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Dogs & Travel > Flying to Germany with all three
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Barked: Sun Apr 20, '14 11:21am PST 
Most airlines have a limit to the number of carry-on pets allowed in each section (first/business/economy) as well as an overall limit (excluding SDs & ESAs). You will need to get them added to your ticket as soon as possible to ensure all three will be allowed in-cabin as carry-on.

You will need an ISO chip or bring a scanner for your non-compliant chip. You'll also need to get your FAVN testing done (microchip number is required to be on it and the rabies vax certificate) so as not to deal with quarantine.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > I want to cry. my service dog bit me!
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Barked: Sun Apr 20, '14 11:14am PST 
Link, given the listed pet peeve of not liking anyone to blow in its face, then suggesting an evaluation by either a SD trainer or a behaviorist IS in order. I've seen kids make contact with SDs before parents or handlers can react; if the dog only nipped its handler over that, it is apt to be more aggressive towards someone it doesn't know.
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American Pit Bull Terrier > Pit mix?

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Barked: Wed Nov 20, '13 9:41pm PST 
Those tests are a joke. There is a rather infamous YouTube video of someone doing the test on their UKC Purple Ribbon bred APBT that happened to be black with white markings. The result came back as Boston Terrier and some other way off breed.
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Dogs & Travel > Question with international travel and microchipping

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Barked: Wed Nov 20, '13 9:22pm PST 
Nola, you're good. Just make sure they put the ISO number (or both numbers) on the FAVN form(s) and on any/all rabies vax certificates. Most countries are sticklers about having the chip done first so they can confirm the dog vax'd matched the chip.

Scooter and Bretta both had two chips as well as ink, so it all was listed.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > What do you think of this breeder?

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Barked: Thu Nov 7, '13 2:55am PST 
Zoey, it is a myth that in order for a PSD to pick up on their handler's issues that they must be raised/trained by the handler. There are quite a few programs that train PSDs. In most cases, part of the application/pairing process is to identify your individual tells (for example, clenching your fists) so they can train the dog to signal to them.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Dogster Magazine: The Fake-Service-Dog Scam Is Getting More Popular
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Barked: Thu Nov 7, '13 2:47am PST 
Harley, I wasn't comparing us to Japan. I was pointing out that even if one has an ADI program dog, they can still be forced to jump thru hoops to use their SD other countries. Otto is a perfect example; he is allowed to work in the UK because he is from an ADI program. If they were to go to Japan for 6 months, they would have to PAT every 30 days.

You seem to forget that not everyone will hold themselves to a higher standard. That is going to be our downfall.

No, training a SD isn't rocket science, but it isn't something one can read a book or two on then jump into and be successful. It isn't something that you can expect a typical pet dog trainer to be of much help with other than basic obedience. I see far too many people trying to OT for mobility tasks without consulting a real SD trainer; tasks that if taught incorrectly, will affect its working span or could seriously injure the dog.

As I stated in my first sentence on my previous post, I'm NOT an ADI fan. I don't want the right to OT to be taken away; if it were, I would be SOL as I seriously don't like Labs, Goldens, and the other breeds most commonly used by programs let alone that the alert is as important as the response tasks...And I already know MY idea of well trained is not the same as yours.
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Dogs & Travel > Traveling on Spirit Air with a frenchie

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Barked: Thu Nov 7, '13 2:06am PST 
I've flown on other airlines where the height limit was 10" and I had no trouble getting my 11" tall carrier under the seat. As for the airline pulling out a tape and measuring... chances are well in your favor that they won't bother.

As for keeping the pup calm, other than pulling him out of the bag to clear the security checkpoint, airport and airline rules are that he is to stay in the carrier. I'd take a small baby receiving-type blanket to drape over it while you are waiting to board and not let him pop his head out.
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Puppy Place > Doggy Puberty! Tips on preventing marking behaviors please!

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Barked: Thu Nov 7, '13 1:57am PST 
I keep multiple intact males in the house without a problem. IMHO, indoor marking is a housebreaking issue. I would go back to constant supervision and using a crate; if they are going to act like a pup and soil in the house, I'm going to treat them like a pup until it sinks in.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > getting an SD

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Barked: Tue Oct 22, '13 9:39pm PST 
Sam, the sad fact is that the average person isn't up to Owner Training. One of the programs determined that only 1 out of 100 shelter dogs have what it takes vs 7 of 8 when using proven breeding stock. They didn't pull that number out of their butts; they tried it out and found it wasn't worth the effort if their job was to create Service Dogs.


Getting a SD isn't like choosing most other pieces of medical equipment. It isn't always about getting your favorite color or even breed; it's about getting what will get the job done and even realizing at times that you aren't ready for it. OT'ing isn't a cake walk; it means getting off your butt and getting out in public to work the dog even though your medical issue (be it anxiety, diabetes, migraines, etc) is wanting to take center stage (yet again).

Those looking at OT'ing because they think it is cheaper don't need it sugar coated. They need to know the hard facts.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > To Vest or Not to Vest?
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Barked: Tue Oct 22, '13 9:20pm PST 
I know someone who did an unofficial study. Which vest color resulted in the least amount of drive-by petting and which had the least access issues where patches were all the same. It was the orange and lime/weird yellow ones with red coming in somewhere behind that.

If anxiety is an issue, vest the dog; though I feel compelled to point out that some of your issues may also be based in breed choice. Smaller dogs get a bad rap, especially if they are worked like a fashion accessory instead of a full partner. When I was working with Bretta (70# Malinois)SDIT, I'd get more crap about
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