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The Critical Role of a PTSD Service Dog


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has perhaps existed for as long as humanity has experienced trauma, but it was not until 1980 that it became a mental health diagnosis. Research from the VA has shown that approximately 6% of the population experiences PTSD in their lifetime. This particularly impacts veterans, who are more likely to suffer from PTSD than civilians. Frightening or high-stress events bring on the condition, and the symptoms are grouped into four main categories: intrusion or re-experiencing, avoidance, alteration in mood and cognition, and hyperarousal. A PTSD service dog is a unique tool in helping those suffering from PTSD [...]

The Critical Role of a PTSD Service Dog2023-11-30T18:32:09+00:00

The Journey of Service Dog Training


A service dog is a working animal which can be trained to help people with visual impairments, hearing impairments, autism, PTSD, diabetes, seizures, allergies and mobility issues. A service dog can be very useful to its owner/guardian, but it's not always affordable for people to get a dog which has already been trained. A trained service dog can cost you $15,000—$50,000. As a result, many people opt to go the DIY route; they get a dog which is still a puppy and train it to be a service dog. As long as the dog has the right temperament, it can [...]

The Journey of Service Dog Training2023-11-28T05:32:24+00:00

Qualifying for a Service Animal: Part 3


Protecting, Training, and Advocating for Your Service Dog Service dogs provide invaluable assistance to individuals with disabilities, but their well-being and effectiveness depend on various factors. In this third segment of our series on qualifying for a service dog, we delve into the crucial aspects of protecting your dog, the responsibility and challenge of training, and addressing skepticism about these incredible canine companions.  Protecting Your Service Dog Protecting your service dog is paramount, and it starts with ensuring their safety from physical harm. While service dogs are trained to behave, it's essential to be cautious around other dogs and people. [...]

Qualifying for a Service Animal: Part 32023-10-25T17:22:07+00:00

Service Dog Vests & Harnesses


Service dogs are everyday heroes trained to help individuals with disabilities by performing specific tasks or jobs to ensure the individual is as safe as possible. Service dogs play an instrumental role in the safety, protection, and well-being of the individuals they assist. Oftentimes, the general public may not be aware of the importance of service dogs and the role they play. In addition, people on the street may not have an appreciation, or understanding, that the service dog is working when he or she is with their person. This is where service dog vests and harnesses can be of [...]

Service Dog Vests & Harnesses2023-09-21T21:25:07+00:00

4 Things to Know Before You Get a Service Dog


Getting a service dog is one of the biggest blessings in life for those of us who have disabilities. The benefits of having a partner, like my dog Justice, can be life changing. However, that does not mean that service dogs do not come without their own set of challenges. Here are 4 things you should know before you get a service dog: Getting a Service Dog is a Big Commitment - What Should You Know? Service Dogs Require a Lot of Training! That is worth repeating: Service dogs require a lot of training! It does not [...]

4 Things to Know Before You Get a Service Dog2023-08-25T20:31:12+00:00

Pawsitively Inspiring: 5 Service Dog Social Media Accounts to Follow Today


In a world of scrolling, double-tapping, and sharing, social media has become a wellspring of entertainment and information. One niche that has risen in prominence over the years revolves around service dogs and their handlers.More than just cute and heartwarming, these accounts offer invaluable lessons on ADA service dog laws and service dog education. Following these accounts not only provides a glimpse into the daily life of service dog handlers but also spreads awareness and understanding of the important role service dogs play. It's a great place to learn about service dog advocacy.Read on for five stand out social media accounts [...]

Pawsitively Inspiring: 5 Service Dog Social Media Accounts to Follow Today2023-07-27T21:55:51+00:00

What does it take to have a service dog?


Service dogs are a blessing - but how do you get a service dog? Who qualifies for a service dog? What all do you have to do? These are questions that I get all the time, being a service dog handler myself. So, I have put together a comprehensive guide: “What does it take to have a service dog?” 1. You Must Have a Disability That Qualifies You for a Service Animal There are many different disabilities that qualify you to have a service dog. In many cases, these disabilities may be invisible. Some examples of disabilities that [...]

What does it take to have a service dog?2023-07-27T20:07:20+00:00

The Impact of Social Media on Service Dog Advocacy


Social media rules our lives. It's no shocker that it's an advocacy and education tool also. Dedicated service dog accounts on social media highlight these animals and their handlers. They bring attention to their roles and rights.  How Social Media Effects Service Dog Advocacy Awareness and Education: Social media platforms give service dog advocates a voice. They spread awareness and educate the public on their purpose. With a few clicks, they can reach thousands, sparking conversations and dispelling falsehoods. Community Building: Service dog-related hashtags and groups bring together like-minded individuals. People share experiences, advice, and resources, forging connections once limited [...]

The Impact of Social Media on Service Dog Advocacy2023-07-14T20:26:27+00:00

Qualifying and Deciding to Get a Service Dog


Am I Eligible for a Service Dog? The first thing used to determine if someone qualifies for a service dog is their need. Your disability determines who is eligible for a service dog. A lot of people born with disabilities qualify differently than those that developed a disability later on. If you have a mobility disability (such as needing a wheelchair), you would qualify for a different type of service dog than you would if you had diabetes. In many cases a doctor may need to sign off on a person’s qualifications in order to be determined eligible for [...]

Qualifying and Deciding to Get a Service Dog2023-05-31T20:28:20+00:00

Who Qualifies for a Service Dog?


One of the most common questions people ask about service dogs is "how to qualify for a service dog?" Sometimes, when a person has an invisible disability, other people or business owners question their need for one or their right to take their service dog into businesses, airplanes, etc. The ADA has specific guidelines for who qualifies for a service dog, and understanding these qualifications is key to supporting service dogs and their handlers. Qualifying for a Service Dog The ADA defines a person with a disability as individuals with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits [...]

Who Qualifies for a Service Dog?2024-02-27T21:47:32+00:00