THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATES: a service animal must be individually trained to do work or perform tasks of benefit to a disabled individual in order to be legally elevated from pet status to service animal status. It is the specially trained tasks or work performed on command that legally exempts a service dog … Continue reading A sampling of PTSD service dog tasks
SOME VERSION OF THIS has likely happened more than once to anyone training a service dog. Someone is inappropriate with you. Whether it's the public, business owners, or even family members, here's my advice: choose whether you want to stand and fight, let it go, or deal with it later. Choose your battler. Sometimes you … Continue reading An unfortunate incident at PetSmart
I think the prospect of training your own service dog is very scary. And it should be! It is an enormous amount of work and requires ironclad commitment, not only from you but from everyone in your household. When you are dealing with a disability, this may seem like a daunting task. But it IS … Continue reading The Importance of a Good Support System
Note: Levi is a seven-month-old Lab being owner-trained by his family as a service dog for seven-year-old Micah. Read his mom, Nicole's first post here and learn a little about the family on our contributor page. Firsts in life are always learning experiences. Rarely do we get something perfect on the first try and the same … Continue reading “Firsts” with Micah and Levi, his service dog in training
Let me just begin by saying this: training your own service dog is a lot of work. Like, a LOT. My girl is energetic and playful, and she loves to train. Mostly she loves it because she's powerless against cookies (ha!), but also because training means she has my undivided attention. We are "playing" all these … Continue reading Training Today and Everyday
I NEVER WANTED A DOG. WE never wanted a dog, the adults, that is. Don’t get me wrong, dogs are great, when they are someone else’s responsibility. A kid is plenty of responsibility for us. A kid with special needs….more than enough. A kid with special needs AND a dog? Our cup runneth over. But … Continue reading Levi, the autism service dog in training
Training your own service dog isn’t cheap, it’s not easy and there’s no guarantee of success. THE AVERAGE PERSON who wants a service for him or herself or a loved one and decides to owner-train, likely has a 50:50 chance of succeeding. That's not scientific. It's an observation based on my career as a service dog … Continue reading Owner-training: does it work?