Well, hello there fellow dog lovers! I’m here to tell you something that may shock you: small dogs can actually work in the community! I know, I know, it’s a shocking revelation. But it’s true! And as someone who’s been breeding Shih Tzu for years, I can tell you that these little guys are capable of so much more than just being lap dogs.



First, let’s talk about the different types of working placements for dogs. There are service dogs, therapy dogs, facility dogs, and emotional support animals (ESAs). Each type of dog has a specific job to do, and they all make a huge difference in the lives of the people they work with.



Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks for people with disabilities. These tasks can include opening doors, retrieving items, and even alerting their owners to an oncoming seizure. They’re highly trained and can be a lifeline for their owners.



Therapy dogs, on the other hand, are trained to provide comfort and emotional support to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and other settings. They may be specifically trained to perform tasks that the facility requires, but their presence alone can make a huge difference in someone’s day.



Facility dogs are similar to therapy dogs, but they work specifically in a facility setting such as a school or courthouse. They’re trained to help people feel more comfortable and at ease in these settings.



Finally, there are ESAs. These dogs are not specifically trained to perform tasks, but they provide emotional support to their owners who have a diagnosed mental or emotional disability.



Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But wait, aren’t all these jobs for big dogs like German Shepherds or Labradors?” And while those breeds are certainly popular choices for working dogs, there’s no reason why a small breed dog can’t do the job just as well.



In fact, there are many advantages to having a small breed working dog. For one thing, they’re much easier to transport than a big dog. And because they’re smaller, they can often access areas that a big dog can’t.



But perhaps the biggest advantage of a small breed working dog is the emotional connection they can make with their owners. Because they’re smaller and more portable, they’re often able to be with their owners at all times, which can make a huge difference in someone’s life.



So, there you have it. Small dogs can work in the community too! And as someone who’s been breeding Shih Tzu for years, I can tell you that these little guys are just as capable as any big dog out there. So if you’re looking for a working dog that’s small but mighty, consider a Shih Tzu (or any other small breed) for your next furry friend.


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Ara Hughey
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