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Fido’s Favorite Jobs

June 15 2021

Did you know that the AKC divides dogs into groups? The different categories correlate to the jobs specific breeds were developed to excel at. While most of our canine buddies are pets these days, they still have the instincts of working dogs. Here, a Flat Rock, NC veterinarian lists some of Fido’s favorite jobs.

Door Doggy

One of the many reasons it’s so good to have a dog is that Fido will always let you know if there’s someone at the door.  Even small dogs often announce guests!


Is Fetch your canine pal’s favorite game? If so, your four-legged friend may be a sporting dog. This category includes many pups that used to help their humans hunt and retrieve game and fowl. The Golden Retriever is a good example of this.


If you’ve ever watched a dog herding cattle, you might be amazed at how skillfully Fido corrals straying livestock. Many dogs that come from a herding background, such as Australian Shepherds, will naturally try to ‘herd’ their humans.


We don’t need to explain this one too much. If laughter is the best medicine, that may automatically make Fido a great doctor!


Did you know that people who have dogs are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t have canine companions? All those walks really do add up! Fido is more than happy to help you stay active.

Taste Tester

Do you enjoy cooking? If so, your cute pet may pay very close attention when you are in the kitchen. Fido would also be more than happy to sample anything you offer. Needless to say, dogs in all groups love this work. Just be careful with what you give him!


Does your furry best buddy like digging holes in your yard? If so, Fido may be a terrier. These pups excel at rooting out small animals that live in burrows. Their gardening skills may fall a bit short, though.


Dogs brighten up our lives in many ways. They provide us with love and laughter, and they stick with us through thick and thin. Fido can really be an anchor and a source of comfort during stressful times. He has definitely earned the title of Man’s Best Friend!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Flat Rock, NC veterinary clinic, today!