|Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 2:25pm PST |
|This one is a message that finally made me join Dogster after lurking for years.
I am a service dog partner. My dog is a Border Collie mix, owner trained. I use her for mobility. I showed in obedience and trained for almost 40 years before training my own dog.
I have a tri pod cat, that showed up at my house at 3 months old missing most of a leg. He is 10 years old... so I have long term experience with a tripod animal, as well as a service dog.
There is NO WAY that I would ever ask a tripod dog to be a service animal. Not even part time and not even for Psyche work.
My dog is very, very agile. She is going to be 4 in a couple weeks and in her prime.
Knowing what she has to do to keep up with me when I do errands, attend meetings, etc - there is absolutely no way I would ask a tripod to do it. The slippery floors in some stores nearly take my very fit, very active 4 legged dog to the floor.
If you feel a SD would help you, please look into using a different dog, and let your tripod stay home.
This is coming from a person who HAS experience with a tripod animal and the problems that they have. Early arthritis is just one of the problems to consider. Just having a tripod is challenging if your interested in keeping them fit and healthy. Don't make your dog work for you on top of it. Please.
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