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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
One of the questions people ask a lot about service dogs is how to know who qualifies for one. 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 in 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 [...]
My service dog, Justice, is a huge part of my life. She is trained to perform tasks that are unique to my particular needs. Specifically, Justice is an alert dog: she alerts me of different sounds that I may not otherwise hear. Service dogs provide a variety of tasks based on the needs of their handler. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, service dogs are dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Let’s dive into what that means. Qualifying Service Dogs In order for a dog to [...]