Saturday, January 31, 2015

Importance of Grandparents when Choosing a Service Dog Candidate

Here's an article that will be helpful for those searching for a service dog.
A summary of several studies that show the importance of treatment and living conditions of grandparents, as well as parents, and early and growing environment of a potential service dog.  It's a nice summary. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Need to Fine Tune Your Dog's Retrieve?

Learn how in your own home during my 6 week online course!
102 video clips and over 25 photos in my upcoming "Cabin Fever" class. Wow! Just got them uploaded and ready to roll.
That's many details for anyone wanting to learn some games to notch up their dogs retrieve of any and all items, no matter how odd, delicate or small! Designed for people training their own service dogs.
Scent discrimination is included! It really should be called 'Fine Tuning your Dog's Retrieve'!
You'll more than get your money's worth for US $65 for a bronze spot. Really want to get involved? sign up for silver or gold and get specific personal feedback when you submit 3 weekly videos!
Registration has started and class starts Feb 1, 2015  Join the fun!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Are Service Dogs in British Columbia Required to Wear Vests?

No. The only identification a service dog is required to wear is the collar tag that is issued by the BC Ministry of Justice.

If owners prefer that their dog is more easily visible as a service dog, they may also wear a vest or collar patch. Some dogs, however, do not enjoy wearing them and it may be an added level of stress.

Some owner-trained dogs have the dog wear a 'Service Dog in Training' patch to alert the public that their dog is in training but is working.

In other areas of Canada and the US, the laws are different. You need to consult your federal and locals laws on service dogs for details.