Are You In the Know: Life With a Service Dog

Service dogs Are You In the KnowHaving a service dog is absolutely awesome for those who depend on them. Duke the service Dane, for example, helps me to be able to walk, catches me when I fall, and as quickly there when I need him. Although he can be a pain in the butt sometimes, I am so thankful that I have him. He is a bit spoiled and mischievous but he makes me smile and stays by my side.
The downside to having a service dog, is that everywhere you go people want to ask to pet the dog. Service dogs are not to be petted when they’re working boom from their person and their training. With my particular condition, at times, the constant asking actually makes things worse and to be honest, it gets old having to be the bad guy every time someone asks you the adorable dog. It’s not that we don’t want you to pet are dogs but they are working they need to focus and imagine if every time you try to go somewhere one asked you if they could feel your coat. How quickly that could be annoying?
Most people aren’t trying to be rude, many honestly don’t know the etiquette required around a service animal.

Get In the Know:

1. Service animals are not treated as pets when they are working.
2. Service animals have been trained specifically for the needs of their person. (By law)
3. There is a difference between Service Animals, Therapy Animals and emotional support animals.
4. The American Disabilities Act businesses to ask two questions of those with service animals.

  •  is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  • what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

5. I want to explain our disabilities on most days therefore asking what are dog is trained for brings that up. We are not defined by our disability and many of us try very hard not to let it be the focus of our days.
These are just a few things my head that I thought I would share with you today. I’ve written in the past about my health issues and I’m obviously comfortable what discussing them on this forum. If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them and I hope that this I’ll help you a little bit and what service animals are coming from. I am fully aware that these days people have a tendency to put a vest on their dog take them everywhere claiming the necessity is there. While there may be some that do that, not all of us who take our dog places I taking them god of love to our fur babies. I myself have encountered because of those few people that do that. In the bigger picture is actually more harmful then helpful to the greater good of society as it makes those of us whose livelihood on our animal that much more difficult.

Just wanted to add a quick review, Tator got these toys for free in order for me to review them.  We love the ball especially because it seems to be a little tougher than tennis balls.  That’s important when the big dog steals your toys!  LOL.  You can get yours in the link so enjoy!

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