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In the News (publicly viewable board) / Re: Stressed? This Dog May Help
« Last post by Roxie on Today at 01:13:46 AM »
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If teachers feel a child is faking to avoid being in the classroom or taking tests, it's the counselor's job to work with the student to figure out what's going on, why the student is stressed and what to do to fix it.

The first to fall under scrutiny and question should be the teacher who has not the skills to engage children's natural curiosity and desire to learn and please! Next is the home life and social involvement and health/nutrition of the child.

Hungry, fearful, hurting, ill children have a difficult engaging in classroom learning as their engagement is just focused staying alive and warm another day. They need acknowledgement, security, safety, continuity, support, adequate food, adequate physical and dental care. Or concentrating on learning will be very tough.

Now adolescents are a completely different galaxy!
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In the News (publicly viewable board) / Re: Stressed? This Dog May Help
« Last post by Qamapak on Today at 12:32:37 AM »
Oh, for the love of G-d! Idiots can be found anywhere! A counselor is supposed to be a person who is tuned in to the children she serves. Why would she even want to delegate that to anyone, much less a dog?! A couselor is not there to police children. If teachers feel a child is faking to avoid being in the classroom or taking tests, it's the counselor's job to work with the student to figure out what's going on, why the student is stressed and what to do to fix it.
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Only had one landlord look at me twice when I went to rent a place with my second SD in tow, my rather large GSD. He asked me what he ate, I joked and told him "drug dealers, bullies, and thieves." He replied "That's a GOOD dog in MY book!"
Hehehehe, never had any trouble out of him.
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If the puppy is 9 weeks old, it's not a SD.  Sheesh, it's not even a SDiT, either!  At that point the puppy is only a SD candidate. 

Drives me crazy how owner-trainers bring home a very young puppy like that and immediately label it a "SDiT".

Most people call puppies "SDiT" even though, yes, it is a candidate. I had never even heard the term of SD Candidate before I joined SDC and I had been using SD for a very long time. I was used to service dogs and service dog's in training with their puppy raiser's. Technically, they are candidates. So I tend to let this one go.

It is definitely not a SD as a young puppy.

I still think there has been some previous problems between the two parties and this is what it came to. Hopefully, something will get worked out for all involved.

When i had my Lab service dog and rented a new apartment I told them I had a SD that was 70lbs, a Lab and was used as a service dog. This was a non-pet friendly apartment complex. They were totally fine with it and I never had to talk about it again. They liked him, too.

I had lots of problems with other apartments that said they had nothing available when they saw what I looked like. When I sensed something was up I used to send in a friend or my mom and guess what? Plenty of units available.  :biggrin: So it depends on the complex and the landlords. Like anything else in life....your results may vary.
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Yeah but that's what the rest of us have been discussing that you called being judgmental.
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How silly that you are thinking I consider a 9 wk old puppy a SD! That was nothing I mentioned nor discussed! LOL 
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If for some reason this puppy doesn't fit the rental policy, then it was up to the tenant to discuss it with the landlord before getting the puppy. This is true for an actual service dog as well. You're supposed to ask for a reasonable accommodation BEFORE bringing the dog in.

Roxie, a 9 week old puppy is not a service dog. That's not judging anything. It's just fact. He's not even old enough to be toilet trained yet. Maybe it's an ESA. Who knows. Reporters often get facts wrong.
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If the puppy is 9 weeks old, it's not a SD.  Sheesh, it's not even a SDiT, either!  At that point the puppy is only a SD candidate. 

Drives me crazy how owner-trainers bring home a very young puppy like that and immediately label it a "SDiT".
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Not judging at all, Roxie.

I'm thinking there's been past troubles between this vet and the landlord and he's using the excuse of having a service dog to get the media's attention.
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I have never filed a "game plan" with a land lord or any one about how I conduct my life (ie: me having a dog or pup in a rental unit) I only rent from pet friendly landlords, and as long as I meet my lease obligations - I have no further obligations. I work - raise kids - pay my obligations - have excellent references. I don't feel the need to share my personal life, how I do things and choices with anyone. My life: my terms. I have nothing to prove.

Sometimes I have negotiated a 3rd dog be added to a lease. If the landlord refused, I would accept that without argument. But, I may choose to live else where!

Why are we judging someone based on a news article or story? We weren't there! We only hear one side.... and is it accurate? We don't know the persons or the circumstances.

I think there is more to this story.... as does ZF
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