working dog

noun

Definition of working dog 

: a dog suitable by size, breeding, or training for useful work (such as draft or herding) especially as distinguished from one suitable primarily for pet, show, or sporting use

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At Saturday's dedication ceremony, officials are expecting a crowd of several hundred including veteran military dog handlers and law enforcement K-9 units since the memorial honors all working dogs, not just those who serve in the military. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5,000 military dogs went to Vietnam; not a single one came back. Now there is a memorial to honor them.," 28 May 2018 The impetus for a military working dog memorial came from David Backstrom, a Navy corpsman who served in Vietnam and volunteers at the Highground. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5,000 military dogs went to Vietnam; not a single one came back. Now there is a memorial to honor them.," 28 May 2018 Levi is just one of the working dogs in the emerging market for animal influencers on social media. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Influencer marketing goes to the dogs," 10 May 2018 The North Landing Elementary School in Virginia Beach raised money – more than $2,500 – to get the dog an armored vest through Spike’s K9 Fund, a Virginia nonprofit dedicated to the training, care and preservation of working dogs. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Virginia students buy Springfield Twp. K-9 a protective vest," 10 Apr. 2018 The fair will feature a World War I-era ambulance, a 1916 Model T Ford, a 1914 French Renault tank, historical re-enactors, National Guard working dogs doing demonstrations and modern military equipment. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Animated Film 'Sgt. Stubby' Pays Homage To New Haven's Most Famous Dog," 26 Mar. 2018 Any praise of working dogs for their faithfulness may simply have reflected how easy this made them to train. Longreads, "The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval," 22 Mar. 2018 The Troy police K9s are working dogs that track suspects and search buildings, but Lehman said their police cat likely wouldn't be working on any cases. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Troy Police Department launches Twitter campaign to get a #policecat," 11 Mar. 2018 For example, high-energy and working dogs require regular exercise to stimulate them mentally and keep them from getting bored. Texas A&m College Of Veterinary Medicine, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Include your dog in your exercise plans," 6 Feb. 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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