Coronavirus and Dogs During this difficult pandemic, there have been many excellent questions we are receiving regarding the potential effects of coronavirus on dogs. While the notion of an infection in a beloved family pet is distressing enough, the idea of an infection in a
Annual Data Report As many of our readers are aware, the FSDS has taken our responsibility to serve and protect those with disabilities and to help educate the community very seriously. There is a lot more to SD issues than simply training and providing dogs.
Happy New Year to All! Looking Ahead to 2020 This month starts a new year, and with that we look ahead to our plans for 2020. Last year was a year of quietly building behind the scenes. The opening of our new facility, and the
Benefits of Staff Training Reports from businesses of issues regarding aggressive "fake" SDs in the public space are on the rise, yet few businesses appear either willing and/or to dedicate time or resources to educating their staff on how to respond. Though we believe strongly
Loving Them to Death We take a break this month from our mini-series to address a serious and growing issue - individuals who bring pet dogs into the public space and make false claims that these are their service dogs (SDs). Not only is this
Mini-Series Topic #10: Classification of Workers This month we focus on some in area that is poorly understood by many private trainers. It is important to note that if you own your own training business you must understand that improper classification of a worker as
Mini-Series Topic #8: Team Assessment This month we explore the assessment of a potential team for appropriateness. We remind all readers and trainers that simply having a qualifying disability does not automatically imply that someone is a good candidate for service dog (SD) teamwork. In
We remind all teams that when in public working, your SD must have all four paws on the floor! There is a growing problem in the community with individuals carrying dogs in purses or slings, and dangling them over the food at buffet restaurants, dropping