Growing Up Wonder Dog

PSA: I will be on vacation for the next two weeks, without puppy access. I have not gone missing, and will be back posting pictures of the boys soon enough. (:

posted 3 days ago with 2 notes

myservicedogadventure:

Usually I don’t do fundraisers but the proceeds from this t-shirt go to the program that trained AIRLIE so that they can train more service dogs! Please consider ordering one!


Helloooo new followers! I’ve gained about twenty in the past week or so, which puts me at 10 away from 200 (that’s super crazy), and I’m not sure where y’all all came from but welcome! If y’all didn’t know already I have two service dogs in training, plus a personal dog and a family dog, and I also train dogs. I like dogs. Also pretty much every animal ever. I’m not particularly good at knowing things but I am excellent at knowing where to find out said things (thank you introversion and attention to detail!), so if you have questions feel free to ask and I will attempt to help you! 

posted 6 days ago with 1 note

why are my dogs so insistent that they lay against things? you don’t need to chew bones against my mirror. you don’t need to wrestle against my glasstop nightstand. you don’t need to throw yourself at the door to lay next to it. y’all need to calm down and just lay in the middle of the floor.

posted 6 days ago with 3 notes

amanha-e-outro-dia asked: "Ok cool I just wanted your opinion on them. There is one main issue I find with the service dogs that is heart breaking. When they reach 7-8 years old they are 'retired' and if the blind person lives on their own they cannot keep the dog. So they then either have to find another home for their dog or have it euthanised. Which although I realise it's in the best interest of the person and animal it doesn't make it any easier. I don't know how they can get around it."

wherehorsesmeetdogs:

foxinu:

angerinyourbones:

carryonmywaywardstirrup:

havocados:

I didn’t know about that. That’s really sad and needs to be changed.

Do any of the dog people following me know anything about this? I find this hard to believe, since people would get so attached to their service dog & they’d have to be capable of feeding them and providing basic care on a day to day basis while they had them in work anyway? I could understand that they may have to euthanise or rehome if they developed a medical condition that the person couldn’t cope with managing, but just because they’re getting a little older? :S

angerinyourbonesscumbagveganmooseingsridingthescree i cant think of anyone else right now

Yeah this isn’t really true. Guide dogs can work until their teens. Service dogs are not euthanized after they retire - not even guide dogs.

Jesus Christ people like to make shit up.

this is silly, you can google this and see that guide dog organizations in particular have waiting lists to adopt from them. the guide dog center in the uk had to remove their waiting list and now adopt out their career change retirees a little differently. 8 is not the cut off, either, as was already mentioned.

read more here, and here, and here, and here.

I’m sure guidedogintraining or growingupwonderdog can provide info on that too, as they work with service dogs.

There are lots of options for retired service dogs, euthanasia is not one of them unless the dog actually has a poor quality of life. The first option is retiring and staying with the partner - ideal, since it will reduce stress on everyone involved, but not always possible due to whatever limiting factors the partner may have that causes them to not be able to care for two dogs at once. Another popular option is to place the dog with a family member or friend - that way the dog & partner can still visit, and it is much less of a stressful move than placing the dog with a stranger. If it was an organization dog, the organization usually will take over - they can either offer the dog back to the original puppy raiser, or place the dog with a family/person on a waiting list who specifically asked to take in an older, retired dog (there’s a separate list for those looking for “career change” dogs who never became full fledged service dogs). But, service dogs work as long as they are able, not until a certain age. I have heard of dogs who are still working who are over ten years old, and still physically & mentally suited to the task. Retirement depends on the dog’s condition, and the dog’s tasks - often, a mobility & bracing dog will have to retire earlier than say a diabetes alert dog, simply because it is very taxing to help balance or brace someone especially as the dog’s body ages & wears down. If an organization is euthanizing dogs simply because they have been retired, it is not a reputable organization and no one should get dogs from there. Owner trained dogs are a bit different in that there is no organization to help re-home the dog, although many of them simply keep the dog or place it with a family member. 


Barkbox! They’re always so fast to get here but I’m forgetful so it takes me awhile to actually go into the office and pick it up.

The treats in the last barkbox were a big hit with every puppy, and the rope toy is still in tact despite some hard play time. The Eiffel Tower toy is also still in tact, because it is Sherlock’s and he has been gone while I have Percy.

Barkbox! They’re always so fast to get here but I’m forgetful so it takes me awhile to actually go into the office and pick it up.

The treats in the last barkbox were a big hit with every puppy, and the rope toy is still in tact despite some hard play time. The Eiffel Tower toy is also still in tact, because it is Sherlock’s and he has been gone while I have Percy.

posted 1 week ago with 5 notes

Percy picture dump! Look at all the fluffy.

posted 1 week ago with 10 notes

farfromequatorial:

The people next door’s dog is constantly crying and I can hear it through the wall and it makes me sad.

And also wanna go talk to them. But I can’t think of any way to say “hey I think your dog has separation anxiety, let’s work on this” that won’t sound rude and presumptuous.

They may not know, or may not think anyone can hear it. I didn’t know Bruce had separation anxiety until I moved into the apartment and my roommate told me. Maybe you could leave a note, if talking to them seems daunting? Put in some resources or something maybe?


It only took me a week to have a puppy sitter crisis. It’s like everyone is busy on the same days as me, and that makes finding a sitter super difficult. ._.

posted 1 week ago with 1 note

Hey y’all, this lady is having a contest to get half off a vest. If anyone maybe is getting their dog soon, or maybe your old vest is worn out, or maybe you just feel like a new one, go check her out. I don’t own one of her vests but they look pretty good and people seem very happy with them.

posted 1 week ago with 1 note

Look, I love rescues and I do believe the dogs need to be saved but there is absolutely NO reason to constantly rant, complain, beg or use all caps. Yeah, I agree with you that it’s horrible some dogs have been treated the way they have but posting DAILY rants about it, or begging every couple hours for fosters/donations in all caps and poor grammar is not how you get me to support your rescue. There are plenty of rescues who do perfectly fine without doing any of those things, and I actually enjoy having them on my Facebook feed. 

posted 1 week ago with 5 notes

Percy hasn’t yet learned about “other” rewards, so he doesn’t listen well outside without treats (most importantly, when I ask him to sit before letting him go potty). In a very brilliant moment, I licked my finger then put my hand signal close to his face and he did as I asked. Now I feel super smart.

posted 1 week ago with 2 notes

Breaking Percy news: We may have had a breakthrough in bell training! I’ve been asking him to ring it every time we go out, and a few minutes ago he walked over there and I heard it ring and I have no idea if it was an accident or what but we went outside and he peed! Run on sentences! Peeing outside! He’s been very reluctant to touch the bell (possibly because it’s rusty and feels weird?), so at least he got rewarded for touching it even if he didn’t mean to. 

posted 2 weeks ago with 3 notes

The #1 Rule of Service Dog Etiquette: DO NOT approach the dog without permission.

The plan was to go to Home Depot & half price books, but it was hardcore raining so instead we went to Petco and looked at all the critters! Maybe later today it will stop raining enough that I can see where I’m driving and we can make it to other places.

The plan was to go to Home Depot & half price books, but it was hardcore raining so instead we went to Petco and looked at all the critters! Maybe later today it will stop raining enough that I can see where I’m driving and we can make it to other places.

posted 2 weeks ago