So, we finally did it, we adopted a dog!
He’s an eight-month-old Spaniel named Alvaro, and he was a reject from the police force. The rest of his litter went on to train as police sniffer dogs, but he has breathing problems that would make him unsuitable. His breathing problems aren’t going to cause him any trouble in life, but his nose wasn’t quite up to snuff. While I’m sad he didn’t get to join his brothers and sisters at the police academy, I am happy that he found his way to us!
The advice that they gave us when we took him home is that, although he didn’t make the cut for the police, he’ll thrive if he is able to have a “job”. He needs training and a purpose, or he’ll just get bored. This is why we’re taking him to puppy training at the weekends and plan to volunteer with him as a therapy dog to help people with mental health problems. He won’t have quite the exciting life that his siblings will have, (one was picked to be an explosive detection dog ) but I’m confident he’ll be very happy.
It really got me thinking about all the different jobs animals can do, and how incredibly well-equipped they are for these different tasks. So many dogs are just sitting at home, completely unaware of their potential!
I found this incredible video by Global Support Services that explains the history and biology of why dogs are perfect for detection. They’ve created some award-winning videos in the past, so I’m really happy to see them continue the trend with this one.