Canine Service Dogs: Which Breed is Best?

By Elizabeth Young


Throughout history, canines have always been at man's side, helping however they can. Service dogs come in all shapes and sizes and each breed has different qualities making them most capable of different tasks. From Police dogs to Fire dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs to Customs and Border Protection dogs, each breed serves a special purpose. Glamping with Pets takes a look at what makes each breed just so great at what they do.


Police Dogs

Popular breeds for Police dogs include German Shepards, Labrador Retrievers, Bloodhounds, Beagles, and Rottweilers. German Shepards and Labradors are extremely intelligent with a good temperament, trainability, and endurance. They are often used as police dogs, along with these other breeds, because these breeds will only detain a suspect by "threatening" them until their master comes. These breeds are trained not to bite the suspect, but rather to make sure the criminal cannot escape.


Fire Dogs

Everyone associates Dalmations with the fire station, but have you ever wondered why? Dalmations are very compatible with horses and because of that, they have worked hand-in-paw with firefighters for centuries, long before fire trucks were around. When horse-drawn carriages were used, Dalmatians would run alongside the horses, keeping pace. Horses are afraid of fire, and the Dalmatians presence would distract and comfort the horses as the wagon got closer to the flames. Dalmatians also stood guard while the firefighters were working to ensure no one stole belongings or equipment. With the invention of the automobile, many fire stations kept Dalmatians around for the companionship.


Search and Rescue Dogs

Search and rescue dogs are traditionally Border Collies or Labrador Retrievers. Both breeds have a solid temperament and have great stamina, which is key when climbing through rubble and up mountains. These breeds have bodies adapted for running in both cold and warmer climates, can climb up, under, and over obstacles fearlessly, respond well to commands, and have a high level of intelligence and problem-solving skills.


Custom and Border Control Dogs

Beagles are primarily sniffing dogs and work with arriving luggage, looking for agricultural products. Beagles were originally bred for rabbit hunting, and as such, they have an acute sense of smell. Beagles are generally friendly and good with people and their smaller size is not intimidating. For these reasons, the Beagle was selected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Bomb sniffing dogs, on the other hand, are usually German Shepards, Labrador Retrievers, or Vizslas (also known as a Hungarian Pointer). These breeds were not chosen solely on their ability to smell, but also, they're calm in crowds and around strangers, and they like to play. They can view their work as a game, and are rewarded at the end.

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Pet Spotlight: Don't Lose Hope

By Ffion Matthews

Continuing to care for canines, Barks of Love are still hard at work trying to find homes for their shelter dogs. Here at Glamping with Pets we are a sucker for lending a helping paw and spreading the word for this great cause.


This cute little lady is Hope, she is a ten-year-old Chihuahua looking for a home in California. Her life was saved as she was removed from her shelter that was going to euthanize her the following day. Barks of Love didn't lose Hope, and had her re-evaluated, where it was discovered there was a misdiagnosis of her illnesses and treatment was possible. It appears there was a lot more fight for this little one.

The kind-hearted vet gave her the care and time she needed to show she is a tough cookie. Now, with the right medication, she is ready for a forever home.


Hope really is a Chih-wow-hua with her strong spirit shining through in her older age. Do not be fooled by her petite size, as she has a big heart and lots of love to give. If you want a chance to provide Hope with a much-needed place to rest her paws, have a look at her profile here.

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Canine Veterans: Heroic Hounds in History

By Ffion Matthews

Let's take a step back and have a look at few of history's most respectable hounds. Glamping with Pets is here to highlight some of the heroic hounds who have served us over the last 100 years in the lead-up to National K9 Veterans Day. From the small yet mighty to the big and humble, these proud pups send an important message about the power of loyalty.

Sergeant Stubby

The fearless fellow above is Sergeant Stubby, a real life inspiration that any dog has the chance to turn their life around. He began his life roaming the streets of New Haven, Connecticut, as a homeless dog, where he came across the Yale Campus and a 102nd Infantry training session. After warming the heart of Private J. Robert Conroy, he was taken in and named Stubby due to his lack of tail. He was trained to salute to the commanding officer, securing his life changing position. A journey of bravery and honor unfolded as Stubby went on to serve 18 months in World War One in 17 battles, alerting troops to gas attacks, locating missing soldiers, and quite literally catching Germans with their pants down.

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Noble from start to end, Trakr the German Shepherd was one of many search and rescue dogs that contributed to the efforts of the 9/11 rescue mission. He worked as a Police dog in Halifax, Nova Scotia for six years giving him a world of respect when he retired in May 2001. However, this dog was not done giving when he and his owner James Symington returned to service for one last assignment. Trakr's drive to the search was rewarded when he found one of the last remaining survivors, Genelle Guzman, who had been stuck in the rubble for 26 hours. A canine's commitment that led to a human life being saved.

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Chips was a volunteered dog from New York who served in World War Two. This dog showed multiple selfless acts of bravery, but most memorably he saved soldiers from a gun-machine team on a beach in Sicily, 1943. Despite injury, Chips carried on to help capture ten Italian prisoners on that same day. They say every dog has their day and this was certainly his. After being discharged in 1945 Chips went home and was eventually given to Private John P. Rowell, his handler during service.

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German-born Rex, was destined for a life of greatness when he was sent to America for a military dog-training program, but little did he know the true impact he would have. His first handler was Mike Dowling and the two were deployed to Iraq in 2004, where Sergeant Rex would be one of the first dogs to serve on the front line since Vietnam. Sergeant Rex took part in hundreds of missions until an explosive caused an injury to both him and his handler. Determination broke though and Sergeant Rex recovered, going on to serve until 2012 when he was officially retired and adopted by his second handler.

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Nemo served in the Vietnam war as one of the hundreds of war dogs who were sent to defend human lives. A display of pure devotion occurred on December 4th, 1966, resulting in saving Airman Robert A. Throneburg's life. When Nemo took a gun shot to the face losing his eye and incurring a serious injury he still carried on and protected his handler. The incredible dog then used his own body to cover Robert and prevent further harm until back-up was sent. He laid down his life for his handler, a real testimonial to man's best friend. His dedication was honored when he became the first sentry dog to be officially retired from active service and returned home to live in Texas.


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A Helping Paw: Service Dogs and Canine Companions

By Guest

In the lead up to National K9 Veterans Day on March 13th, Glamping with Pets is spotlighting all the ways in which our fearless, furry friends help us every day, at home and abroad. Our friends over at the Big Dog Bed Company are here to tell us how.

Our dogs bring so much into our lives; love, humor, exercise, friendship, dirt and fur… But in addition to all these, dogs also work hard to keep us safe, mobile and even alive. Collectively known as Service or Assistance Dogs, these animals make a huge contribution to human society.

If asked to list what activities service dogs contribute to, most of us would probably identify police, military, search and rescue, and guidance and assistance for visually- and audio-impaired individuals. But there is so much more that service dogs are involved with including medical alerts, emotional support, and fire investigation.

Medical alert dogs ‘smell’ when something is not right, sensing low blood sugar levels or epileptic seizures. Research is also underway to determine if dogs can detect prostate and breast cancers.

Search-and-rescue is a long-established activity employing dogs in mountain environments and disaster zones overseas, but there are also a large number of volunteer units that work closely with the police and social services to find vulnerable and missing individuals. Another lesser-known group are the Fire Investigation dogs who are trained to identify a variety of ignitable substances to determine whether a fire has been started deliberately. Their keen sense of smell is more accurate and faster than technical alternatives, reducing the time required to investigate the scene of a fire.

With so much diversity pretty much any dog with the right temperament can be a service dog. The great majority of personal service dogs are made available via charities that select, breed, and educate dogs for specific roles. For some conditions and situations, the training must be tailored to the individual with which the dog is to be partners, which adds to the time and difficulty of preparing a dog to work with someone.

Given this much time and effort, there is a perpetual shortage of trained dogs. A great new initiative that is spreading is to take dogs from shelters to train for a number of different service roles, that will hopefully provide carers for people who need them, and homes for disadvantaged pups.

Beyond ‘official’ service dog roles, canine companions provide support in a great many ways. Pets as Therapy (PATS), organize visits by calm, friendly family pet dogs and cats to care homes, hospitals, hospices, schools and prisons to allow residents to stroke and enjoy the presence of a friendly animal. In the U.S., rescue dogs are helping the rehabilitation of prisoners as they care for and train the dogs in a complete way.

So with all this help and loyalty our noble canine brethren provide, surely it's time for a special, pet-friendly glamping getaway with the dog to reward their heroism!

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Vegan Dog Food: Introducing Your Pet to a Plant-Based Diet

By David Pope

With an ever-increasing number of people deciding to go vegan and investigate the health benefits of a plant-based diet, it's about time that someone answered the question that's on everyone's (or, at least, every pet-lover's) mind: How can I help my dog go vegan, too?

Glamping with Pets, as always, has you covered for all things pet-info, so we've got our paws out and done some digging. It turns out that yes, your dog can join you on your journey into veganhood!

Evolutionarily different from wild wolves, our furry friends have a special genome allowing them to digest, and thrive on, a starch-rich diet. This means that they're more than able to eat a plant-based diet, and it may even be healthier for them. With a vegan diet, pups have been shown to have increased energy, nicer coats, and even better breath!

So, after learning about the advantages of a vegan diet for your four-legged friend, you may be thinking; "sure, Glamping with Pets, this all sounds great. But I don't have the time to craft plant-based, dog-friendly meals all day, so where can I get vegan food for my pet?"

We've teamed up with v-Dog to show you that it's now easier than ever before to start your pup on a plant-based diet. This new company crafts scrumptious, vegan foods for adult dogs that provide all of the nutrients and energy your pup needs. Their everyday food is 24% protein, and is formulated to meet all AAFCO-recommended levels of nutritional value.

With a range of tasty items from everyday meals to special treats and snacks, these healthy, vegan goodies are not only good for your pooch, they're also great for the planet! By avoiding the use of meat, v-Dog cuts down on land-use and carbon emissions, and they're proudly American-owned and operated, based out of California.

We've fallen in love with their goodies so much that we're sending v-Dog on a pet-friendly glamping getaway, so their own pups can get the most out of their new vegan diets while exploring the great outdoors. Stay tuned to Glamping with Pets to see how they like their glamping rental like the one below!

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