The Multi-Faceted Sadie

September 19, 2011  

This pit bull has a variety of jobs, from therapy dog to canine trainer

By Ashley Scott

Sadie is my pit bull and she is about 7 years old. I adopted her from BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter) about five years ago. She is an amazing dog and has had lots of jobs in her life with me so far.

Her first job was as a search and rescue dog. She was a member of Calvert K9 Search Team as a tracking and trailing dog. About a year into the training, the two of us had a conversation (lol), and she told me that she didn’t want to do it anymore. I now have a Border Collie for search work, but that didn’t stop Sadie from having a job.

After she was done as a search dog, she took on the role of professional couch potato for a while, but wasn’t satisfied with that, so we went looking for anther job for her. I had always been interested in therapy dog work, so off we went, and Sadie became a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. When we were in search work she loved doing demos with the elderly, so it was a natural fit for her.

But that wasn’t the end of her jobs. Around the same time that she became a therapy dog, I was looking for another job. I am a certified diesel mechanic and was working at a speed shop, and the economy being the way it is, my speed shop was doing layoffs, so instead of waiting to be laid off, I looked for something new to do and decided that I wanted to be a dog trainer.

My work with search and rescue dogs revealed to me how much I loved working with them. I love watching them progress and learn. It was amazing for me to watch as they learned obedience. I found a mentor who was a trainer and she took me on and taught me the tricks of the trade. She specializes in dog aggression, and it turned out that Sadie was a great control dog since she’s so good with other dogs. She gives wonderful body language to other dogs and never reacts when a dog reacts to her. Her energy is so calming to other dogs that we’ve seen some dogs make huge strides when we are using her to teach them that dogs aren’t scary.

Sadie also has lots of jobs here at the house. She is the professional face-licker, a world-class goof ball and the best lump you’ll ever meet. Finally, even though she’s a work hound, her favorite job, by far, is sleeping.

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