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Sizing up the dogs

Many dog lovers claim to love all canine types and sizes, and in a world where the tiniest breeds average only 5 pounds to those weighing over 150, this is a remarkable range of taste. Nevertheless, it does seem as if Americans prefer larger dogs.  Perhaps it is our culture (“bigger is better”?) or perhaps […]

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Etiquette with Service Dogs

The other day I was in line to pay at an office supplies store with my service dog sitting quietly by my side. Then, quite suddenly, I felt the leash stiffen. My dog suddenly stood up and twisted his head to look behind him. I did the same and discovered that the man waiting behind […]

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The Extraordinary History of Guide Dogs

September is National Guide Dog Month. Today, most people in North America are familiar with guide dogs, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, early in the last century, the idea of using a dog to help a blind person get around seemed preposterous. The history of using a dog to guide someone with […]

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Pets vs Service Dogs

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. This year, IADW was August 4-10, 2013.  During that time, there was a considerable jump in news and questions about assistance dogs. But, Dr. B is sorry to report, there were just as […]

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Service Dog Regulations: United States

We received an important question from renown dog trainer, Pat Brown-John, the director of  All About Obedience.  Although the example she gives is related to private training, this is an important issue, one with direct ramifications for others who want to train their own dog or have a professional trainer do it.  I therefore asked […]

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Service Dog Regulations: Canada

  We received an important question from renown dog trainer, Pat Brown-John, the director of  All About Obedience.  Although the example she gives is related to private training, this is an important issue, one with direct ramifications for others who want to train their own dog or have a professional trainer do it.  I therefore […]

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Famous Dogs: Dug from Up

Famous Dogs: Dug, Movie Dog with Service Dog Qualities

Did you see the movie, Up? Dug the dog character in Up, embodies the ideal temperament and qualities of a service or therapy dog.

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What is a Service Dog?

What is a service dog? A service dog is not a pet. A service dog performs some of the functions a person cannot do for themselves. For example….

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