On my personal Facebook page and in my Service Dog Training Institute group, I have shared many links about the concerns of using a ball to exercise your service dog. If you have a ball obsessed service dog, or if…
Since many people have Golden Retrievers as their service dog, I thought I would include this study. Interestingly, my previous Golden was spayed at 7 mos and was definitely longer-legged than her siblings who were not (conformation dogs). She lived…
A Service Dog with Gas is more than Just Embarrassing! Has your service dog ever passed gas in a public place while working. It's embarrassing isn't it?Well, for the dog there could be much more going on.If it happens occasionally,…
Since many people have Golden Retrievers as their service dog, I thought I would include this study. Interestingly, my previous Golden Retriever was spayed at 7 mos and was definitely longer-legged than her siblings who were not (conformation dogs). She…
Spay or Not and At What Age? You'll hear many things about whether or not and what age to alter a dog. You need to do your research before you decide what is appropriate for you, your dog and your…
Hopefully, two of your criteria for choosing your assistance dog were that he would be physically and mentally capable of doing any task that you would require of him. As the trainer as well as owner/handler of a service dog,…
Since puppy season will soon be upon us and many of you may be looking at litters, this post may be helpful to narrow down breeders.Spay or Not and At What Age? You'll hear many things about whether or not…
Not all labs are equal.Temperament and health problems are linked to the genetics of the 'silver' labs.https://notosilverlabs.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/the-dilute-gene-in-labrador-retrievers-health-problems/Interestingly, the few I have met locally all have had either skin issues or been over reactive dogs. Are you willing to put that…
Hip Dysplasia (HD) is the worry of every service dog handler. New research and some anecdotal information has recently come to light to help prevent it. Puppies are not born with it but most dogs start showing signs of HD…