What Defines a Service Dog?

What defines a service a Service Dog? What is the difference between an Emotional Support Animal and a Service Dog? These are questions we, as trainers, deal with all the time. In an era where assistance animals are being “prescribed” by doctors for so many ailments, it is extremely important to know the difference and what rights you will have …

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When Should I Bring My Puppy Home?

People who are getting new puppies are often uncertain about when to bring their puppy home. Some people advocate bringing pups home at 8 weeks and others at 12 or even 16 weeks. There are even some who tell you to bring your puppy home earlier than 8 weeks. Here is some advice to help you answer the question, “When …

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Is It Safe for My Dog?

I posted a picture on Joyful Dogs of Michigan’s Facebook page and it got a lot of attention. The picture was of a 1-year old dog that had died by choking on a piece of rawhide. And that had a lot of people asking “Is it safe for my dog?” And the question wasn’t just about rawhide. That picture had …