“5 things everyone should know about Service Dogs” plus one extra

I should have done that Service Dog Google Alert years ago. Today's article comes to us courtesy of Huffington Post who posted a seriously fantastic and incredibly accurate article about 5 things everyone, young and old, should know about service dogs. We promise it's worth the read. But for those without the time, we'll sum … Continue reading “5 things everyone should know about Service Dogs” plus one extra

How not to get that dog out of your place of business.

(A gentle cautionary tale for the nice people on the other side of the counter.) As service dog handlers, we've had our share of outings spoiled by ignorant business owners and representatives, whether out of arrogance, innocence, or carelessness. We have always ultimately succeeded in getting through to someone knowledgeable in the end, though, so … Continue reading How not to get that dog out of your place of business.

Delta Airlines bans “Pit Bull Type” service dogs. Service Dogs in the News

Delta Airlines announced that they will no longer allow service or emotional support dogs who are "pit bull type" dogs on their flights after two people were bitten by dogs in the airports last week. And as bodies governed by the Federal Aviation Administration are one of the very few categories where the ADA doesn't … Continue reading Delta Airlines bans “Pit Bull Type” service dogs. Service Dogs in the News

Service Dogs in the News: A little compassion

The Daily Service Dog: How to answer when questioned about your owner-trained service dog An especially sad article popped up today on our Service Dog Google Alert. Among the daily crop of families and communities across the English-speaking world holding fundraisers to afford a professionally trained service dog was an article about a 62 year … Continue reading Service Dogs in the News: A little compassion

Autistic Burnout: The Cost of Coping and Passing

I want to share this eloquent and informative post from Ryan Boren with you all today as I found it to be vital reading to understand why Autistics can't just "snap out" or may appear to regress as successful adults. I'm in the middle of a significant Autistic  burnout myself and struggling with the effects … Continue reading Autistic Burnout: The Cost of Coping and Passing

You can take this job and chew it

Gavel the former police dog in training has been in the news lately, and not just because he's darn cute: If you're not familiar with Gavel's story, he was bred and trained to become a police sniffer dog in Queensland, Australia.  There was nothing wrong with his sniffer other than a preference for people over … Continue reading You can take this job and chew it

Pet two dogs, and call us in the morning

Dog lovers rejoice! Evidence is pouring in that dogs improve our health, happiness, and even our likelihood of surviving a heart attack.

Shaping natural behaviors into tasks and work  (aka: how to train my attentive pet to be a service dog?) 

Shaping a dog's behavior is one of the most effective positive training methods, because it involves no correction, punishment, or fear on the part of the dog and turns daily living into an adventure of praise, treats, and clicks.  It's easy on the dog, and easy on the human.  When psychiatric work and tasks are … Continue reading Shaping natural behaviors into tasks and work  (aka: how to train my attentive pet to be a service dog?) 

A serious moment: What to do when you’ve been discriminated against on the basis of disability in California (service dog included) 

We've talked about how to defend your right to be where you are with a service dog in Coping with Rejection (a play in 3 acts), but in the immortal words of the Rolling Stones: you can't always get what you want.    Occasionally, you and your service dog are going to be shown the door … Continue reading A serious moment: What to do when you’ve been discriminated against on the basis of disability in California (service dog included) 

Coping With Rejection,* a play in three acts. (*of your service dog)

The ADA offers broad protections for people with disabilities living in America.  Our service dogs are classed with medical devices and are allowed to go everywhere the public is permitted with very few exceptions.* Even in the case of rare and documented exception, the business must allow their customer with disability full and equal access … Continue reading Coping With Rejection,* a play in three acts. (*of your service dog)