Posts tagged "assistance dogs"

Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames

Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames
“Assistance Dogs May be Well Cared For But Are They Happy” was the title of a controversial column featuring Jennifer Arnold, founder of a service dog school called Canine Assistants and author of ”Though A Dog’s Eyes”  (Spiegal & Grau, New York, NY, 2010; $25). Many disagreed vehemently with Arnold, including the author of this guest blog, Toni... Read more »

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy
Jennifer Arnold founded a service dog school called Canine Assistants in 1995. ”Assistance dogs change lives, save lives, help people to live more independently and therefore productively; there’s no question about it,” she begins. “But there’s a huge problem in the industry. Too often we’re not very nice to the dogs being trained.” Arnold hesitates, then... Read more »

Service Dogs Help Veterans: But Our Government Isn't Helping

Service Dogs Help Veterans: But Our Government Isn't Helping
Chris Maddeford was in an Army convoy that was attacked with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. He was blown from his vehicle and sustained permanent, back and hip injuries in January 2003. Now living in Chicago, this Army veteran is getting help form a new friend with four legs – AJ, a Labrador... Read more »
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Department of Veterans Affairs Suspends Support of Service Dogs for Soldiers with PTSD

Department of Veterans Affairs Suspends Support of Service Dogs for Soldiers with PTSD
Scientists around the world have confirmed that for some conditions a wagging tail might help more than a pharmaceutical. One such condition is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are scientific studies (though limited in number) that support the positive effects of dogs paired with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, and literally thousands of real-life anecdotal instances.... Read more »

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them
By Steve Dale Zach had a history of running away. Zach isn’t a roaming dog, but instead he’s a child with autism who likes to roam. His mom, Julie Yanez, of Minneapolis, MN, tells the story of how an assistance dog named Midas changed Zach’s life, as well as the life of her entire family.... Read more »

Legendary Dog Trainer Reveals Her Truth, How a Service Dog Has Changed Her Life

By Steve Dale In her 27th book, legendary dog trainer Carol Lea Benjamin comes out of the closet. For friends and neighbors in New York’s Greenwich Village, it isn’t news to see Benjamin walking down the street with a service dog. Still, some might assume Benjamin is training the dog for someone else. In fact,... Read more »
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Hero Dog Awards

The Film and Television Unit of American Humane Association is heading up the search for America’s Hero Dogs, the Hero Dog Awards. Dogs may be nominated in eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs. Finalists in each... Read more »

Jennifer Arnold: Canine Assistants

Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, training dogs to help people with seizures and physical disabilities – and author of “Through A Dog’s Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs By Understanding How They See the World.” This book is insightful, inspiring, and touching.
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