Tech Talk with Intel: Will Robotic Dogs Guide the Blind?

Will robots and other technology replace guide dogs? I’ll never forget the first day of service dog team training. One of the first things the trainers told us was, “Your new dog is not a robot.” And, here we are 20 years later talking about robots as assistance dogs. Intel’s technology, as it relates to assistance dogs, was recently discussed …

How to Choose the Best Chew Toy for Your Assistance Dog

Toys are an important part of your assistance dog’s overall health and well-being. Having appropriate, engaging chew toys is important not only for entertainment but it can also support their dental health and ease anxiety. I don’t know about you but when I got my first assistance dog, I did not have much experience with highly trained dogs and I …

Service dogs and pinch collars: help or hindrance?

We really enjoy watching professional dog trainers work their dogs. I am amazed at how they can command their dog’s attention and maintain a level of control over their dog’s head through the use of a leash and collar. As a wheelchair user, handling a dog can be challenging. From a sitting position, it can be more difficult to manage …

Leading the Pack in Service Dog Equipment

Most service dogs come with the basic equipment that they will need to do their jobs such as a backpack, harness, identification patch, etc. Every service dog agency is different and each agency has a different set of tools and equipment that they provide to each recipient. When I got my first service dog, she came with a backpack that …