I have never put a lot of thought into defining what I considered a "working dog" before this.
To me a working dog was a dog that was trained to complete a specific task, whether it was police, protection, service or therapy work.
Webster defines work as
work 1 a : to exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose or under compulsion or necessity b : to perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations
Since I started training Birdie and learned more about dog training, I've expanded that to include agility, obedience, flyball etc, because the dog is training to a specific task, so in my mind it is working.
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