service dogs

Canadian Service Dogs Made The Best Theater Audience Ever

The dogs who train to be service dogs at K-9 Country Inn in Ontario take their important roles very seriously. That’s why they collectively made up the most well-behaved theater attendees ever. A photo of their outing to a relaxed performance of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival speaks for itself. The K-9 Country Inn service …

Mother Has A Fit When Told Her Kid Can’t Pet Service Dog iHeartDogs.com

Civilian handlers of service dogs are continually faced with scrutiny and probes from the general public. Even when their working dogs are clearly labeled with a vest informing people to leave them alone, some people insist on distracting the dogs from their work. A team training in a mall recently had an encounter with a …

10 Types of Service Dogs and What They Do

Many dog people would say their canine companions are their best friends, but for a growing number of individuals with specific physical, neurological or mental health needs, different types of service dogs are also invaluable partners in day-to-day life. Legally, most of these types of service dogs are welcome in places where pet dogs are …

Suicidal Veteran Saved By His Pit Bull, Inspired To Help Thousands Others Find Pups Of Their Own

There’s really no doubt about it at this point: countless examples of service dogs transforming the lives of U.S. veterans demonstrate how valuable these incredible animals are. Having had such an experience with his own service dog, one veteran wanted to help others find the same life-changing support. David Sharpe is a veteran of the …

Service Dogs Help Veterans Cope With Trauma And Live Again: Meet K9s For Warriors!

(Picture Credit: Kile Brewer for The Washington Post via Getty Images) In honor of Veterans Day we’d like to shed light on a very special organization called K9s For Warriors. After serving our country in active military duty, many young men and women have a difficult time returning to civilian life. Veterans can suffer from …

Puppies Behind Bars Change Lives Inside And Out Of Prison

When people follow their passion, good things happen. In the case of Gloria Gilbert Stoga, following her heart brought together inmates, puppies, and community members in need and the end result is changed lives. After reading an article about a veterinarian in Florida who recruited prison inmates to train seeing eye dogs, she was immediately …

Veterans Day: 10 Service & Therapy Dogs Helping Veterans [VIDEOS]

(Picture Credit: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) November 11th is Veterans Day, a day to honor our brave veterans who made sacrifices for our country to fight and serve in the United States Armed Forces. Dogs and veterans have an extremely important relationship. Dogs can help veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental …

Here’s How Selective Breeding Changed The Brains Of Our Dogs

Anyone familiar with a wide variety of dog breeds can tell you that some seem to have an innate knack for certain jobs or personality traits that are consistent across the breed. German Shepherds have great success in police work, for example, while Golden Retrievers are tolerant and gentle with children. Despite the fact that …

Training Pets & PTSD Service Dogs Through Fun Activities: Meet Veteran & Dogology University Founder Matthew Lamarand

(Picture Credit: Matthew Lamarand) Matthew and Ashaleena Lamarand are US military veterans who served as explosive detection dog handlers before founding Dogology University and Pawsome Parents. After realizing 96 percent of surrendered dogs never went through manners or obedience training, they dedicated themselves to training dogs for service dog work. As someone who suffers from Post-Traumatic …

5 Super Service Dogs in Action with Their Handlers

Service dogs have the capacity to amaze us with their intelligence, devotion, focus and abilities. We’ve all seen stories of service dogs performing heroic feats to save lives. We’ve watched them in public providing support and alerts to handlers in need. They help their humans walk, retrieve needed objects, assist first responders with their efforts …