3/28 – Jeanne Hampl and Darcie Boltz – In response to service dog story on Today Show

Guests:

Jeanne Hampl, President of the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound

Darcie Boltz, Vice President of the Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound and Director of Heeling Allies.  Heeling Allies trains service dogs for people with mental health challenges.

A recent story on The Today Show with Matt Lauer has caused a strong response from professionals in the dog industry, especially the service dog industry.

The story of a three year old who has a service dog who carries her oxygen tanks around everywhere with her, has raised some concern.  Dog professionals notice the dog’s body language of being stressed and uncomfortable, as well as the blatant poor handling skills of the three year old.

Here’s a link to the story and video.  See for yourself!

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/21/10780622-girls-best-friend-is-dog-who-carries-her-oxygen

Below is a link to the article that spells out the dog’s body language

http://smartdog.typepad.com/smart_dog/2012/03/dog-body-language-how-to-tell-if-a-dog-is-happy-frustrated-scared-annoyed.html