Whew! 2017 was an amazing year for the Service Dog Society! With the help of some amazing writers, we’ve been able to publish some top-notch articles and raise the bar on service dog education.
As we’re nearing the conclusion of this year and the start of the next, we want to review the articles that our readers consider the best and most helpful. So without further ado, here are our most popular articles of 2017!
Number 10 – What is An Autism Service Dog?
“There are several beneficial therapies, devices, and resources for those with autism and their families. These tools are designed to ease symptoms and promote independence. One tool that some choose to use has four legs and a tail. They’re called autism service dogs and they can be highly beneficial to many people on the spectrum.”
“When you’re looking at getting an atypical breed there are a lot of things you need to assess about yourself. When considering these things, it is extremely important that you’re brutally honest with yourself about both your own abilities and those of the breeds you are looking at.”
Number 8 – The Skills Every Service Dog Should Master
“There are a few universal skills that Service Dogs must be taught and should execute flawlessly in order to fit in with our human society. A Service Dog should be as invisible as possible when working in public. Here at the Service Dog Society, we consider these skills to be priority #1 and begin working on them from the first day our puppies come home.”
“Choosing a breed is often a controversial topic in the service dog community. Service dogs aren’t a fad or a fashion accessory. It’s need before breed, and while many breeds can potentially make great service dog candidates, the best options become more limited when searching for a good prospect for a psychiatric service dog.”
“The hardest part of owner training a service dog isn’t the task training or teaching them how to behave in public, although both are certainly challenging. The hardest part is knowing when you need to wash a dog out of training for any number of reasons.”
Number 5 – Service Dogs: An Insider’s Guide
“This Guide is dedicated to those in the community that may have the opportunity to personally see a Service Dog at work someday.
There is so much misinformation and considerable misunderstanding surrounding the topic of Service Animals. What do they do and who are they for? Where are they allowed and when? In this article we answer those questions along with explaining some of the most confusing aspects of Service Animals.”
Number 4 – State Laws
“Easily see the service dog laws for your state by selecting your location on the map or the accompanying list.
Both Federal and State Laws govern the use of service animals in the United States. In the case that these laws differ, whichever law provides the greatest protections to the disabled individual is the law which applies.”
“Deciding to partner with a Service Dog is a huge decision. Your life will be forever changed. Many of these changes are for the better, but having a Service Dog can also make life harder! Here are some of the most important things that we’ve learned throughout the years, that you should know before getting your Service Dog.”
Number 2 – The Giant List of Service Dog Tasks
“One of the first things you should explore when deciding if a Service Dog is the right choice for you or not, is what tasks a dog could learn and perform to mitigate your disabilities. This can be overwhelming, especially if you have never owned or trained a dog before.
The best way to start this process is to meet with your family and your doctors, and determine what things you cannot do for yourself (or cannot do safely) because of your disabilities.”
“A Service Dog is not required to wear any identifying apparel. A Service Dog is not required to be certified or registered. Disabilities are not always visible or obvious. Service Dogs can be any breed or size. Service Dogs can be from a program, professionally trained or owner-trained, and none of those options more valid than the others.”