The Different Types of Service Dogs You’ll See (Part Two)

Learn more about the service dogs who are assisting those of all abilities!

  In part one, we covered the more uncommon service dog types such as allergy detecting and autism spectrum service dogs. In today’s post, we will explore more of the services that our furry best friends provide.   The Vet Set provides veterinary care for pets both in our mobile services and our vet clinic in Carroll Gardens. Learn more about service dogs in today’s post.   

Service Dogs Who Serve Those With Mental Issues

  These dogs differ from emotional wellness service dogs because they support those dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and depression by performing specific tasks. In those who have faced trauma from combat, as a first-responder, terrorism, natural disasters, or abusive homes or relationships, a service dog can help them feel safer. These dogs are trained to enter the home and facilities before their owner and performing tasks such as turning on lights. They also create more personal space for those who are dealing with severe anxiety by creating a physical barrier between their owner and the other person or event.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those With Seizures  

  There are two types of service dogs for those with seizures — seizure alert dogs and seizure response dogs.   Seizure alert dogs - These trained service dogs do come with some controversy — they perform a certain type of behavior right before their owner has a seizure. This is a natural ability for some dogs, but scientists often critique its reliability. There are many owners and families who do swear by this ability and confirm that their service dog does indeed accurately predict when a seizure is about to occur.   Seizure response dogs - These dogs differ from the above because they assist as their owner is experiencing a seizure and not predicting it beforehand. These dogs are trained to bark and alert help, get them out of an unsafe environment while the seizure is happening, and calm and comfort the person after the seizure has ended.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those with Diabetes

  These dogs are able to assist their owners in detecting a hypo or hyperglycemic blood sugar state before they become dangerous. The dogs are able to detect this change by scent, and can then better notify their owner to test their blood sugar levels and ingest insulin or glucose before the situation gets more serious. These dogs are also trained to get help if the person fails unconscious or has a diabetic seizure.  

Common Types of Service Dogs

  The dogs mentioned above are less common and more unidentifiable in the tasks they perform because, generally, their owner doesn’t have a physical disability. Below are the more common types of services dogs to guide and serve those with physical disabilities.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those Who Are Vision Impaired

  Seeing eye dogs are probably some of the most well-known types of service dogs. These dogs often wear a vest, though it is not required, and a harness with a handle to assist their owner.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those With Hearing Impairments

  People with hearing impairments often have service dogs to help alert them to noises such as alarms, doorbells, or a crying child. When there is a noise, the dog will touch their owner and guide them towards the noise.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those With Mobility Impairments

  These dogs often serve those with brain injuries, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord injuries. These dogs are trained to do a wide variety of tasks such as pressing buttons, bringing objects to their owners, and even pulling those in wheelchairs up ramps.   There is a service dog who supports every kind of ability, both physical and emotional, whether it is sniffing out a food allergy or alerting their owner before a seizure, service dogs are an invaluable part of many people’s lives.   There are many other kinds of working dogs, including therapy dogs, that aren’t classified as a service dog, but who you can see meandering airports, nursing homes, and therapist’s offices.  

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The Different Types of Service Dogs You’ll See (Part One)

There are many varieties of service dogs for all abilities — learn what these distinct breeds do   For most dog owners, their pooch is far more than just a dog — it is their furry best friend that accompanies them on adventures to the grocery store and the great outdoors. And for those of all-abilities including physical, emotional, and neurological, a service dog plays a critical role in their quality of life. Service dogs are the VIP members of the dog world with access and ability to go where most dogs cannot to guide and assist their owners in their day-to-day activities.   The number of service dogs for those with disabilities has been growing so it is important to know that even though the person the dog is with can walk and talk, don’t make assumptions, there are dogs for those with seizures and diabetes.   Having a healthy dog with optimal health is important, especially if you have one that you depend on daily. At The Vet Set, we care for every type of dog — from those who serve those with disabilities to your furry best friend. Learn more about the diverse breeds of service dogs in today's post.

Service Dogs: More Uncommon Types

  We are well aware of the more recognizable service dogs that support their owners, but there are some you might not at first recognize.  

Service Dogs Who Detect Allergies

  There has been a surge in food allergies, and for young kids, they may not yet be equipped with the wherewithal to detect the foods they’re allergic to. Allergy detection dogs are able to sniff out potential foods that can harm their owners, allergies related to foods such as peanuts, dairy, and gluten. You’ll often see these dogs roaming the halls with school-aged children, alerting them to dangerous foods — providing their parents with a greater sense of security when they’re away and more freedom for children.  

Service Dogs For Emotional Support

  While these dogs are not classified as a service animal because they don’t perform a specific task, they are afforded the same privileges as service dogs. These dogs can accompany their owners in social situations for emotional support such as anxiety.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome  

  For children who were exposed to alcohol prenatally are often born with behavioral concerns and learning disabilities, in addition to mental and physical disabilities. These specific service dogs are trained to interrupt repetitive behavior patterns.  

Service Dogs Who Serve Those on the Autism Spectrum

  Kids on the autism spectrum deal with sensitivities to different stimuli such as light and loud noises, and often have a difficult time navigating and identifying social cues. A service dog is wonderful as a medium into social situations — a great icebreaker — and helps reduce a child’s isolation and provides comfort in stressful environments. These service dogs are also trained to prevent a child from running off and are able to track and find them if they do.   We have covered some of the new and more uncommon types of services dogs and there is still more to cover, so stay tuned for part two!  

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8 Reasons For Adopting a Senior Dog

When people are thinking of getting a dog they often want a puppy reminiscent of the dog they grew up with. The nostalgia for the protective German Shepard or the Rhodesian Ridgeback they can take on every outdoor adventure, has them searching for a breeder in their area. But, what about the senior dogs in shelters? Thanks to many campaigns such as Adopt Don’t Shop and awareness against puppy mills, many people are choosing to rescue senior dogs in shelters.   Senior dogs are some of the best dogs to rescue, we have seen it first hand at our vet clinic. The Vet Set offers preventative care such as vaccinations, cold laser, and dog acupuncture to keep your senior pet happy and healthy in their end days. Learn more about why adopting a senior dog will change your life!

Reasons You Should Adopt a Senior Dog

  Raising a puppy can be a lot of work and with shelter’s brimming with senior dogs — adopting an older dog may be the perfect option.   With a senior dog, you know exactly what you are in for.   There is no messy potty training or getting up at 2 am to take your dog out — with a senior dog they are potty trained and know how to hold there bladders until they can be let out. You also know exactly their size and what they look like so you won’t have to worry about a cute little puppy growing into a giant 130-pound pooch!   Senior dogs know how to be independent.   Senior dogs love the doting and special attention they get, but they can also be alone and independent when you are not there, whereas puppies have an inkling of getting into the trash or chewing on your expensive shoe collection.   Seniors dogs are ready for adventure!   Senior dogs are very adaptable and ready for new adventures with their owners and as long as they don’t have any health issues, they can keep up with you just like a puppy.     Senior dogs have the biggest hearts.   Not only are senior dogs resilient and although they may have some issues to work past such as emotional and physical concerns, but they also have the biggest hearts and their love abounds. Senior dogs are great at forgiving and living in the moment with their new owners. You can be sure when you adopt a senior dog, if you love them well, they will return it right back. Senior dogs are grown up.   When you adopt an older dog they typically know the difference between expensive shoes and their toys, so you won’t have to worry or anticipate them shredding your personal belongings.   Senior dogs keep your home cleaner.   While all dogs are a little messing in how they shed or the dirt they track in, you won’t have to worry about your floors being soaked in urine. Pet odors are notoriously hard for getting out of carpets and with a senior dog, you greatly reduce these chances.   Senior dogs have established sleep.   When you get a puppy, it takes quite a while for them to establish a sleep schedule and they require you to get up with them throughout the night. Older dogs are much better relaxing into a schedule and sleeping through the night.   Senior dogs are the more mature and seasoned version of puppies — they’ve been trained, they are resilient, and they have so much love to give.  

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4 Ways To Keep Your Dog Engaged

In our last post, we explored the signs that your dog is bored and they include barking, mischievous behavior, escaping, chewing, and over-the-top greetings -- read the full article here. If this sounds like your dog, they are probably bored and just need more stimulation. Even if you walk them twice a day, in the hours you are absent, they may need tasks to complete to keep them from acting out.   At The Vet Set, we are experienced with all types of dog behavior and are here to be a resource -- whether it is giving them their first round of vaccinations, addressing behavior concerns, or treating skin irritations, we are here to support you and your furry best friend. Learn more about helpful ways you can keep your dog engaged when you are away.

Four Ways To Keep Your Dog Engaged

  If your dog is displaying some poor behaviors linked to being bored, the goal is not to get upset and crate them after-the-fact; the solution is to channel their energy into something more productive.   Keep things fresh and new.   Just like people, dogs are bored with monotony -- when you give them the variety they’ll likely stay more engaged. If they have a bucket full of toys, remove the bucket and put it in a closet or somewhere they cannot access, and get out two to five toys out for the day. The next day, switch out the toys from day one with new ones -- the goal is to cycle through their toys and give them different options each day.   Another consideration is to invest in toys that are interactive for your dog. This may be a frozen kong stuffed with peanut butter and cottage cheese that requires them to work to get their treat. There are also puzzle-type toys that dispense treats that provide both physical and mental stimulation for your dog.     Set up a scavenger hunt for your dog. Put them in a room before you leave and hide little treats around the house for them to find -- these hunts are interactive and keep them physically and mentally stimulated!   Consider a doggie daycare.   If your dog needs the extra socialization and stimulation where they thrive in a dog park, a doggie daycare may be an excellent remedy. A doggie daycare doesn’t have to be somewhere they go every day, but perhaps as a fun treat on Fridays or a couple of days throughout the week. This way they get plenty of interaction and playtime without disrupting or destroying your home!   Leave on background noise.   Whether you leave on the TV or the radio, background music can prove to be advantageous for those pups who are bored. Not only does it drown outside noises, it gives them the sense and security that someone is home.   Visits from friends.   Do you have a neighbor or friend in the area that could stop by during the day for a quick visit? A dog who is bored would love the company and appreciate any activity they could provide.     Even if you have a city dog that is housebound all day, there are many solutions to keep them from getting bored!  

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Doggie Disenchantment

Does your dog show signs of boredom? Not every day can be one long walk around the park, so learn the behaviors of boredom before too much havoc is raised!   If you have a breed that is active and requires both mental and physical stimulation, a solitary day spent with themselves may be too much and they may begin to exhibit poor behavior. If you notice concerning behaviors from your dog, out of the blue, they may not be getting the activity they need, thus acting out in boredom. At The Vet Set in Carroll Gardens, we know city life in small spaces can be difficult for dogs. It never hurts to schedule a wellness exam in our vet clinic to get diagnostics or just talk with the vet for helpful tips. Learn more in today’s blog about the signs your dog may be bored.  

Boredom Signs in Dogs

  When left unstimulated, dogs will act out. They’ll act out, not to spite you, but generally because they are bored and are trying very hard to entertain themselves or get attention. Dogs are not trolling you by destroying your favorite shoes or ripping the trash to shreds, they do it to amuse themselves -- to get through the day when you are not around. Below are some common signs your dog may be disenchanted.  
  • Mischievous behavior -  We alluded to this above, but any behavior in which they are acting out by demolishing a couch cushion to digging straight into fresh, folded laundry is a sign they are bored. Dogs love to create their own fun by turning the house upside down.
 
  • Barking - Dogs bark for many reasons but if it is becoming a habit, it may just be out of boredom. Dogs will bark at anything — from the squirrel in the tree outside and a balloon that floats by, to neighbors and mail people approaching the door.
 
  • Destructive chewing - Your dog may have a basket of toys, but when it comes to boredom they don’t discriminate between their toys or your shoes — it is simply what they can sink their teeth into first. Chewing is a task for dogs that stimulate them in the meantime — it may just end up costing you some of your favorite items.
 
  • Over-the-top salutations - If your dog over-eagerly greets you and anyone who comes over, this is a tell-tale sign they are bored. If your dog loves to jump on or zoom around and acts like a wild creature (even when cues are given to settle), having company is a way to let out all their caged and chaotic energy.
 
  • Doggie Departures - If your dog acts like a seasoned Harry Houdini and loves to escape any chance they get, this may be a result of an adventure sensed by their nose. When the door is opened they may catch a whiff of another dog, a delicious meal, or spot the squirrel that’s been harassing them. When they bound out that door they can run freely and exercise their energy, and if it proves to be an exciting feat, you may have a repeat offender on your hands.  

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