May 10, 2021 Bryan Striegler

Dogs in the Working Group: A Look at Their Personalities, Traits, Habits and How to Raise Them

Dogs are often considered man’s best friend. Dogs have done important work for centuries, and they’re still a vital asset today. There are several different types of breeds but the one used in the most is the Working Class. Today, I’ll look at their personalities, traits, and how to raise them properly.

What is a working dog, and what are they used for

A working dog is a dog that’s bred for a specific purpose, usually to help people with their work. Working dogs can be found in all sorts of jobs from search and rescue to drug detection.

Working breeds are used most often because they’re some of the smartest types of dogs. They require less training time than other kinds because they enjoy doing work and are naturally good at it.

What do Working Dogs Look Like?

There are many different breeds of working dogs, so they can look quite a bit different from one another. Generally speaking these types of dogs have strong muscles and chests to help them move heavy items like large boxes or crates, but that’s not always the case. Some other working dogs look more like their pet counterparts, with fluffy coats and big eyes.

Dogs in the Working Group

The working group breed is one of the larger ones. Some of the common working dogs are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Dobermans. Generally these dogs are bred to have the right traits for work such as a strong sense of smell or sharp teeth that can help them track down escapees.

Another type is the terrier which is a small dog that works to root out vermin and other animals as well as birds.

For some reason, I’ve always loved dogs in the working group. I don’t know if it’s because they are big or what. I’ve had a boxer and Bernese Mountain Dog, but I’ve always wanted a Great Dane or Mastiff.

Bernese Mountain Dog Puppy Coming home

My favorite, of course, is the Bernese Mountain Dog. From what I’ve read, they were originally bred and used to pull carts and protect flocks. We’ve never tried to use ours to pull anything, but I can definitely see the protective nature. Finn really loves running around and barking at other animals, especially cows. I also think he would be a great guard dog because he barks whenever someone comes to the front door.

What are their personalities like, and how do they behave with other dogs and humans

I’ve been around a lot of different dog breeds in my life, and I can say, they all have different personalities. My Basset Hounds were super laid back and slept most of the day while my Bernese Mountain Dogs will play fetch and want to be near me.

Christmas photo with basset hound

In general, working dog breeds have a lot of energy and can be difficult to tire out. They are usually good with other dogs, but they may not play as much or get along with certain breeds like smaller ones, especially if their job used to be herding them.

The working group is also usually very loyal to their owners. They want to work and please them, and this creates a very close relationship.

I’ve seen this with lots of different working dogs. When we had boxers, they loved running and barking and chasing, but they were always really affectionate with us. I’ve also seen Labradors that will play dig giant holes, but will sit and wait for commands.

If you want to learn more about a specific breed, I’d suggest you look at the American Kennel Club website. It has every breed out there and will give you the general traits of that breed.

What to Expect from a Bernese Mountain Dog

My two Bernese Mountain Dogs have some differences in personality, but overall, I do see some things in both of them. One, they both love our family, but in particular, more me than anyone else. They will follow me around and always want my attention. As I’m writing this, Finn is on the ground by my feet.

I’ve also noticed that they are both intelligent. They recognize daily patterns and have been easy to teach basic commands.

They both are very playful. They love playing with each other and running around or interacting with me.

Overall, they are kind and gentle to the people they love and want to please them.

How to train your dog to be a good worker

Working dog breeds do have that natural urge to work, but that doesn’t mean they will always be perfect. It’s important to train them to be a good worker.

The first step is to socialize your dog. This means exposing them to different situations so they know how to react calmly, and also letting them meet lots of new people as well as other dogs. Unfortunately, I missed this step a bit with Finn. He mainly hung out with me and our family dogs. Now, he is a bit weary

The second step is obedience training, which includes teaching commands like “sit” or doing tricks for a reward such as treats. When I started taking Finn to classes, that’s when I really saw a change in behavior.

Thirdly, you need to train your working dog in the specific area for the breed. That means if they are meant to be guard dogs like a Doberman Pinscher, you train them in that. If your dog is a Labrador, train them to hunt and retrieve.

How much exercise do working dog breeds need to stay healthy?

My youngest son is full of energy, and he can’t hold still. He has to be out there working and doing things. The working group is similar. They want to be active and doing things, which means they do need exercise or consistent work.

The amount of exercise will vary from breed to breed but most working dogs should exercise between a mile and two miles per day or roughly 60 minutes of vigorous playing.

This will keep your dog healthy and happy, which will help them learn to be disciplined. Often, they will act out and destroy things if they are too inactive. You don’t want that!

What food should I feed them 

Just like a long distance runner eats differently than a boxer or basketball player, dogs in the working group need a particular diet to keep them healthy and going.

Because they are so active, they need a diet that has a high protein and fat content, which will help them keep going without feeling weak or hungry when they’re working hard and rebuild muscle. There are certain dog foods brands made specifically for working group dogs like Evanger’s or California Natural.

Personally, I feed my dogs a Raw diet. This means that they are eating real food that isn’t processed. I give them a mixture of different kinds of meats and bones and also other things like yogurt and eggs. I feel like this is the best way to make sure they get a high-quality diet.

Are there any health problems that could arise from owning a dog of this breed 

Like any dog breed, there are certain health issues related to the different dogs breeds in the working class. It will vary from breed to breed. For example, A Siberian Husky might have Hypothyroidism while a Alaskan Malamute might have von Willebrand Disease.

In general, there tends to be a problem with hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. This makes sense with all the work they do.

I would suggest you do more research on a particular breed to find out more.

Do these dogs have any special needs or requirements for living in a home environment (e.g., grooming)

Again, you will be dealing with a wide variety of dog breeds and personalities. Some will require more than others.

In general, it’s a good idea to train all of them and give them plenty of exercise. As we’ve said, they are meant to work and that means they will have energy to spend. If they aren’t trained or active, they will find a way to use that energy, usually by destroying something.

Some of the dog breeds will have long hair and some will have short, so there is no real answer when it comes to breeding. Check out each dog individually.

Tips on picking out the perfect Working Group pup for you and your family

You can avoid some problems before they start by picking out the perfect pup. You can’t tell everything about how a dog will turn out as a pup, but you can get a general feel for their personality. Are they adventurous or shy? Aggressive? Friendley? Happy?

Often, dogs can get stuck in their ways at an early age, so those early personality traits will usually stay around. We had a basset hound puppy that got scared by my father. After that, it didn’t matter what my father did, the dog was still deathly afraid of him.

Should you get a dog from the working group?

I really love all the dog breeds in the working group. They tend to be smarter, energetic, and very attached and caring. If you think a dog in the working group might be for you, I suggest you go check out all the different options like the Anatolian Shepherd Dog, Siberian Husky, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, or of course, the Bernese Mountain Dog. Do your research and go hang out with one for a few hours. See how you feel. If you have any questions, let me know.