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Veterans Corner

June 3, 2013

Veteran's Corner

Last week I received an email from a veteran in California, seeking assistance in replacing his dog that had to be put down after attacking a small child. The kennel that sold the dog to the veteran would not honor the request to replace the animal. After some research I had disappointing news for the veteran. When ordering the dog the veteran failed to tell the kennel: one, that he was a veteran; and, two, that the dog was to be used for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury therapy.

A “working or protective” dog was sold to the veteran.

Service dog, therapy dog, working dog  what’s the difference and does it really matter?

The answers are “yes” and “yes.”

Yes, there is a big difference between the classifications. Yes, it does matter to the dog, the handler and the public in general.

Here’s why:

A working dog classification could mean the designation provided by organized pedigree groups such as the American Kennel Club. Working group breeds are bred to perform such jobs as guarding property, individuals, rescues, as well as police and military work. The size of these dogs generally are large to giant in size, strong animals, capable of intense labor and fighting defensively. These dogs serve a specific purpose that requires specialized training to become professional working dogs. Their effort and value goes beyond mere pedigree or championship. There are more tan 14 subcategories of professional working dogs on record.  

A service or specialized assistance dog is specifically trained to assist humans with disabilities. They may provide functions such as sight or hearing. Many service dogs help companions cope with various mental conditions like post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and autism. Service dogs also support people with medical conditions including diabetes, epilepsy, narcolepsy and service allergies. They can also be trained to pull wheelchairs, carry oxygen, life-support equipment or medications for their human partners.  

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