What if your assistance dog outlives you?

An older man and his dog We don’t always think about what will happen if our assistance dog outlives us. Usually our focus is on the grief we’ll feel when our beloved dog goes before us, since dogs usually have a short lifespan. But planning ahead to make sure your assistance dog is cared for if you die before they …

Kurgo Discount Supports International Assistance Dog Week

Kurgo coupon supports IADW I just wanted to let everyone know that Kurgo is offering International Assistance Dog Week supporters a 30% off coupon code they can use to shop at www.kurgo.com. By using the coupon code, SX4A9ED, you’ll not only get a great discount, you’ll help support IADW. A portion of the proceeds from purchases made with the special …

Canine Intelligence: Going into the Mind of Your Dog

Dr. Brian Hare, canine cognition researcher Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Brian Hare on the Working Like Dogs radio show at www.petliferadio.com. Dr. Hare, the Director of the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University, is the author of The Genius of Dogs. Also, he is the co-founder of the innovative website www.dognition.com. This website contains instructional games …

Why do dogs eat grass?

Why do some dogs not only like to lie on the grass, but also eat it? Everyone seems to have a theory about why dogs sometimes eat grass, but nobody really knows for certain. Some people think dogs eat grass to get more fiber in their diet.  But since modern commercial diets contain enough fiber, that theory has been dismissed …

Meeting new dogs: What’s the best approach?

Service dog Whistle and his new friend, Bueno, after their first meeting   As an experienced assistance dog handler, you may consider yourself to be a total “dog person,” but that doesn’t mean you should assume it’s OK to approach every unknown dog.  For me and Whistle, getting up close and personal isn’t always the best approach. When I am …

Does my dog need vitamins?

You may take supplements even though you eat well, so does that mean your dog should take vitamins and minerals also? Canine nutrition is an evolving field but today’s high-quality dog foods generally make nutritional supplements unnecessary.  So says the DogWatch newsletter from Cornell University.  They asked Kathryn Michel, DVM, professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania about the …

Assistance Dogs at Craig Hospital

Retired guide dog Heather Recently my husband Franz, Whistle, and I traveled to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for my annual physical and re-evaluation of my disability-related medical needs. I’ve been coming to Craig for over 10 years. They are consistently  recognized as one of the top rehabilitation facilities in the country. During my stays throughout the years, I have …

Food allergies and your dog

My second service dog, Morgan, really suffered from allergies. How common are food allergies in the canine population? Experts think that from 10 to 20 percent of all dogs are affected at some point during their life. Signs of food allergies can be itching, gastrointestinal problems, or both. Occasionally dogs can have seizures and arthritis. These symptoms do not appear …

Going Green – Reducing your Assistance Dog’s Carbon Pawprint

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine had a great article recently on “going green” with your dog. If you are trying to reduce your own carbon footprint and go green, think about how a few simple steps can help you reduce your assistance dog’s impact on the earth as well. Hope you enjoy this synopsis of their points. Feed your …