Dogs are great pets to have at home. Many people believe that dogs help balance the atmosphere of the home. At times of distress, they provide comfort to their owners. Whenever there’s an argument, they help take the focus of the argument itself and place it on them.
Dogs are not only wonderful companions for humans, but they are incredible at a range of other ‘occupations.’ Labradors and German Shepherds, for example, are particularly popular in military service. But there is one job that many dogs work at, and that is one of a rescue dog. Many organizations in the world, including the Red Cross and others, have used rescue dogs in their operations for many years. They are easy to train and very effective.
Some of the most popular breeds used for rescue are Labradors, retrievers, German shepherds, etc. There is another breed that is very well known in Europe. These breeds have started to gain popularity in America as it has started to become used. This breed is called the Newfoundland.
The Newfoundland is a large dog with very thick hair. Initially, they were used for herding purposes. Later, people discovered that they were exceptional swimmers. Thanks to the dog’s webbed feet and their incredible strength, these dogs can swim for extended periods of time. They can also do this while dragging a human victim along the water.
They have participated in very risky rescue missions. Some of these missions involved the use of a helicopter. That’s right; they can even jump from a helicopter into the ocean to rescue victims. How do they do this? They need to go through extensive training where they are taught various rescuing techniques. This training usually lasts for at least three years.
In the next video, you will see these dogs in action. This is part of the drill work dogs participates in the handlers to evaluate their skills. The dogs are prepared in their headquarters, and even though they are very good swimmers, they are equipped with a life vest. The reason for this is in the rescue missions they must track people. Without this life vest, they would be at risk of sinking themselves. The vest also has signs that show he is a rescue dog.
He then boards a helicopter along with the rescue team. The helicopter takes off to the coordinates where the victim is waiting for them. They position the dog a few feet from the victim and help him jump. The dog quickly swims towards the victim, and the victim hangs onto the dog.
Even when dragging a person through the water, the dog’s excellent swimming skills can be seen. The rescued victim is very glad to hang on to the dog. The dog and the victim are then raised to the helicopter where they are taken to safety. These breed is starting to be recognized as one of the best rescue breeds. It doesn’t only make a very good rescue dog, but also an excellent pet.
Check out this incredible video below. These dogs are truly incredible and deserve so much support. What a brilliant training program and the people who run this are honestly extraordinary. Three cheers to all these life-saving heroes; man and dog.