Marvin & Achilles – Working Dog Wednesday

Working Dog Wednesday - WDW

Written by K9 Partners for Patriots

January 28, 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.

Hey humans of the internet!

My name is Achilles.

I am a service dog and got my vest from K9 Partners for Patriots last year. I love waking up and working out with my human in the morning. Most mornings I have my human throw the ball for me, however, there are days I can convince him to ride his mountain bike on the trail next to me. When the little humans are awake I love playing with them outside and getting them to help me chase those pesky squirrels. Taking care of the big guy and his pack is an incredible responsibility, but it is one I am honored to do. Now, where did I put that ball?

Handler: Marvin
Branch of Service: Marine Corps 9 yrs.

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