The Honest Truth Behind Working With Dogs - World of Angus

The Honest Truth Behind Working With Dogs

For most pup lovers, working with dogs (and being paid to do so) is the absolute dream. So, why would we have any complaints? Well, let's get to the honest to goodness truth behind working with our furry companions.

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Dirty Deeds

Working with dogs, or any animal, can be downright disgusting! Simple as that. If you are even the slightest bit squeamish, the pet industry may not be the best place for you. 

Have you ever witnessed a dog eat so much poop that it projectile vomits all over itself and the floor? Try cleaning it up without getting sick yourself. Most doggy parents wouldn't believe these horror stories, and we don't intend to share them. Besides, their precious pup would NEVER do something of the sorts...

Note to self: you can never own enough body wash. 

 

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What Did You Say?

Ever wonder what dogs do at daycare, besides eating, pooping, sleeping, or playing ball? We'll give you a hint...

*BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK*

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*BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK*

Dogs bark for a multitude of reasons, that most pet industry workers must be well aware of. It is, after all, their main source of communication with humans. However, we believe "Just because" is at the top of the list of reasons to bark.

Early hearing loss, and tinnitus are very real threats to people who work in the pet industry. We suggest a healthy supply of ear-plugs and mental breaks throughout the day. 

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Every Day Is Leg Day

If you aren't one for hitting up the gym, but still wish to stay in shape, try working at your local dog daycare! Many people believe working at a daycare consists of throwing balls, snuggling on the floor, and taking pictures of pups doing cute things. Unfortunately, they are incredibly mistaken. 

Yes, we do get to throw balls, but we also have to retrieve them from dogs that run away, or insist on dropping them 20 ft away from you. We also get to snuggle on the floor and take pictures, but that comes after hours of chasing dogs, lifting dogs, dragging dogs, separating dogs who like to fight, diving to pick up poop before dogs eat it, and a million and one other physical activities that revolve around keeping dogs safe and entertained. 

The average human is supposed to walk roughly 10,000 steps per day. We usually hit that target by 10 a.m. 

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Dog Racism Is Real

"Awe, look at that adorable puppy. I just love labs!" said no pet industry worker ever. 

People often ask: "But don't you like all dog breeds?" You want to say "yes" out of common courtesy, or maybe the fact that you, at some point in time, loved all dogs. But you can't, because that is a damn lie. 

There is a certain truth about dog breeds, and their individual traits. Most people attempt to stray away from "hasty generalizations," but we can't deny that each breed has clear physical and personal identifiers. After working with dogs, you'll never look at them the same way again. 

We like to categorize breeds by energy level, aptitude, and annoying attributes. 

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Social Awkwardness at its Finest

So, you work with dogs, and maybe a few people. But mostly dogs. After a certain period of time, talking to humans outside of work becomes not only difficult, but terrifying. What do people even talk about?

Sure, you watch popular TV series, and you can hold your own in a conversation about recent political scandals, but it's only a matter of time before you revert back to the crazy dog lady you were always destined to be. 

Embrace it! Dogs are better than humans anyway. 

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Despite the fact that working with dogs can lead to an early retirement and daily spouts of totally un-called for rage, working with dogs is undoubtedly the best job on the planet. We wouldn't trade working with our furry friends for anything. 

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Alyssa Castle
Alyssa Castle

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Alyssa Lynn Castle is a certified crazy dog lady, who spends most of her days exploring with her two fur kids. She is a bully breed advocate, and a firm believer in the phrase "Adopt! Don't Shop." You can check out photos of her adorable pups and their adventures on their Instagram account @mortthepitbull



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