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From topics like emotional support dogs vs service dogs, to partnering with your working dog, the Working Like Dogs Blog is about working, caring, and living fully with your working dog. Dog nutrition, puppy-raising, service animal laws, service dog requirements, aging dogs, dogs in public, traveling with dogs, supplies & equipment and any other trending subjects are discussed.
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While guide dog use reduces the risk of falls for visually impaired people, there is an increase in complaints about joint pain. Researchers at the University of North Georgia are studying the root causes of pain to increase the quality of life for people who use guide dogs.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Courthouse Dogs Foundation Conference in Seattle, Washington. Dr. James Ha, renowned animal behaviorist and researcher offered a workshop on Canine Stress Identification and Prevention. I’ll share what I learned here.
My current service dog, Lovey, was trained by Assistance Dogs of the West. I was thrilled that ADW was recently were honored with an award from the Santa Fe Community Foundation as an organization that uses a bold approach to solve a persistent problem in the community.
We recently were introduced to a long article about K9s for Warriors and the work that they do with veterans and service dogs that we wanted to share with you. The article talks about the organization, as well as a couple of partnerships between military veterans and their specially trained service dogs.
It certainly “takes a village” to raise and train an assistance dog. But many people have no idea of the time and work involved. They also may not realize that not every dog that starts training makes it through. Pick of the Litter is a documentary providing a view into this process.