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The owner/operator is the same sleeze bag summer's eve satchel that also owns an on-line company that will write anyone with the cash an ESA or PSD letter.  They charge extra if you want them to answer the phone if a landlord/realty company or the airlines call.
ugh! This sort of thing always makes me feel so icky inside. I really wonder sometimes if people who buy those sort of products in order to cheat the system, or who do similar things, realize how hurtful and somewhat disrespectful it is to PWDs. It makes light of the problems we have to deal with and which then causes people with whom they interact to make light of the problems... :sigh:
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The owner/operator is the same sleeze bag summer's eve satchel that also owns an on-line company that will write anyone with the cash an ESA or PSD letter.  They charge extra if you want them to answer the phone if a landlord/realty company or the airlines call.
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The good news is that if you read the comments, the journalist has edited the piece to remove the word "service dog" after someone respectfully pointed out that the dog is not one.  The person then thanked him for the edit and he replied that he "striving for accuracy".
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IIRC there has already been an unanswered accusation of aggressive behavior from this dog. No way to know whether it is true or not since I have not seen that issue evaluated and resold. Just the parent's claim that because it is called a service dog it is therefore incapable of aggression. I'd like to see it independently evaluated by a behaviorist to resolve this accusation once and for all.

Do you remember which article or could you be confusing the teams (since we've had at least half a dozen elementary school age teams hit the paper this year)?  This is the white Bouvier (which the color makes me wonder about the likely sketchy genetics behind the dog).  We've also had the South Florida APBT paired with a boy, and the Sherrod mess with the black Lab that is aggressive towards wheelchairs.
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http://www.wjhl.com/story/28824374/local-veteran-searches-for-missing-service-dog-in-johnson-city
Local veteran's missing service dog found in Johnson City
WJHL-2 hours ago
Jay Evans says his dog known as, Hootchie, was found at Popeyes in ... A local veteran is hoping someone has seen his service dog in
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Emotional Support Animals (publicly viewable board) / Re: Cat Training
« Last post by Sunflower on Yesterday at 12:22:49 AM »
I taught two different cats to come when I whistled.  They were fed twice a day, so each time I went to the kitchen to feed them, I'd whistle the same two notes.  Soon they learned that coming meant "happy things" like food or petting or playtime with me.  They also learned to ignore the songs I regularly whistled, as I ignored them if they came during that time. 

One of the cats was around 17 when I began teaching this.  My sister's cat, whom I lived with.  He would happily come for food, but not much else.  My own kitty was about 11 months old when I started, and he was far more social.  He would come running from anywhere in the apartment when I whistled, and was happy to be rewarded with pets alone!
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http://www.womansday.com/life/pet-care/news/a50325/13000-dogs-have-come-down-with-the-flu/

13,000 Dogs Have Come Down With The Flu
A canine outbreak is sweeping the Midwest
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http://wpri.com/2015/04/16/rare-canine-flu-infecting-dogs-around-us/ Health officials say the flu outbreak has already sickened 11,000 dogs in the Midwest. local veterinarians say it is in Rhode Island
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Emotional Support Animals (publicly viewable board) / Re: Cat Training
« Last post by Kirsten on April 16, 2015, 09:48:03 PM »
Cats are notoriously difficult to train.  They aren't biddable like dogs, meaning they are not "team players."  For a cat, you have to approach it as if working with a mercenary.  What's in it for them?

Don't get me wrong.  I love cats and have all of my life.  But they do think the world revolves around them.

I think you start by noticing something they like to do and seeing if you can put that on command.  One of my cats liked opening the cabinet under the kitchen sink where I kept her food.  So that was the first thing I put on command for her.

I also think clicker training in particular works well for cats.  Dogs are cool with you posing their body parts so long as you've done body desensitization with them and handle them gently.  I've never succeeded in convincing a cat that me putting his paw someplace he didn't think of himself was ever going to fly.  You have to make them think it was their idea, and clicker training when done correctly does just that.  From the cat's perspective the question isn't "what does the person want me to do?" but "how can I get that silly human to click the thingy that makes the yum appear?"  Think about how good cats are at getting humans to open doors for them when they want.  That is how cats are wired.  Let them manipulate you into them doing what you wanted so that you cough up the treat.

Ping pong puppy also works for kitties.  I've played a variation I invented called "Kitten-ockey," a contraction of "Kitten" and "hockey."  It involves a rubber ball, a cat, two rulers, two human players and a hallway, but it does not teach the cat to come when called.  Just a fun game.  The humans tap the ball back and forth and the cat randomly changes the ball's direction so you never know where the ball will go next.  The game ends when the cat gets bored and leaves or he runs off with the ball.

Here are some instructions (three versions) for ping pong puppy:
http://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/blog/teach-your-dog-to-come-through-puppy-ping-pong/
http://www.petsadviser.com/behaviors/how-to-train-a-dog-in-recall/
http://www.overthemoondog.com/basic-training/ping-pong-pup-training-basic-reliable-recall
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Emotional Support Animals (publicly viewable board) / Re: Cat Training
« Last post by Tuttleturtle on April 16, 2015, 09:37:28 PM »
How solid are you at clicker training? Clickers are your friend with cats.

I actually started with sit, not come, I found it a much easier thing to start with personally, but that was personal preference.

(I'll reply more when I'm not trying to keep my head on straight because it feels like it is sideways, if nobody else gives the information first. Wanted to make sure to mention clickers though)
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