Recently with everything happening, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding treatment and whether others should pursue their own service dog. I want to start by saying I am not a medical professional and do not feel comfortable advising others what is the best form of treatment for them. So instead I want to talk a little bit about the process I went though to decide on a service dog, re explain the difference between Service dogs, emotional support animals and therapy dogs and some pros and cons. I am hoping this will clear up some things about me and Bella as a team, try to help guide others on how to approach a doctor about this treatment. Be prepared for a longer blog.
With all the attention we have been getting lately, I’ve noticed a lot of myths surrounding service dogs floating around on the comments section of different articles. I’ve decided that I think it is time to post about a lot of myths and facts that surround service dogs, their handlers and the team its self. Education is one of the most important parts of reaching equality for service dog teams. Some of these will be kind of obvious and others will be new. I got some of these from other service dog teams. Keep in mind these are questions many teams have heard or come a cross during their time as a service team.
You know that saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? What if you read that book and it becomes one of your favorites, but then the cover changes? Do you judge the book by its new cover or do you remember you like the content and continue reading it anyway? I feel like in a way, this is what has happened to my life. I went from being a regular “book” and then my cover changed (insert Bella).
I just posted about Petting and acknowledging Bella. I mentioned that I don’t like to, but if I allow you to “pet” Bella there are a few things you need to know. The first being, it is not “petting” it is called greeting. It is really important to understand that greeting is a command that Bella knows, and she has rules that are involved. So I would like to walk all of you through how Bella greets.
Okay, this topic is an important issue and might take two parts. I want to talk about Petting. First I want to say that I dislike people who pet my dog without asking, Second I Strongly dislike people who ask to pet my service dog. Now that statement is confusing I know but let me explain.
Fact: My service dog Likes to work, but she also enjoys being an over excited dog too.
There are two sides (Okay maybe a few more then that) but there are two main sides to a service dog, her work side and her play side. This is a concept that a lot of people don’t understand so I feel it should be explained. I think this is one of the traits that really makes a service animal have a human side to them. They work just like any other teen or adult does and then when they are off work, it’s time to be lazy, play or do random things like talking my ear off when she feels I’m not giving her enough attention. The reason this is so important to explain is because I often hear this phrase or a variation of it, “Oh that poor thing, its so unfair that she has to work and cant just be a dog.” this statement bothers me for many reasons, one being that to be perfectly honest Service dogs have an amazing life and two, most of the day she sleeps under my desk so its not like I’m making her run laps all day all the time or something.