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Read the latest news related to pets, ESA, PSA, laws, and tips and tricks for caring for your pets. 

Can You Train Your Own Service Dog?
Psychiatric Service Dog

Can You Train Your Own Service Dog?

*Estimated Read Time: 6 min 17 sec
Service Dogs can be a lifeline for those with physical or mental health limitations. A Service Dog is specifically trained to perform work for an individual with a disability which helps them to regain some freedom without limitations. Traditional Service Dog training can be very costly, but what if there was another way? Can you train your own Service Dog?

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Are Emotional Support Animals Fake?
Education

Are Emotional Support Animals Fake?

Estimated Read Time: 6 min 22 sec
The topic of Emotional Support Animals is filled with controversy and hesitation. Unfortunately, ESA owners are often dismissed as self-serving pretenders. So are Emotional Support Animals fake? Let’s explore some truths and myths.

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How to Spot a Fake Service Dog
Education

How to Spot a Fake Service Dog

*Estimated Read Time: 8 min 6 sec
Service Dog owners live with an understanding that people are intrigued by their animals. However, because of misconceptions about Service Dogs, owners can be on the receiving end of inappropriate questions and discrimination. Learn how to spot to a fake Service Dog vs a real one.

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5 Mental Health Care Goals for the New Year
Mental Health Awareness

5 Mental Health Care Goals for the New Year

*Estimated Read Time: 8 min 9 sec
With the end of the year approaching, you’re probably thinking about resolutions you want to make. Resolutions, big or small, can often be hard to keep! Let’s look at a new approach… 5 mental health care goals to create positive change!

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How to Behave Around Service Dogs in Public
Education

How to Behave Around Service Dogs in Public

*Estimated Read Time: 6 min 18 sec
Thousands of people rely on Service Dogs to live independently. For individuals with a disability, their Service Dog is their lifeline. It can be frustrating when others are not well informed regarding How to Behave Around Service Dogs in Public! ASP is here to help.

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Top 10 Best Pets For Kids
Guide

Top 10 Best Pets For Kids

*Estimated Read Time: 9 min 37 sec
Bringing a domestic pet into your family can be rewarding and impactful! Having a pet is also a significant commitment and lifestyle change. Each stage of development with children brings different perspectives and challenges. Let’s look at the top 10 best pets for kids and the most important things to consider about each.

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Giving Pets As Gifts: Pros and Cons
Holiday

Pros and Cons of Giving Pets as Gifts

*Estimated Read Time: 8 min 23 sec
Does adding an animal companion to the family sound like an exciting idea for the Holidays? Before you make any decisions, you should know the Pros and Cons of Giving Pets as Gifts!

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Why Am I Depressed During the Holidays?
Education

Why Am I Depressed During the Holidays?

*Estimated Read Time: 5 min 47 sec
The holiday season can bring happiness and cheer, but it can also elicit quite opposite emotions. Mental health challenges are prevalent for many in the fall and winter months. Learn to recognize the signs of holiday depression and 5 ways to successfully cope.

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The Best Black Friday Pet Deals of 2021
Pet Products

The Best Black Friday Pet Deals of 2021

*Estimated Read Time: 7 min 27 Sec
It’s the most wonderful time of year because Santa PAWS is coming to town! We’re here to make sure that your pet’s wish list gets all the love it deserves with our gift guide for 2021.

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How Thankfulness Leads to Happier Living
Education

How Thankfulness Leads to Happier Living

*Estimated Read Time: 7 min 15 sec
As the holiday seasons approach many people are filled with expectations of festive joyful times with friends and family. Unfortunately, many others struggle with extra anxiety, depression, or loneliness around this time of the year. Research shows that a bit of thankfulness can help lift the spirits and bring a new perspective for all!

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New PAWS Law Helps Veterans Obtain Service Dogs
News

New PAWS Law Helps Veterans Obtain Service Dogs

*Estimated Read Time: 11 min
On August 25, 2021, President Biden signed a very necessary law into effect: Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act. For several years, veterans support groups have lobbied for these seemingly forgotten heroes to get the extra support they need. It has been a long time coming, but the PAWS act is a very hopeful and necessary beginning.

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Cuddling a Pet Reduces Stress
Education

Cuddling a Pet Reduces Stress!

*Estimated Read Time: 6 min 29 sec
When we reach our emotional breaking points, we may feel unable to effectively recharge or reset. Studies have shown cuddling a pet reduces stress! Discover the many mental health benefits of petting a furry friend.

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