Peter and Gunny Working Dog Wednesday

Written by Jimmy Tatum

November 26, 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.

Peter and Gunny Working Dog Wednesday

by | Nov 26, 2019 | News, Working Dog Wednesday

Hey humans, my name is Gunny, and I am two years old! Most people who meet me always compliment my personality, and how relaxed I am. I credit my calm demeanor to being a west coast baby that was brought to Florida by my human. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to serve my Alpha as his service dog. I love to wear the vest and get very excited every morning when I see him reaching for it.

Though I do love to wear my vest, I am not a morning dog. I love to be outside in the evenings with my Alpha, patrolling the yard while he works in the garage. The yard is an excellent place to rough house with the smaller humans who live with me. It’s great fun to run and play with them! On hot summer days, I like to sit with my butt in the pool and watch the birds and squirrels play behind the house; after all, its the best way to keep cool and keep an eye on my domain!

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