Heather and Loki Working Dog Wednesday

Heather and Loki Working Dog Wednesday

Written by Jimmy Tatum

November 5, 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.

Heather and Loki Working Dog Wednesday

by | Nov 5, 2019 | Working Dog Wednesday, News

Good morning, humans! My name is Loki, and I am a labrador mix who is about to be two years old! My favorite habit of all time is chewing. Some might call me a power chewer as I am known to be a destroyer of toys. My favorite toy is my Kong ring, as it is the only toy that seems to be able to withstand my chewing wrath.

Mornings are the best, as I have an older sister whom I love terrorizing while she is trying to sleep. Getting her to chase me around the house is my specialty! I do it to keep her young after all regular exercise is very important to ensure a long life! I love going to school with my human, especially for her internship class! I feel like a celebrity whenever we are on campus, as everyone knows me. My favorite movie is The Greatest Showman, and I will drop everything I am doing to go and watch it when I hear it come on TV.

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