Spring Edition of SPCA’s Animal’s Voice

September 3, 2022

“Dogs with jobs”

Most of us associate ‘working dogs’ with a farm, as guide dogs for blind or partially sighted people, or as police dogs. But dogs are used in far more wide-ranging roles than these, particularly in detection roles.

It’s a mid-winter morning, still dank with fog as Zara waits patiently for handler Janet from New Zealand Detector Dogs and the supervisor at the factory to finish talking. Finally, Janet comes over, slips on Zara’s harness and they’re into the factory to see what they can find. Zara’s been trained to find drugs in the workplace, since the factory owner suspects some of his workers are using them on the job. Zara will be able to sort through the huge range of smells available to her and identify a range of drugs.