesting thread. We are figuring out that our 10-month old GSD likely needs a job to do. We run and run and run him everynight but it never seems to be enough. He's still very unsettled and doesn't crash until we go up to bed at night.

We have some private training sessions coming up starting this weekend, so one of the things I'll be looking to her for is some suggestions on jobs for Jake. We are trying to introduce toys that he has to think about or has to work to get food/treats out of but once he figures them out he tends to get bored.
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