All around the world, special types of small dogs are trained to help the people who need it the most. Every year, thousands of the most intelligent dogs aid people who have physical and mental disabilities in such day-to-day tasks as housework, daily travel and self care.
There are certain breeds that have been recognized as having the temperament and intelligence to become great service dogs. Even though breeds such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers are some of the more recognizable brand of service dogs, many types of small breed dogs are also used for this important task.
If a person has issues with animal allergies, some service dog organizations will give these future service dog owners an animal that belongs to one of the hypoallergenic dog breeds. One such breed that service dog organizations use are poodles and poodle mixes.
In the past few years, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been recognized as a disability whose symptoms can really be soothed with the help of service dogs. As the plight of Canadian and American veterans continues to be discussed in the media, numerous service dog organizations have stepped up to the plate to give a hand to the bravest Canadian and American citizens.
How Will Businesses Receive Service Dogs?
In the United States, business owners are required to let service dogs into their establishments with their owners. Canadian laws regarding service dogs are a lot more confusing as they vary by province. However, most Canadian provinces have laws that are palatable to service dogs and their disabled owners.
Even though the laws in many Canadian provinces are crystal clear, there are some unfortunate incidents where there are companies that do not know the first thing about the legal rights of disabled people. One such incident occurred in January of 2014, when a Canadian veteran with PTSD, Shirley Jew, and her service dog Snoopy, were not allowed to board an Air Canada flight without Jew paying a $50 fee. However, WestJet, another Canadian airline, stepped up to the plate and allowed Snoopy to fly for free. Air Canada eventually apologized to Shirley Jew, even refunding the fee she paid.
Even though Shirley Jew had a problem with one airline, it does not mean that the majority of disabled people run into trouble when it comes to their service dogs. Most business owners are more than happy to accommodate service dogs and their owners. The desire to help becomes even more fervent when it comes to disabled veterans. Since these men and women served our countries, it only makes sense that we serve these brave veterans and service dogs in any way that we know how.