James and Shelby Working Dog Wednesday

Shelby Working Dog Wednesday

Written by Jimmy Tatum

October 30, 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.

James and Shelby Working Dog Wednesday

by | Oct 30, 2019 | News, Working Dog Wednesday

Good afternoon, humans! My name is Shelby, and I am a three-year-old, happy-go-lucky, Catahoula leopard hound. My favorite activity is to play tug with my Alpha! I usually wake up early to remind the biped to walk me around the lake every day. Though I am not allowed to swim in the lake, I love it when they bring out my kiddy pool. I spend hours there relaxing! I have been known to sit on your feet until you give me the appropriate amount of attention that I feel I deserve.

Small humans, AKA children, are my favorite! My pack consists of two little humans, who I watch over and play with as much as possible. You would think with all this activity I have that I wouldn’t need to go on a diet; however, you would be wrong. My human is always telling people NOT to give me treats, which is rude, in my opinion, but I allow it since I want to live a long healthy life!

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