My Service Dog, Jade

Thursday, February 16, 2012

All Things Service Dog

Well, here it is....my blog.  I've seen some blogs about service dogs, but wanted my own to discuss any and everything related to service dogs.  I am a disabled Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Navy that is, and have my own service dog.  You can see her photo here.  She's still in training, but has almost completed all classes, and I have to brag; she flew threw the program.  She's been trained to assist me with many tasks, which include retrieving, opening and closing doors, and bracing as far as the mobility assistance goes. She's also been trained to alert me when people get too close, and when I'm getting too anxious, nervous, or worked up.  (We're still working on that part). She'll be moving on to pre-certification in a few weeks, and has skipped a few classes along the way; she's smart as a whip, and tends to learn a little quicker than other dogs.  We've been in training for about 25 weeks now, and normally, it takes a couple of years for dogs to get through the program, to certification level.  I'm very proud of her, as you can probably see, but I believe I have good reason to be. Although some people choose to train their own dog/s for service on their own, we chose to go through an accredited program, and it's not cheap. I have my reasons for choosing an accredited program, and I'll get to those later. I acquired JJ from a breeder, and registered with the AKC.  I raised her from a pup of 11 weeks, and didn't imagine then that she'd be doing what she's doing now. What a great dog! I'm sure there are people out there who'd like to brag about their service dogs as well, and I welcome you here to do it.  I'd love to hear your stories, and I'm sure others would too.  I will be using this blog to discuss all things service dog, and there's a lot to discuss! So if you have something to bring to the table, bring it! Welcome to Dogs In Service!

2 comments:

  1. welcome to the world of blogging. The messages you have for the entire dog owning community is vital. You are so very brave in telling your story. Let's work hard to make sure gripping dogs and service dogs are never in the same sentence, because a gripping dog has become a service dog (dangerous issue) or because a gripping dog has destroyed the life of a service dog.

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  2. Thank you, Anne, for your comment. It's true that many gripping dogs (pit bull type dogs) have ruined the life of many a service dog, and their handlers. It's important to realize that when a service dog is injured, the life of its handler is also severely injured. These dogs are often the eyes, ears, arms and legs of their handlers, and provide their handlers with independence and freedom they wouldn't otherwise have. People MUST keep their dogs on leashes! The dogs are invaluable to their handlers and deserve the respect and space to perform their work.

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