American Service Pets Blog
Read the latest news related to pets, ESA, PSA, laws, and tips and tricks for caring for your pets.
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What are the cutest dog breeds? Is there even an actual answer to that question? Where would one even begin? What qualifies a pup as cute? It makes the most sense to turn to the interwebs for a little guidance. In a completely unscientific poll on social media, I have discovered the top 6 choices believed to be the cutest. Do you agree? I guess we’ll see.
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If you are a dog owner, chances are you have asked, “Why does my dog…” at LEAST one time, at some point, since you’ve owned your pup! Dogs do crazy things; that’s just a fact of life. But don’t fret because you’ve come to the right place to learn a bit more about the “why” behind it all. Here is a quick list of our top 10 strange dog behaviors explained.
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As the temperatures begin to rise, we humans aren’t the only ones itching to get outside! We are sure your canine friend is also ready for lounging in the sun and exploring new trails. Before you slap on your sunnies and don the hiking boots, take some time to familiarize yourself with the common dangers outdoor fun can bring for your pup. We have put together a few outdoor tips for dog owners, including snake bites, ticks, and overheating.
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We all face the usual challenges of everyday life, but many also face difficulties that fall outside the norm. There are some mental health disabilities in this category, and one of them is PTSD. There are different treatment options for this condition but individuals have been wondering, can Service Dogs help with PTSD? Read more to find out!
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Summer is right around the corner. If you’re like me, I’m sure you’re already counting down the days and planning your “fun in the sun” bucket list. Many dog owners take their pup (I mean, furry child) everywhere, literally, everywhere. Venturing out into the heat on summer days is slightly different from other seasons, so fur parents have to remember to stay prepared! We have put together a nice list of summer safety tips for dog owners to help.
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If you love to or simply need to travel, you may be wondering how to make this possible without leaving behind your companion. We know that Service Dogs have housing and air travel rights, but are Service Dogs allowed in Hotels?
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Since the dawn of time, animals have been documented as being companions of humankind. They just have this innate, intangible quality about them that draws us near and makes us feel good. This seems to be especially true when it comes to a child’s connection with animals. Many people are familiar with Service Animals that can provide tremendous benefits for a child with disabilities or medical conditions like blindness, epilepsy, or hearing impairments. But for those dealing with more invisible mental health disabilities, would my child benefit from an Emotional Support Animal?
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If you are considering training a Service Dog to help with your mental health disability, there are some key details you will need to work out. Perhaps one of the most pressing is that of which breed will best serve your mental health needs. There are four specific breeds, known as the “Fab Four,” that hold the best Service Dog compatibility title. These breeds are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, and Collies. What makes them the best Psychiatric Service Dog breeds?
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Dog owners have already experienced that loving a pet is extremely beneficial to mental health. Similarly raising plants has been known to reduce stress and promote calm, relaxation, and feelings of wellness. Therefore it’s no surprise that pet and plant ownership often go hand in hand. But some plants can be harmful and even fatal to your sweet pup. Before you bring plant babies home to meet your furry baby, read our top 10 toxic plants to avoid if you are a dog owner.
*Estimated Read Time: 8 min, 32 sec. The cats vs dogs saga is a tail as old as time. Which is the superior breed of pet? There is much opinion on the matter, and so the debate rages onward. Cats and dogs both make wonderful companions in their own distinct ways. If you are curious which species would be best suited to meet your particular emotional support needs, read on!
*Estimated Read Time: 7 min, 25 sec. If you’ve got a new canine companion, there are some important things you should know about how to achieve that longed-for BFF status. Before you buy colored string to make matching friendship bracelets, you may want to take note of these tried and true methods to get your dog to trust. Once you’ve earned his trust, the love and respect will follow close behind.
*Estimated Read Time: 6 min, 7 sec. Dogs calm anxiety simply by being present. It’s no secret that dogs offer unconditional love along with endless amounts of hugs and kisses. The simple act of petting a dog is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and release serotonin (the happy hormone).