Maxine and Savannah Working Dog Wednesday

Written by Jimmy Tatum

October 2, 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.

Maxine and Savannah Working Dog Wednesday

by | Oct 2, 2019 | News, Working Dog Wednesday

Good afternoon, humans! My name is Savannah Louise, and I am the happiest, most loving pup you will ever meet! I am three years old and have been in my alpha’s pack since I was just a pup. There isn’t a thing I don’t love to do! Bath time, nail trimming, and even vet visits don’t bother me a bit! Life is too much fun not to enjoy every single minute! I love it when we go for a ride through the Burger King drive-thru and my human orders me a small vanilla ice cream cup. Even though she buys it for me, I am generous and share it with her, after all, ice cream is best enjoyed with a friend! My second favorite activity is going to church! Everyone there is so kind, and they let me love all over them!

I frequently hear my biped say that I have given her a second chance at life, but I disagree. She is the one who provides and gives me anything my heart desires! The least I can do is love her back unconditionally!

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