From New York Newsday's column ANIMAL HOUSE:
Today the "job" of most companion animals is to be objects of affection. But animal behaviorists tell us what should be common sense: The more intelligent the creature, the greater its need for industriousness. Deprived of creative stimulation, birds pluck their own feathers, cats shred upholstery and dogs chomp expensive moldings.
So on this first Monday in September, here are some part-time jobs to explore for the animal in your life. All of them require human participation, because - as that zany, long-gone sock puppet used to say - pets can't drive.
And how to train all these occupations, according to Newsday's Denise Flaim? Clicker training, of course!