Pat and Bailer Working Dog Wednesday

Pat and Bailer - Working Dog Wednesday

Written by K9 Partners for Patriots

March 12, 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.

Good morning humans of the world!

My Name is Bailer.

I’m a service dog and I love working for my veteran! My favorite thing to do is swim and spend time with my human on the water boating, kayaking, and canoeing.

I am particularly fond of my human, Pat. His well being is my top priority. We get up every morning while it’s still dark so we can watch the sunrise together through the sliding glass doors. Then we head out for a nice long morning walk. As you can imagine, by the time we get home I’m ready for some breakfast – gotta fuel the tank you know cause it’s going to be a busy day! Then, I hear the jingle of my human’s keys and I know we’re about to get started. I wonder what will today’s adventures bring as we head out to our appointments and errands. I know it’s a strong probability that we’ll end up at some point at the Bass Pro Shop – that’s Pat’s favorite store. Finally, after returning home from our evening walk, Pat makes me and the fish some dinner and I remind him to take his meds. My human and I enjoy watching the fish swim for a while before we retire for the evening.

Handler: Pat

Branch of Service: Army

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