Top 10 Dog “Day Jobs”

At Pets Best, we’re a pet friendly office, which only makes sense when you’re a pet insurance agency. So this got us thinking, if our dogs weren’t at the office “helping us work” what would their day job be? We asked our Pets Best Facebook friends the same question and got some great responses. Here are our top 10 favorite day jobs for dogs.

1. Food Quality Assurance Tester

Dogs have been training to be a food tester their entire lives. There isn’t a piece of food that has hit the floor that they haven’t ran frantically to inspect. Now, whether they’re testing for “quality” that’s debatable. We’ve seen some pretty questionable items eaten by dogs.

2. Head of Security  / Army General

For those more stoic, guard dogs, what dog could be better? They’ll give the evil stare gladly and let out those intimidating deep barks when they see anyone who looks suspicious, who looks like trouble, or who just looks somewhat like the mail man.

3. Heating Pad

So many laps to warm up, so little time.

4. CEO of a Pet Store

It’s like working in paradise for a dog, aside from the part about not being able to eat and play with the entire store inventory. Okay, so maybe this job would be more torturous than fun for a pup.

5. Motivational Speaker

It’s hard to be sad or unmotivated for long when you’ve got a silly spaz running around you, wagging their tail frantically, licking you, and bringing you toys. Their happiness is infectious and most definitely motivating.

6. Counselor

Admit it, you’ve had full on conversations with your dog. And why not, they’re the best listeners and they don’t judge you. They just look at you with love, nuzzle into you, and give you the supportive lick here and there.

7. Royalty

Dogs act like they own the place and run the show, because, well they do. They know they’re the King or Queen of everything and they’re not afraid to show it.

8. Paper Shredder

Why buy a machine that shreds paper when you have a dog that loves to shred things?

9. Gas Man

We’re pretty sure we aren’t talking about the gas for your car or the natural gas for your home here. Although if you could harness the gas of dogs and turn into fuel, then all of us dog owners might be millionaires.

10. Cat Herder

We can’t have these cats just running amuck.

Would one of these be your dog’s day job? If not, tell us in the comments what their day job would be!


  • Great post, Jack and brought a smile to my face today. I’d have to say that my Beagle’s day job was paper shredder. We often came home to a garbage can turned over that usually contained papers and she had a thing about Kleenex’s. Interestingly, the garbage can in the kitchen which was under the counter where she could open the door, she never tried to get into that one – which to me would have been the logical one to turn over and see what’s inside!

  • Donna Supinger

    Lady’s job would be protecting the store from squirrels. Anymore any squirrel entering our yard runs the minute they hear the door opening.

  • Sharon

    My Corgi would be a squirrel chaser rather than a cat chaser. Suzie even wants badly to climb the trees where the squirrels are hurling things down at her, but her little nubby tail is going like crazy at the same time.

  • Libby

    Clearly our Brittany lives up to his name and is in the Royalty category… Prince Augustus Sweetjazz (Gus)!

  • Janet

    My two Newfs could be considered for any of your top ten but would be best suit for envelope sealers with plenty of drool left over

  • Rachel

    This post was really cute and made me laugh. Roxy, our fluffy little tri-color Pom, is definitely a motivational speaker!

  • Laurie

    We have a dog that also enjoys tissues, napkins or anything of paper origin. She never at them, just tore them up and spread throughout like confetti. We have since put the trash can up and we thought we solved the issue. We came home the last few days and found out she has moved onto pencils. I think she started to write a complaint with the pencil but we she couldn’t locate paper..she did the next best thing. Now where are those envelopes and stamps?

  • Robin

    My greyhound, Gabriel (Gabe), would hold a couple of positions; personal trainer, food taster and counselor. As one quote I read said, “I wish I could be as good a person as my dog believes I am”

  • Jacqueline

    My dog would be great at working in a recycling center, she loves to tear down boxes until they are flat so they fit nicely in our recycle bins, she also breaks down plastic water bottles and milk cartons or plastic jugs. Everything is nice and flat after she breaks them down so it saves room in the recycle bin for other recycled items. She is very conscientious about being green and eco-friendly. Fabulous job for her and others out there with a similar interest and job skill.

  • Marilyn

    Doorman! or perhaps Hearing Aid! Sammi2 (a mostly Westie rescue) is convinced no one else in the house can hear or tell that someone is at the door and she must bark and run back and forth to get us to answer the door. Or check on the trash trucks out back or the squirrels running across the roof…….or the skunks nesting under the deck…….Oh, yeah….

  • Patty

    My two dogs have both been the “quality controler” on the food that lands on the floor, or even if left too close the the edge of the counter. My cockerspaniel would be the “any” animal herder that happens to be in the back yard, while my Lab would be there to bring it to “Momma”.

  • Ruth

    Yup. Kelpie’s “day job” is squirrel patrol. Her night job is possum patrol. How can she sleep when something might be in her yard?

  • Carmen Nunez

    I Have 3 dogs 2 cats & a snake! A Zoo!
    Honey our eldest dog is a Princess; professional Love & Kiss giver!
    Yankee is our mop making sure the floor is spotless, no crumbs left behind ^_^
    And Lastly Snoopy helps to pre wash All the dishes even those tough scrub, stuck on dishes!
    Gotta Love’m!


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