Chad and Tank Working Dog Wednesday

Chad and Tank WDW

Written by Jimmy Tatum

October 16, 2019

Discover why flea markets may not be the best environment for service dogs.

Learn about risks, distractions, and considerations for handlers.

1. Crowded Environment: Flea markets are often bustling with crowds, which can be overwhelming for a service dog. The dog may become stressed or anxious in such a busy atmosphere.

2. Distractions: Flea markets are filled with various sights, sounds, and smells that can distract a service dog from its duties. This could potentially compromise its ability to assist its handler effectively.

3. Unpredictable Behavior of Other Animals: Other visitors to the flea market may bring their pets along, which can lead to encounters with unfamiliar animals. This may pose a risk to the safety and focus of the service dog.

4. Risk of Injury: With so many people moving around and browsing items, there’s an increased risk of accidental tripping or stepping on the service dog, which could lead to injury.

5. Exposure to Unsanitary Conditions: Flea markets may not always maintain the cleanest environment, and the service dog may come into contact with unsanitary surfaces or substances.

6. Lack of Accommodation for the Dog: Flea markets may not be equipped to handle service dogs properly, such as providing suitable resting areas, water, or relief spots for the dog.

7. Potential Stress for the Dog: A flea market’s constant stimulation and unfamiliar surroundings could cause stress or discomfort for the service dog, which may affect its overall well-being and ability to perform its tasks.

Given these factors, it’s important for service dog handlers to carefully consider whether taking their dog to a flea market is truly necessary and in the best interest of the dog’s welfare and effectiveness in assisting its handler.

Chad and Tank Working Dog Wednesday

by | Oct 16, 2019 | News, Working Dog Wednesday

Hello Humans!  My name is Tank, and I am a more seasoned service dog at eight years old.  I have been a member of my pack for the past three years, though only earning my service vest just over a year ago.  Age truly is just a number as you will often find me playing with the small humans whenever they come over.  At night I patrol through the various bedrooms spending time with each kid, loving on them in my special way.  As with most of my fellow canines, you will be hard-pressed finding me when its time for my pedicure.  Showers are another story; I love the shower so much, I will join anyone who is taking one.  

I have two favorite toys, my red kong and whatever toy the cat has at that particular moment.  In the morning, my routine is simple as I will sit on the front porch with my Alpha and watch the traffic drive by the house as he drinks his morning coffee.  Once the coffee pot is empty, we both are ready to face the day’s challenges!

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