Guide dogs: Making a difference

by Corinne Ryan, CVPM; Terri Johnson, CVT
Dogs are taking on new and different service roles every day to support and help people. You’ve probably heard about dogs who alert their owners when they're about to experience a seizure, or dogs who can help people relax when they’re experiencing anxiety. There are many national and international organizations that raise, train, and provide service dogs for all kinds of needs. One of the oldest and most established organizations is Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB). ...more
Taking your pet to the veterinarian doesn’t have to be a stressful event. And helping your pet, whatever her species, to relax and perhaps even enjoy the trip is something you can do with a little advanced behavior conditioning and training....more
Most of us don’t get overly excited about visiting the dentist for exams and teeth cleanings. According to WebMD, up to 20 percent of Americans say they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. If it’s that stressful for people, what must it be like for our furry friends? ...more

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