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

Examples of working dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kennels that had a few working dogs added a few more, or borrowed a few and hit the trail for Nome. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "As it struggles with money woes and dwindling interest, the Yukon Quest needs support from Alaskans," 23 May 2020 Military working dogs are used to patrol military bases, accompany special operations forces on missions, and sniff out landmines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Animals Could Become Living Hubs for Battlefield Communications," 29 Apr. 2020 Years later, this early training results in dogs that are less timid, more social, and better equipped to handle the stressful situations that any working dog encounters in the field. Popular Science, "‘Super puppies’ keep calm and carry on in the most stressful situations," 17 Apr. 2020 And then there are highly trained working dogs, like the Belgian Malinois that recently helped run down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Julie Rovner, chicagotribune.com, "Sit, heal: Dog teaches military medical students the merits of service animals," 26 Nov. 2019 Years later, this early training results in dogs that are less timid, more social, and better equipped to handle the stressful situations that any working dog encounters in the field. Popular Science, "‘Super puppies’ keep calm and carry on in the most stressful situations," 17 Apr. 2020 Years later, this early training results in dogs that are less timid, more social, and better equipped to handle the stressful situations that any working dog encounters in the field. Brad Fitzpatrick, Outdoor Life, "Dog Trainers are Creating ‘Super Puppies’ by Following a Program Developed by the Military," 8 Apr. 2020 In real life, the Klondike work dog breeds were varied, with Julian, a mighty yellow mastiff, being one of the most heroic and famous, says Jonathan Hubbell, a park ranger at Seattle's Gold Rush National Historical Park. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Here's why Buck, Harrison Ford's sled dog in 'The Call of the Wild,' isn't a husky," 21 Feb. 2020 Of course those aren't the only things military working dogs are trained to do. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Dogs have been in the military since 600 BC. And they do some serious work," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of working dog

1885, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2020

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“Working dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/working%20dog. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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