Rainproof Your Puppy NOW!

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It happens every year, especially in areas with a long dry season. The rainy season comes and dogs begin to believe it’s okay to pee in the house. Trainers face a deluge of frantic client calls about housetraining. This happens particularly often with pups who…

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Prisoners

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Martha Hoffman writes about her experiences evaluating potential Service Dogs in some strange backwaters of rural California.  I drive by the sewage treatment plant. I know where most of them are in all the Bay Area counties and beyond. I don’t visit them, they’re just…

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Talk To The Glove

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You can feel them sometimes even before you see them. Maybe it’s just a tingle in your spine, or maybe you see your Service Dog’s body language change. Any time you’re in public it can happen. Drive-By Petter…INCOMING! You’ve asked them politely not to touch your…

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Dr. Evil’s Exam Room Of Horrors

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You look around you and find yourself in a tiny, unfamiliar room. It smells like veterinarians, and your human is jittery. You shiver, and then there’s a knock at the door! Do you abandon your training and bark at the sound? If you did, who could blame you?…

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My Favorite Test: Annoyance Tolerance

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A good Service Dog has to demonstrate more than enthusiasm and mastery of core skills. The dog must also show tolerance in the face of mild, but annoying and repetitive actions typical of a child. Of course you can’t endanger a real child during temperament testing, but…

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