My Service Dog, Jade

Service Dog Dangers

Because service dogs go everywhere with their owners, their called "service dog teams," they are the most vulnerable of dogs. Service dogs are exposed to all kinds of dangers, and one of the things that most concerns me, when I'm out with my service dog, are loose/roaming dogs that attack. As you can tell by my blog list, I'm not a fan of pit bulls, and NO, I don't think they should be used as service dogs or therapy dogs.  That's my opinion, take it or leave it.  Many service dogs out there are getting attacked, mauled, and even killed by loose/roaming pit bulls, and other dogs, and not only does it break my heart, it's infuriating! Most people consider their dogs very valuable; however, service dogs are even more valuable to the people they assist.  No service dog team should have to live in fear of being attacked by a vicious, fighting-bred, dog when they are out completing their daily living tasks.  This has happened several times to different service dog teams, and it's plain sickening! I think pit bulls and pit bull type dogs should be extremely regulated, as their often found roaming the streets, and attacks by these dogs are not like attacks by other dogs. They're brutal and often deadly attacks.  These attacks are causing service dogs extreme distress, a lot of money, and often causing the team to have to retire their service dog...that is, if it lives through the attack.  I'm disgusted with these attacks, and it NEEDS TO STOP!

A video plea to stay away and keep your pets away from working dogs.

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Beagle service dog recovers from pit bull attack

Service Dog Attacked by Humane Society Pitbull, Owner Waits for Vet Bill Help, Apology

News: Service dog attacked on walk with owner

An Off Leash Dog Ruined My Life: A Service Dog’s Story

Pasco: Disabled woman rescued service animal when roaming dogs attacked

VIDEO: Lancaster Woman's Service Dog Brutally Attacked

Police have released CCTV footage of a blind woman's guide dog being savaged by a terrier-type dog at a railway station.

Oshawa family horrified after guide dog attacked

Cocker Spaniel attacked Guide Dog

Deaf Woman's Service Dog Attacked by Pit Bulls in L.A.

Wheelchair bound Woman and Service Dog attacked by Pit Bulls

Disabled Boy Watches As His Dog is Mauled by Pit Bull

A Handbook For Guide Dog Team Attacks

Assisting Handlers After Attacks:

"Financially, “the price of loose dog attacks to both the blind handler and the dog may be extraordinary. Such attacks can be costly in terms of injury, veterinary care, dog guide retraining and replacement, emotional trauma and loss of mobility for the blind handler” (Ben- nett, 2001, p. 6). Another financial con- sideration is the possibility of lost wages as a result of injury or mobility. Roberts of The Seeing Eye (cited in Bennett, 2001), wrote a letter representing the perspective of “most, if not all, such schools” (p. 9) describing the consequences of attacks on dog guides as “tragic and costly” (p. 8). 

“Handlers’ emotional reactions to the attack included being angry (14.6 per cent), shaken (29.2 per cent), wary/ anxious of dogs or the area (18.8 per cent), upset (18.8 per cent), shocked (14.6 per cent), losing confidence (8.3 per cent)” (Brooks et al., 2010, p. 780). This information indicates that such attacks af- fect handlers psychologically and emotionally.Given the close relationship between dog guides and their handlers, it is possible that handlers perceive that these attacks are not only on their dogs, but on themselves. This may especially be the case when handlers perceive that their dog guides are an extension of them- selves. Dog guide instructors in the field have interviewed handlers whose dog guides have been attacked by other dogs and have described the attacks as traumatic (Simone, personal communication, October 7, 2010).  

Please get your service dogs vaccinated, on time!


  1. That article on assisting handlers after attacks forgot Stage 4: Ban all the pit-bull type dogs, breeds, mixes, derivatives and cousins. Make it a felony to own such a dog.

    Something makes me uneasy about helping a handler get over a horrendous and unnecessary trauma and talking about 'empowerment', while not naming and dealing with the reality that caused it in the first place. Worse yet, while not recognizing the ever-increasing risk that it will happen again, as SPCAs and such push more and more pit bulls on people, telling them these monsters are dogs like any other.

    I suppose a society that doesn't care that much about its children being savaged will care even less about service dogs. Sorry if I sound a bit agitated, but the politically correct tone of that article annoyed me. We need people like these authors to be coming out and saying it straight like it is.

    1. Sputnik2009, thank you. I think you've said it all here. Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment on my blog.

  2. one of our organizations mobility service dog was attacked by a vicious Doxie/Beagle mix that slipped its collar. We do not yet know if the service dog is going to be O.K. mentally to do its job or not. 2 years of hard work into this dog by owner and their organization trainer.

    Morning walk with dog before work turned quickly into a nightmare. No shelter, rescue, person, etc., should be able to place a dog that is aggressive in any form, for any reason. People can not manage their aggressive dogs and will not manage them and will not keep as close a watch on the dog as it needs. sooner or later it will get loose and when it does, it is at the expense of a good dog owner or service dog or therapy dog or child with a dog. there should be laws making it illegial to re-home or place any dog with a history of aggression towards anyone or anything.

  3. I completely agree with you, Anonymous. I'm so sorry this has happened to one of your dogs. I sincerely hope the dog can recover and still perform its duties. It's very frustrating and tragic that these attacks continue to happen to any dog, much less a guide or service dog.

    I completely agree that NO dog with a history of biting or aggression should be able to be rehomed or adopted out. You're right! Nevertheless, the shelters continue to do this, saying the dog as been rehabilitated, etc. If they refuse to put these dogs down, then they should ONLY be able to go to a rescue organization to live out the rest of their lives, that's it. We have to start addressing this issue by writing to our law makers and shelters and demanding that they change their practices.

    Thank you for stopping by and reading, and taking time to comment.

  4. I have had many dogs in my life. Some as pets some as service dogs. I have worked as a tech in vet clinics and routinely volunteer at the shelter. That is where I became disgusted with the practices there. Now mind you EVERY dog I have had service included came from the pound. How I ended up with my current dog. He had no tail been there four months and a seizure of a bunch of fighting pits was coming in. They needed space his time was up. Many good dogs were lost that day for unadoptable dogs. All of them were deemed adoptable. I'd never trust one. My service dog is with me all day every day. A girl at work wanted to bring her pit she claimed was a service dog for emotional support note ESA are NOT considered service dogs. They refused on the basis it was a pit and the city has a ban on them. A month or so later she claimed she got a new dog and it was a lab mix. One look at this dog and you could tell it was a pit. However due to good experiences with my dog they let it in. It attempted to attack my dog while he was simply laying in my office. I defended my dog and fortunately he was okay but terrified. I depend on this dog due to intractable epilepsy. He had saved my life more than once. If I had lost him it would have been enormous damage. It makes things extremely hard. The dog was banned but just last weekend I see the pit bull registry of america promoting them as service dogs and another site promoting it as a therapy dog. Pits require a certain owner that understands they own a loaded gun. They do have a place but remember they were bred for bear baiting something that required fearless aggression. You want to risk the public with that ? Not me.

  5. It almost happened to me with my last service Dog, I use standard Poodles. We were sitting at a vet minding our own business, a small woman gets led in my a huge pit and he immediately pulled away from her and attacked the closest dog, a GS that had to go into immediate surgery. We were the second from the door or my red poodle would probably be dead.
    On vacation last year at a pet friendly hotel I was walking my apricot poodle when a pit, on a leash, came around the corner and dragged his owner 20 feet trying to attack us. His owner was a man, over 200 pounds. We turned and ran. The owner of the hotel said he wouldn't have allowed a pit but he listed it as a terrier. These dogs have no place in society. To make matters worse, there are unscrupulous people rescuing them and putting them though 2 weeks of training then pawning them off as PTSD dogs on our soldiers.all over Texas and Fla.with no trained task skills and insufficient public training or temperament testing. People are claiming them as SD to keep them in communities that have banned them.
    They may have a military purpose but never as a SD in my opinion, ever!

  6. Just recently my psychiatric services dog was mauled and killed by a pit bull. It was just ask week and everyday I reay the horrific incident that I was forced to watch and try to break up. Could you imagine an 80lb pit bull against ab4lb chihuahua.... My life will never be the same.

  7. My dog, it seems he was abused at an early age, because he has clinged to me, since the two days he spent at the shelter. I have had him for over 10 years.

    I don't need service dog, because he will attack anyone that threatens him or me. However, I think he needs one, after he was attacked by a pit bull.

    Now our walks consist of the driveway and not a block, unless it is wee hours of the night. Never during the daytime. He used go when I had a cat, but she disappeared as well. I looked for her but to no avail, for months at the shelter, she wasn't found.

    So, I got him a ktten. He plays good with him, but I don't want to chance the kitten disappearing, now that he is used to him.

    Just one of these days, he can get past his fears. And he knows the house. The cat that disappeared misteriously, was the cat that helped him through his fear. I miss trouble the tabby.