Man’s Best Friend: How Dogs Make Our Lives Safer

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security dogAccording to the Humane Society of the United States, 47 percent of all U.S. households contain at least one canine companion. In total, there are approximately 83.3 million dogs that live with humans, and they provide loyalty, love and protection to those who choose to give them a permanent residence.

Additionally, some dogs are trained to have jobs that are very beneficial in keeping people safe. In this way, the human-dog relationship can be very symbiotic, so it is no wonder that they are such popular pets.

Security Dogs

Dogs have been utilized for a long time by private security firms, police departments and the military in order to sniff out potential threats such as bombs and illegal activity, including drugs. For example, on December 11, 2013, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office authorized the police to use drug sniffing dogs in order to find any illegal drugs that were located within Lacey Township High School. This was a response to the fact that the amount of drug overdoses in Ocean County increased by almost 100 percent 2012.

Professional security companies are often called in to keep major events secure or when a suspicious package is received, and they can use bomb dogs that have been specially trained to recognize the presence of this threat via scent alone.

This works in a similar manner to drug sniffing dogs, and these programs have been proven successful in a wide variety of different situations, including the superbowl. Therefore, any organization that needs to keep an event or their office secure from the potential of terrorist bomb threats should definitely consider utilizing the services of a professional bomb dog team.

Bringing Security Home

Although homeowners will most likely never need a dog to be able to sniff out bombs or drugs, their impeccable sense of smell can be useful in other ways. After all, dogs are typically the first to know if there is an intruder on the property, and there have also been virtually countless cases involving the family pet waking people up during a fire or other catastrophe. Therefore, it is easy to understand why so many dog owners made the decision to go this route when choosing a pet.

Other Important Dog Roles

Approximately 750 Seeing Eye guide dogs are placed with blind individuals within the U.S. every year. These dogs have a typical working life of 6 to 7 years, and there are currently more than 8,000 of them providing this essential service. Therapy dogs are becoming increasingly common, and they can assist people with an extensive range of physical and mental health issues.

In fact, some hospitals employ a team of therapy dogs to provide emotional support to patients in their children’s ward. It is also important to note that many dogs have the ability to sniff out cancer.

There been multiple news stories about the family pet acting in a bizarre manner about a specific area of their human companion’s body, and this has led to them receiving a necessary medical checkup. In fact, the ability of dogs to locate cancer by smell is so high that some of them get jobs working exclusively in this capacity.

When you combine all of the potential life-saving perks with the companionship that dogs provide, it makes perfect sense for most people to adopt one. Keep in mind that the decision to provide a dog with a new lease on life by springing it from your local animal shelter could one day lead to your life being saved during a burglary, fire or as a result of cancer.

Additionally, it is important for all corporations to take advantage of bomb sniffing dogs as part of their security for major events because this is one of the most effective ways to keep everyone safe.

Lisa Coleman shares the wonders of how a dog can help our health, but also serve and protect. She recently read at about how a professional security company can help ensure the safety of businesses and large events, including with the use of specially trained canines.


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