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Service Dogs in Action

Watch a service dog in action. A 2nd video shows the impact of one child with autism when he gets a service dog named Gus.

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Can a working dog save us from terrorist attacks?

There is a new type of working dog, trained specifically to combat the explosives used by terrorists. Unlike bomb dogs, which focus on a stationary object, the “anti-terrorist” trained dog can follow the vapor from explosives, which lingers in the air and on the terrorists’ clothes or body.

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When Your Service Dog is Refused Entry

What would you do if you have a qualified service dog, but someone prevents you from entering his or her business? A quick review of the regulations is included in this post.

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Reversal of Fortune: An Extraordinary Story of a Guide Dog

In an extraordinary reversal, a young British blind woman with a seeing eye dog, has an operation that partially restores much of her vision. Then, her guide dog loses her vision and the young woman becomes her “seeing eye” guide.

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Can you hear me now?

As our population ages, hearing dogs trained to aid the deaf, could also become a critical asset for thousands of people who have seriously diminished hearing.

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The Newfoundland as a Service Dog?

Larger dogs might be more helpful as service dogs for some types of disabilities, such as balance. The Newfoundland is highly regarded for its calm disposition, stable temperament and working history. What are the pros and cons for using this breed as a service dog? With help from McKenzie, the “Newfie” belonging to Tom and […]

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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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