Sunday, May 31, 2009

News: Oregon Family Battles Landlord over SDIT

A local story about a family battling with their landlord over a service dog in training and their right to have it housing is woefully lacking in details and information.

This landlord has not violated the federal law because service dogs in training are not covered by the ADA. The law only protects task trained full fledged service dogs. They may be violating Oregon State Law ( which protects service dogs in training. At ten weeks old this dog is a puppy in training and the family may need to provide proof that the dog is in formal training and/or connected with an organization helping them train the dog. Letters from doctors only say the person can benefit from a dog, they are not dog trainers and cannot vouch for the dog meeting the standards set by the ADA ( Since, they do have a doctors letter for need they may also be covered under the Fair Housing act as an emotional support animal while in training This story serious lacks pertinent information; I, for one, am disappointed.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

News: Nutro Announces Limited Recall of Dog and Cat Foods

Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® COMPLETE CARE® Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO® MAX® Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010. The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

Consumers who have purchased product affected by this voluntary recall should return it to their retailer for a full refund or exchange for another NUTRO® dry cat food product. Cat owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-800-833-5330 between the hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CST, or visit
To find a list of affected products visit

Sunday, May 17, 2009

News: FAQ Clarifies New Air Carrier Access Act Rules

The new FAQ regarding the update Air Carrier Access Act Rules is available.
Questions 9, 16, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 29, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43,
47 have something to service animals. you can find the document here in both PDF and Word Formats.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Six Month Follow Up with Summit

Last weekend Wendy, one of Shiloh's rescuers and trainers during her time at Summit came to Eugene for our six month follow up visit. Wendy did not come alone; however, she brought Chaihuly, her 11 yr old collie mix, and Dixie, a member of Summit's D-Litter born the week Shiloh and I were team training. Six-months is some what of a milestone for Summit teams as we no longer need to submit monthly reports and we are really gelling as a team. It is now rare for Shiloh and I to regard one another with looks of other confusing and we have a treasure trove of shared experiences bonding us. Wendy wanted to see our apartment in case we were having trouble with task because of how things are set up and she could help problem solve the issue. We also visited our favorite dog park- Amazon Dog Park (thanks to Eugene Area for the photo!) and let all three dogs play. Wendy asked a lot of question about how Shiloh and I were getting along and working while, of course, keeping a watchful trainer's eye on how Shiloh responded to me. Shiloh was impressed to see how quickly she responded to my call to come even in the hub bub of dog park at 5 on a Friday. We spent a lot of time talking about Shiloh's and my experiences getting to know each other and any quirks, or suggestion that I might have to help Summit Staff improve what the dogs know before they get placed with a person needing a service dog. Since each dog and person that Summit works with is a unique entity and subsequently and entirely unique team they are also curious to see how the things they train and teach work or don't work in the real world. Some suggestions Wendy and I talked about included:
  • Working dogs in training after dark more, especially as they get closer to being placed. When I first got Shiloh she was very unsure about working at night. Upon seeing this I decide to find activities to do in the evening to help her be more comfortable. We, now, go out regularly in the evenings for movies, lectures and dinner with friends and Shiloh just sees it as a part of our lives.
  • Adding variety to the type of Tugs used for doors. I use a variety of tugs depending on what best suit the situation at hand, but my favorite tug is my dog's own leash since I always have it with me. Shiloh was used to working only with pulls made from dog rope toys and monkey fists (like the one on the left). I had problems with this since I couldn't change the length for taller doors and it was another thing to carry. I leave pull on door we use regularly including work door. These pulls I often make out of the slip leads they use at groomers and vet for people who for get their leashes since they are cheaper and can be used everywhere without making it difficult for outs to use the door handle.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Susquehanna Service Dogs Series: What Makes a Good Service Dog

Susquehanna Service Dogs Blog has just begun a new entry series entitled "What Makes a Good Service Dog". I am looking forward to reading this because I find as an owner trainer learning what established programs look for in successful candidates and why should increase my chances of selecting a dog with maximum potential (always of course remembering any can happen at any time).

Monday, May 4, 2009

News: May is National Guide Dog Awareness Month

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Service Dog Sawyer: Re-naming...(and introducing "Denver")

I regularly read the blogs in my blog list (on the right side of this post) and I thought this post Service Dog Sawyer: Re-naming...(and introducing "Denver")
discussion working with dogs who have previous experience or for whom certain words where previously associated with unpleasant experiences was very interesting. I hope you will too!

Friday, May 1, 2009

News: Young Man Combines his Love for People and Dogs by Training Service Dogs

Monroe Duawalder may only be 13, but his passion for people and dogs combined to call him to be a volunteer "trainer" for At Your Service Dogzzz, a tandem service dog training organization.