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Virtual Learning

Looking for something a little different for remote home schooling, cub scouts, girl scouts and other groups? Google Hangout, Zoom and other platforms can help us stay connected during COVID-19. Learn all about service dogs with us! Service dogs learn many things that our students and scouts practice every day:...

Service Dogs, Students, and the Environments They Access

Originally published in the IAABC Journal – https://spring2020.iaabcjournal.org/service-dogs-students/ by Kristin Hartness Service dogs are working more and more with students. Those present in schools, colleges, camps, and other similar environments often struggle to understand the laws defining service dogs, what to expect from trained service dogs, and how to embrace...

Resources for Traveling to the Seashore

Some great resources for traveling to the seashore this year with your service dog!! https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/visit/visitor-accessibility-guide-to-nms-and-other-water-based-rec.html https://nmssanctuaries.blob.core.windows.net/sanctuaries-prod/media/docs/visitor-accessibility-resources-guide.pdf...

What Does Your Dog Do?

http://www.abilities.com/community/buzz/66e-service-dog.html June 2014 What Does Your Dog Do? By Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids Chances are the people aren’t going to stop you while crossing the street to grill you about your service dog. However, all users of legal service dogs must be able to answer these questions: Is...

Service Dogs versus Emotional Support Animals

http://www.abilities.com/community/service-therapy-dogs.html December 2015 Service dog? Emotional Support Dog? Companion animal? Therapy? By Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids Stop, the world is spinning with all the terms that are tossed in conversation about why someone has an animal they want to take in public. The truth is that it is...

Private Training vs Programs

http://www.abilities.com/community/assistance-dogs.html September 2015 Assistance Dogs: Private vs. Program Training By Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids More and more often I meet people who tell me they self-trained or privately trained their service dog.  The answers I get when I ask why they chose that route vary from thoughtful and...

What Does Your Dog Do?

What Does Your Dog Do? By Kristin Hartness, Canines for Disabled Kids Chances are the people aren’t going to stop you while crossing the street to grill you about your service dog. However, all users of legal service dogs must be able to answer these questions: Is the dog required...

Kristin and Asha Fly!

Kristin recently created this slideshow of her experience flying with her service dog.  It’s a powerpoint presentation, so if you have powerpoint, check it out and let her know what you think! airplane slide show...

Questions to Consider If You Want a Service Dog

Questions to consider if you want a service dog? When considering these questions, remember there are not right or wrong answers.  The answers will help to determine which organization is the best match for you.  What can a dog do for me? Remember while these canine partners are amazing, they...

Facilitation

Facilitation What is it? Facilitation is when a child, usually under the age of 14, is placed in a 3 way canine partnership.  The child, the service or social dog, and a parent work together in public environments as a team.  The team is a full team only when all...