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Service & Therapy Dogs > Some confusion over rights of ESA vs SD
Pepper

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Barked: Thu Dec 18, '14 9:45am PST 
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Off topic: It's been a while, how do I post links in forums?
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Some confusion over rights of ESA vs SD
Pepper

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Barked: Thu Dec 18, '14 9:39am PST 
According to the ADA website, there is. But it is not required that a dog wear a particular color to match its classification, or any vest at all. If is suggested that handlers carry some information and know how to respond if questioned about their dogs.

I knew the changes for ESAs was going to be a problem. Some individuals with ESAs feel they are grandfathered, or entitled to full service dog status.

It is a problem. Some people appreciate the training involved to certify an ESA and grant the same privilege. Plenty are ignorant and unless a person is blind, don't recognize SDTHE status or know the law. (Which is why handlers are encouraged to carry ADA information to hand out )
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Choosing the Right Dog > Update right choice for elderly couple? Protection opinion?

Pepper

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Barked: Thu Dec 18, '14 7:46am PST 
It sounds like you know the Cane Corso nature and that
Malinois are busy dogs. Both breeds need firm, consistent handling.

I don't know where you live, what the shelter and rescue climate is, but when the finished product needs to be just so, an adult rescue is the way to go.
This means you toss breed out the window and look for a big mutt that looks and sounds like a bad a** sometimes, but it's all for show. I'm sure your grandparents don't want a dog that becomes a liability.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Advice Regarding Belgian Malinois and Tervurens

Pepper

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Barked: Thu Dec 18, '14 7:32am PST 
Mulder, I was trying to contain myself. Have you seen the YouTube video of 5 month old Mals? The poster calls them furry velociraptors.

OP, I'm thrilled you are looking at rescue. Stick with it. Neither breed is a cake walk. They need a firm confident handler and lots of mental and physical activity as well as social interaction. As you can imagine, this means a lot of time. If you will be looking for employment, possibly moving to accommodate a job? Wait, please.
Unless your employment allows you to include a dog on a daily basis, you will have a difficult time providing the time it needs.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Some confusion over rights of ESA vs SD

Pepper

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Barked: Thu Dec 18, '14 7:01am PST 
The ADA changed the classification and downgraded the rights/ permissions for ESAs in 2011.
I should add I don't agree with the changes. I know many with ESA are just as physically disabled by a mental disorder, PTSD or emotional disorder.
The subject has come up in connection with a Veteran who was asked not to bring his ESA into a well known chain store. The dog is very well behaved, but his red vest and ESA standing don't automatically grant him access. His person does not agree and is taking the store to task for their actions.
I have been walking on eggshells with veterans on the subject.
I could use some more education and input from anyone with SD or ESA. Ideally, I would like to get the store to allow both blue and red vests in without distinction.
I have ADA website information.
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Behavior & Training > New dog 9mo and some questions.
Pepper

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Barked: Thu Jan 9, '14 9:32am PST 
How long have you had him?
I'm going to guess less than 2 weeks.

It can take about 2-4 weeks for a dog to get used to the routine and settle in. Until then, consider all his behavior as temporary and sub jest to change.
Get him into a good routine. Reward him for behavior you like, including just quietly lying down.
Try food dispensing toys that are easy to use. Like the Amaze-a-Ball. Offer antlers, hooves or large raw bones to chew on.
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Behavior & Training > not responding to commands

Pepper

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Barked: Thu Jan 9, '14 9:26am PST 
This is one of most common complaints in the "not listening" department. The run away dog. frown

You didn't mention what training has been done for recall. Have you heard of the really reliable recall?
Booklet

Until you feel your dog will come when called, you have to live by 2 rules:
1 Don't let your dog loose.
2 If your dog does get loose - don't bother calling it. (Don't use your recall word)
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Behavior & Training > Problems with a Dobie boy.

Pepper

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Barked: Sun Jan 5, '14 5:38pm PST 
I agree he needs to be managed as others posted.

He's also only 7 months old. This is a beginning of adolescence and he may even become more challenging in the next year and a half. His self control went out the window when hormones came into play. Neutering may not solve his behavioral issues, BUT I hate that your BF won't neuter his dog. (I am starting to think men should only have females! I have a male friend who is waffling about neutering his GSD)
I would suggest keeping him on a NILIF plan and be very firm with his behavior.
Get back into training classes with him as a couple. It's good for him to know that other dogs and people in the room mean "time to pay attention and work".
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Behavior & Training > Merging two methods

Pepper

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Barked: Sun Jan 5, '14 5:28pm PST 
Have you considered volunteering at a shelter?
Walking and training shelter dogs is a huge challenge. You get the full mixed bag. Dogs with different personalities temperaments and drives. Adjusting to those differences is a challenge.

Most are food driven, but not for the same foods.
Some are toy driven. If it squeaks - YEAH! Bounces - woopie!
Some are nose driven.
Some are travelers and can't wait to go for a walk.
Some are snugglers and enjoy a quiet time away from their barking kennel mates.

Thinking outside the box becomes easier if you do so regularly.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Worried no other dog will live up to her...
Pepper

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Barked: Sun Jan 5, '14 5:13pm PST 
I don't ever want a copy (not that it's possible anyway) In the past 25 years I have had about 25 dogs pass through my home. My own, "guests" and foster dogs. No two were alike. Some I enjoyed, some I didn't.

There is one that my kids and I say was the "perfect dog".

Uh, wait, she didn't start out perfect....
She was hard to potty train.
We had to watch her in the yard because she would dig trenches (we found out why later)
She was 18 months old when she pulled up a chunk of berber carpet 4 inches wide and 3 feet long. We came home after 2 hours at church to see a long tan strand of yarn across the family room floor. My Pit mix (Woofie) with a face that said, "Didn't do it." And Candy suddenly slinking away cause her girlfriend sold her out.

A year later Woofie was gone and Candy had to buck up and be the dog of the house.

She did a great job. She was well behaved with company and when we took her places. She was a nanny dog at the dog park to young or small dogs. She was always gentle and not too forward with children. She never did like to 'Fetch'. But we had the only mole free yard in the neighborhood because she hunted them in the woods and did them in before they tunneled further. ( All her trenches as a puppy paid off). My boys dressed her in capes and rolled on the floor with her and she slept in the tent with them when they camped in the yard.

She was the perfect dog - eventually.
When she was almost 10 years old she died of a brain tumor. She left 4 humans and one dog heartbroken.

I have equally sweet stories about the dogs that came before her and after her.

A few things to consider:
I have learned more from my dogs than they ever learned from me.
My current dogs have a better, more experienced, and therefore different owner than my early dogs had.

Final note - our first foster dog was a Chocolate Labrador. It bothered me that I kept hearing she was "just like Candy". She was nothing like Candy! She didn't look like her, not as confident, she didn't play like her. To me she was like night and day. But to others she was another female Chocolate Lab - the same.
No matter how much another dog might look like Lupi, or act as well behaved, you, who know her best will see the differences more than the similarities.
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