Everyone knows that pet owners think of their pups as loyal companions or even family members. Likewise, dogs see their owners as caring teachers and lifelong friends. Yet, most of us have no idea how important service canines are to our society.
Millions of these animals offer irreplaceable assistance to people all over the world. Humans can’t match their level of commitment and technology can’t replace their unbelievably sharp senses.
Only a military dog sprints across a minefield to assist wounded soldiers without hesitation. Well, soldiers aren’t capable of safely crossing a minefield anyway – our latest military equipment isn’t nearly as effective as a dog’s nose. It’s no superpower, but canines’ sense of smell allows them to detect explosives, cancer cells and even fear. So, service canines may not be superheroes, but are heroes nonetheless.
We listed the 15 most challenging dog jobs (at which humans would fail horribly.) They’re ranked according to difficulty, risk level and importance.
Follow along to learn about the most epic service canines in the world.
#15 Seizure Alarm Dogs
According to the CDC, 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. There’s no cure and no way to eliminate the risk of sudden seizures. Seizure Alert canines do what doctors can’t – they predict epileptic attacks and warn their owners.
Epilepsy has no scent, yet special training allows canines to sense it closing in. They can detect the smell of fear pheromones released due to the heightened anxiety that precedes epileptic seizures. Dogs can alert sufferers up to an hour in advance.