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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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You might think a leash is just a leash, but the one I use for my service dog, Lovey, is one I bought from the 505 Leash Project. I love this leash!
The leashes are handmade by military veterans and a percentage of the proceeds from leash sales benefits Assistance Dogs of the West based in Santa Fe, NM
There’s a lot of confusion about the Fair Housing Act. The laws pertaining to service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy animals in the Housing Act are not the same as those for Public Access under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Here’s some information.
My retired service dog, Whistle, has been fortunate with being in good health most of his life, but now that he’s 13, he’s really been having mobility issues. My husband and I started to notice him losing his balance and even falling last year. We took Whistle to his regular veterinarian and he recommended veterinary rehabilitation, which is something like physical therapy for people, but designed for animals. At his first visit to Bounce Back, the practice run by veterinarian Dr. Sue McKelvey, we were blown away by the physical activities she had Whistle do. There was a therapy pool where he walked on a treadmill in water, agility exercises with FitPAWS equipment and a little trampoline, and laser treatment.
Lovey and I had the awesome opportunity to recently serve on a working group led by the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Assistance Dogs of the West. Our task was to create a Model Guideline for Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters for New Mexico. We wanted to share this Guideline and accompanying video with you in case you might be interested in developing something similar for your state or local organization. The guideline we developed was based on Washington state’s policy. It provides practical information to domestic violence direct service providers about service and support animals, but it can also be used as guidance for any program or business that is open to the public.
FitPAWS is fun for working dogs and their partners. It keeps dogs fit and builds the human-animal bond. Marcie Davis talks about her own experience using FitPAWS and talks to Jill Felice, Founder and Program Director of Assistance Dogs of the West about how she uses FitPAWS for dog training.