Category Archives: Service Dogs

Doctor Sophia Yin’s – The Do’s And the Don’ts When Playing with Dogs

Is your dog working? Can I pet your dog? Does he bite? These are questions I’m asked almost every day. If a person interferes with a service dog or dog guide while the dog is working, the distraction can make … Read more

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Uneasy Truce Over End of State Shut Down: What the Future May Hold For Handlers and Helper Animals on Buses

If Metropolitan Council raises fares and cuts service on Metro Transit buses, what does the future hold? There are no statistics available on how many handlers of service animals use door-to-door and fixed route transit. Though there is some mention … Read more

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Surfing A New Cyber Space Site For Pets (Service Animals Like To Shop Too)

Does your service animal ever get a day off? People often ask me if my dog guide ever has play time. Do service animals like monkeys, cats and pygmy horses have fun? Colleen Taylor just introduced wag.com, a new Amazon … Read more

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Airport screening and service animals

Is the security scrutiny at airports of service animals the same before and after 9/11? Fellow passengers seemed to be quickly sent on their way while my dogs and I had to undergo more lengthy screening. I was afraid we’d … Read more

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Healthy Foods for Canine Helpers

What do you feed your service animal? That question is sometimes followed with, can I give your dog some food? I was on my way to work. My dog guide Frisco had stopped again, but I didn’t know why. A … Read more

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Driver Orders Dog Guide To Ride In Taxi Trunk

In order to ride in a Denver (Colorado) Union Taxi Cooperative Cab, the driver told Judy Brown she had to put her dog guide Alberto in the trunk of his car. Denver media picked up on the story.. Said Brown, … Read more

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Dogs Give Unconditionally: The Journey to Adopt Disabled Military Working Dogs, Part Two

Military working dogs that were disabled or grew old were not usually adopted by their handlers or the public until recent changes were made. Current programs may allow for the adoption of these dogs. These programs have changed over the … Read more

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The Journey to Adopt Disabled Military Working Dogs

“…I will quietly listen to you And pass no judgment. Nor will your spoken words be repeated. I will remain ever silent, ever vigilant, ever loyal. And when our time together is done and you move on in the world, … Read more

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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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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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