Sugar Sniffing Dogs / Scent Training, and Obedience    

FAQs

ASD, INC. new clients

What if someone tries to make us leave a public place? If you encounter people that are unaware of your rights under the ADA, we recommend that you politely inform them that your dog is a service dog, and he is allowed by federal law to accompany you. Know your rights. We recommend that you carry a copy of the federal mandate with you at all times, and offer to produce that copy if the manager/owner/worker would like to see it. Remember that you’re setting a precedent for all of the service dog handlers that come after you. Retain your composure for your sake, and your dog’s sake!

What if people want to pet my dog while we’re out in public? If you own a service dog, chances are that people may be drawn to it. You’ll experience every kind of reaction: those people that want to pet your dog, (and will reach to pet your dog with our without your permission), those who are afraid of your dog, and those who are offended by your dog. Your best response will be one that is polite, yet to the point, for each of these situations. We can help you script those responses accordingly. .

Does he need to wear his vest all the time? Our recommendation is that unless he’s at home, or going somewhere that he doesn’t need to be identified as a service dog, he wears his vest in public. It will reduce the number of questions about your dog’s working status (therapy, service, etc.), and will serve to alert people around you not to interfere with his job while you’re out.

How will I know when my dog is alerting on me? We will have worked with each individual dog enough times that we can tell you what to look for in an alert. As a rule, dogs will give a bark alert, be very animated, and sometimes paw at you. Dogs tend to tweak their own individual alerts just a bit, but we teach our dogs to bark in response to a change in blood sugar.

What should I feed the dog? Before delivering your dog, we’ll talk about food with you. We feed premium foods to our dogs, as they tend to be healthier, produce less stool, and have fewer issues on high quality foods. There are some dogs that end up with sensitivities of some sort, even though we try to minimize those issues. We’ve done extensive research on foods of all types, and can certainly make recommendations if you’re considering changing foods after your dog’s delivery.

What is his feeding and elimination schedule? We will review your dog’s feeding schedule with you upon delivery, but we typically recommend feeding 2 times a day. Remember that the more predictable you are about sticking to a schedule with your dog’s feeding, the more predictable his elimination schedule will be.

Can he have rawhides, bones, or treats? If your dog is an aggressive chewer, you can provide him appropriate things to chew on. Some rawhides are appropriate (never the knotted bones), some bones will work (Nylabones are good, but may damage some dog’s teeth, Greenies aren’t recommended, etc.), or possibly hooves or antlers. We can give you suggestions upon delivery of your dog, since dogs are different in what they can and cannot handle.

Where does he sleep? That’s completely up to you. Our dogs are crate trained, but keeping your dog in a crate may not be the best option for you. We will discuss sleeping arrangements with you before delivery to ensure that you’re prepared appropriately. For example, if you need for the dog to sleep in a crate at night, we’ll work with him differently than a dog that will sleep at the foot of your bed.

Do I need to exercise my service dog? Yes! No one likes to work all day without a break! It’s important to remember that your service dog is still a dog, and will work best with a structured routine that includes exercise. Set aside some time each day to toss a ball, go for a run, or otherwise let your dog play. It’ll do wonders for his mental health!

What if he has an accident in public? To avoid this as much as possible, get in the habit of letting your dog relieve himself outside of every store, restaurant, etc. that you enter. We help you create a ‘clean-up kit’, complete with paper towels, zip-lock baggies, and wipes, and stash it in the side pouch of your dog’s vest for those little emergencies. If the need ever arises, you’re always prepared to clean up after your dog. Remember, part of being a service dog handler means ensuring that you’re responsible for cleaning up after him.