2012 65¢ Dogs at Work
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Issue Date: January 20, 2012
City: Merrifield, VA
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Die Cut 10 ¾
A well-trained working dog can often mean independence, comfort, and a second chance at life to those it helps. A combination of intelligence, endurance, and obedience is needed for canines that spend their lives serving humans. Through proper selection and intense training, dogs can be taught to aid people in many ways.
Guide dogs for visually impaired people must be friendly and comfortable with new situations. They memorize the routes to familiar destinations and can lead the way with a simple command. The dogs’ confidence allows them to travel to new places.
When a non-judgemental ear and comforting touch are needed, a therapy dog can fit the bill. Whether in times of disaster or a regularly scheduled visit, an affectionate, patient dog reduces anxiety and offers emotional support.
Using their keen sense of smell, security dogs track down criminals or hidden substances. At border crossings and stadiums, canines save time and money with their quick screening ability.
Speed is essential when someone is lost. A search and rescue dog must have agility to move over unstable surfaces to find a victim promptly.
Humans can count on dogs to be faithful guides, companions, or protectors.