Category Archives: Animals at your Service

Four Legged Animals Are Passengers Too:How Safe Are They?

I’ve often wondered about the safety of my trained and certified canine companions while I’m racing across town or country in motorized vehicles and flying machines. My previous dog guide, Frisco, was with me when I attended a teachers’ conference. … Read more

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Helper Monkeys For People With Disabilities

Helping Hands trains, matches and places free of charge monkey helpers in the homes of people who live with disabilities. Recipients are people who live with mobility impairments like spinal cord injuries as well as other types of disability. Helping … Read more

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Service animals and other creatures

Instructors of service animals, to get the best results, use only positive learning strategies to acquire the best possible outcome of animals in training. “Force” and “fear” tactics do not work. When my dog guide Telly was new to our … Read more

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Methods for training and working Service Dogs: Part One

How is your service animal trained? I have a dog guide. There are many methods for training dog guides alone. I went on the Canine Assistance website to read and learn more about this service dog program. What caught my … Read more

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Are Streets And Sidewalks Safe For Our Service Dogs?

Minnesota law puts teeth behind penalties to hold accountable anybody who allows aggressive, unsupervised dogs to attack and injures a service dog. The law states, “A person who negligently harms a service animal or otherwise renders a service animal unable … Read more

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Southeastern Guide Dogs For The Blind: Canine Connections for Visually Impaired Youth

Jack was born prematurely at 1.4 pounds. He went from not being able to sit up on his own at 13 months old to walking off of a school bus when he was almost 10 years old. Jack is legally … Read more

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Hospital Visits: Dogs At Your Bedside

Who brings their service dog to the hospital? I did. Some friends of mine have too. A friend of mine, who is currently being treated in a hospital, brought his service dog along. His wife sent out an e-mail on … Read more

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Companion Dog or Service Dog: New Department of Justice Ruling

I talked with a lady on the bus who told me why she brought her emotional support dog with her. She said the dog helped her stay calm and the dog was her companion. This companion dog was a little … Read more

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The Only Middle East Dog Guide Center for the Blind

“Blindness does not discriminate, and neither do we. We will train any Israeli citizen – Arab or Jew – as long as they can prove to us that the guide dog will help them to resume a productive life — … Read more

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Pet Accolades matches dogs to mentally ill clients

Let me introduce you to Pet Accolades, a recently formed nonprofit, whose staff matches people who live with mental illness with a dog. The dogs help clients with various tasks. “Clients will not be charged” for the training or the … Read more

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