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What professions can animals learn?

People and animals actively interact with veryancient times. At first, predators instilled fear in our distant ancestors, but over time, people prevailed over them. At the moment, many animals are kept as pets and have become true friends for us. The rest of the animals benefit people by producing milk and other food. But can cats, dogs, birds, and other animal species benefit humans in other ways? Experience shows us that yes, they can - and how! Throughout their history, humans have taught animals to perform a wide variety of tasks for which they do not have time or do not have enough courage. If you think about it, on the part of humanity, forcing animals to do all the "dirty" work for themselves is very ugly. But this is how history has developed and the fact remains that animals can learn different professions and benefit people with their work.

There is a Labrador in the US named Mousse who helps students cope with stress. In 2020 she received the title of Doctor of Science


  • 1 Animal labor
    • 1.1 Dogs doctors
    • 1.2 Monkey helpers
    • 1.3 Animal ecologists
    • 1.4 Guide dogs
    • 1.5 Animals in space
  • 2 Animals and man

Animal labor

Humanity began to use animal labora long time ago. For example, according to historical data, domestic horses originated around the 4th century BC. It was then that people began to use them for two purposes. Firstly, horses turned out to be useful in agriculture, because they pulled the plow well for plowing the land. Secondly, they can be considered one of the first means of transportation - handsome men are still used for this purpose. As an example, dogs can be cited, which became our friends and began to be used as guards and even police officers. But all these are the simplest examples, and there are animals in the world that are engaged in performing even more interesting and complex tasks.

Interesting fact: The process of domestication of animals is called domestication... You can read more about this in the material on the domestication of chicken.

Dogs doctors

There is a university in the US state of VirginiaVirginia Tech, and it has several dogs. Their mission is to help veterinary students cope with stress and anxiety. These four-legged psychotherapists have their own work schedule and they provide full consultations. The sessions look like a simple pastime with the animals, but there is clearly a benefit to it. It is believed that aspiring veterinarians are very susceptible to anxiety during their studies, and statistics show that many of them cannot withstand the load and take their own lives.

Mousse and his owner Trent Davis (left)

The best employee at Virginia Tech is considered8-year-old Labrador named Mousse. He started in 2014 and has provided over 7,500 consultations and over 500 events throughout his career. For the work done, in 2019 Mousse received the title of "Animal-Hero", and in 2020 he received the title of Doctor of Science. The owner of the hero is Trent Davis, who has been working at the university for over 10 years. In February, the Labrador was diagnosed with cancer, but doctors assure that he will be fine. Well, happiness to this doctor of sciences and let him swim and play tug-of-war - these are his favorite hobbies.

See also: Is a dog a man’s best friend, or is he just pretending to be?

Monkey helpers

While dogs have mastered the profession wellpsychotherapist, monkeys of the Capuchin genus (Cebus) perfectly perform the role of nurses. Back in 1979, a group of psychologists and psychotherapists organized the Helping Hands project, within which primates are still being taught to help people with disabilities. In a special "monkey college" they began to teach the Capuchins to perform various commands such as turning on and off lights, controlling the TV, and so on. Taking such a monkey into their family, paralyzed people can give it commands like “turn on the light” and make life much easier for themselves and those around them. And it is not difficult for Capuchins, because they are very friendly to people. In addition, they live up to 40 years, that is, they become friends for almost their entire lives.

One of the monkeys is learning a new command

It should be emphasized that families who take tothemselves a monkey from Helping Hands, bear great responsibility for them. Able family members have a responsibility to feed them well and regularly inform company employees about their weight and other health indicators. Having a child under 10 years of age in a family is unacceptable, because tiny monkeys are, in fact, children themselves. Also, once every couple of years, monkeys go back to college to brush up on their knowledge. In addition to executing commands, they are trained there to live in a cage, despite the fact that they can only go there to sleep.

Did you know that monkeys turn gray too, but not because of aging?

Animal ecologists

Today, more than ever, it is important for scientists to followfor the purity of water in the world's oceans. The fact is that every year people dump tons of plastic waste there, which harms all living organisms. In addition, due to the gradual rise in air temperature on our planet, the water is gradually heating up and the inhabitants of the seas and oceans begin to die. Researchers could well use robots to track different indicators of water, but this is too expensive. Instead, they use sensors that attach to the bodies of sharks and whales. That is, these creatures can be called ecologists - experts in saving the environment.

This is what sensors attached to fish bodies look like.

Sensors attached to animal bodies are notprevent them from living and do not harm their health. They are made from non-toxic materials and the composite components are very flexible. In 2019, wearable devices have been greatly improved and can be attached to the bodies of even small fish. Moving in the water space, the inhabitants of the seas and oceans visit a variety of regions, so that scientists can add up a general picture of what is happening on our planet. You can read more about the technology for collecting information on the state of water in the world's oceans in this article.

Guide dogs

According to the International Agency forthe prevention of blindness, at the moment about 285 million people suffer from vision problems in the world. Many of them can move slowly but confidently through noisy streets thanks to their guide dogs. The first guide dog school appeared in 1929 - some sources report that training one dog can cost up to $ 60,000. Sounds great, our four-legged friends are good at many things. But what about people who are afraid of them or are allergic to them? In our time, everything is possible and the solution to this problem was found pretty quickly.

Labradors are commonly used as guide dogs

In 1999, TheGuide Horse Foundation, which does not train dogs, but small horses - ponies. Studies have shown that these animals also have very developed intelligence and are able to lead their owners even through noisy and busy streets. In addition, they have a number of advantages over dogs:

  • ponies live up to 40 years, and dogs - about 17 years;
  • pony training is cheaper than dog training;
  • small horses remain calm even in emergencies;
  • the pony has a wider viewing angle, about 350 degrees;
  • most people are not allergic to them.

Since ponies are not considered close friendspeople, it takes a long time to learn a new skill. Only experienced horse trainers are allowed to do this. It is known that one of the very first guide pony trainers was Janet Burleson with 30 years of experience working with horses.

In some countries, this picture is not uncommon.

Animals in space

One of the most important and difficult professionswhich was mastered by animals - an astronaut. Today dogs, cats and monkeys no longer leave our planet, but before the first manned flight into low-earth orbit, only animals participated in flights. The most famous of them are, of course, Belka and Strelka. But do not forget about other heroes, thanks to whom humanity has made a huge step into the future. For example, a macaque named Sam, who flew into space on the Little Joe 2 ship, demonstrated special courage in flight.

The same monkey named Sam

There have even been cockroaches in near-earth orbit. For example, in September 2007, a female red cockroach named Nadezhda became a passenger of the Foton M-3 spacecraft. She became the first animal to conceive children during space flight. After returning to Earth, the insect gave birth to 33 cubs. While observing the tiny creatures, scientists noticed that they evolved faster than usual. They named the effect of weightlessness as the reason for this phenomenon.

See also: How do animals trick predators?

Animals and man

These are not all professions that canmaster the animals. Many of them can serve as guards, nurses, and so on. Unfortunately, they do not have the ability to make decisions on their own, so the majority have to literally sacrifice themselves for the good of humanity. Take laboratory rats, for example. If they did not exist, the creation of drugs for dangerous diseases would be given to us with great difficulty and took a lot of time.