|Barked: Mon Oct 1, '12 7:08am PST |
|Hi folks, as some of you know we travel all over the US for my Hubby's job. He surveys for Natural Gas leaks. Well the company puts out a newsletter each month and this month they did a story on Dora.
Here is the Article:
Meet Dora, the amazing gas dog. Dora belongs to traveling Technician Dan & his wife
Brenda. Dora is a three and a half year old Norwich Terrier that they
have had since she was four months old.
We know that service dogs are trained to help sight impaired people. Service dogs
are also trained with smells, as in the case of cadaver or narcotics dogs.
Dora has scent related training in her role as Brenda’s medical alert service dog. In
her spare time, while waiting on Dan, Brenda trained Dora to find gas leaks with
positive treat reinforcement. It only took Dora a couple of 15-minute training sessions
to get the idea. Dora has found 10-15 leaks and can always find the highest
percentage leaks. Southern Cross equipment always verifies her discoveries.
Dora’s adventures of the life of a Southern Cross traveler are chronicled on her own
website at http://www.dogster.com/dogs/1028632#diary.
Norwich Terriers are trainable, but they are more likely to respond to a strong-willed
teacher who keeps the commands clear and upbeat. They crave companionship and
togetherness. Left alone for too long, whether indoors or in the yard, they can become
bored, restless and out of sorts.
Breeders in turn-of-the-century England developed a small rat-catching, fox-chasing
terrier called the Norwich Terrier. For several decades, this diverse breed had both hanging ears and pricked ears, not to mention
a variety of colors and coats. In 1964, the English Kennel Club categorized the hanging-ear variety as the Norfolk Terrier and the
prick-ear variety as the Norwich Terrier.
Norwich Terriers have small, sturdy frames covered in flat, wiry coats that come in red, wheaten, grizzle and black & tan. Their
slightly rounded heads have dark eyes, a fox-like muzzle and erect ears. They have sturdy necks, short backs, strong little legs
and medium-length tails that are carried high. Overall, Norwich Terriers have a tough but outgoing look.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service dogs are allowed anywhere the public is. This includes restaurants,
stores, movies, taxis and hospitals.
Service dogs can guide people, pick up items, alert to sounds, help with balance, alert to oncoming seizures, diabetic shock,
chemical sensitivities, panic attacks, bipolar mood swings, flashbacks, etc., which enables their owners to live a more normal life
with their help. And they can evidently find gas leaks too!
We enjoyed meeting Dora this month when her humans came into HQ for reassignment.
Oh and they had a nice picture of her on the page as well.
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