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Yeah, we really need more government regulation with conflicting standards and a backlog of testing and certification. If you install or appoint a central agency, what about the dogs that are legitimately owner-trained?
A dog-trainer friend is working with a group of veterans (men and women) from the Vietnam era forward whose PTSD and assistance dogs have changed their lives in significant ways--and the fact that one of the dogs is a miniature poodle makes it no less legitimate a service dog, since it does perform specific functions and actions for her person, in particular, fetching things the vet can't reach.
I often think that, rather than being upset about whether a dog is a service dog or just a pet, we should allow dogs to go anywhere (except kitchens and operating rooms) as long as they're well-behaved. Even a service dog can be turned away if it is out of control or proves to be not housebroken.
Computers are being used to attempt to translate canine communication sounds.
An investigation in the UK shows that breed-specific legislation is not working.
It was a pair of plant geneticists who started to map the DNA of dogs.
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