Do I Have To Take My Service Dog With Me All The Time?

Homer and Imogene, two of our Already Trained Diabetic Alert Dogs learning to focus around distractions.

Rachel from Michigan has our question of the week. Rachel is interested in getting a medical alert dog for her POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). She is interested in one of our imprinted puppies from our next litter but has a question about taking her puppy everywhere while she is in school. She wants to know if there is some sort of law or regulation that states that once you get a service dog, do you have to take it everywhere with you all the time? See what our answer is to this question on this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday.

So what do you think my answer? Do you think once you get a service dog you should be required to take it everywhere with you? If so, please leave a comment below.

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4 Comments
  1. No you don’t worked with a speech therapist at a school he did not bring his service dog every day.

  2. Isn’t it difficult for the dog if they are not with you and unable to do their job? Does this cause stress for the dog since they feel they need to protect you at all times?

  3. It would be almost impossible to take your service dog everywhere anyway. However, it is a good practice to take your dog to places like the doctor, dentist, local ambulance company, police department, and even out to meet the mailman. Get them accustom to the people they may encounter in an emergency situation which are usually people in uniform. The local ambulance company calls now and asks if the dog can visit!! The police pull me over to give him treats!! The local E.R. personnel all grow smiles and take him on tour to see the less critical patients. Dos is a 4yo Rottweiler and highly socialized in all these places on a somewhat regular basis. My findings are it helps him deal with strangers but is aslo amazing to these people when he starts alerting them and I tell them if their BSL is high or low!!

  4. You should consistently work on separation training with your dog to prepare your dog for emergencies. This includes being in a crate and being alone with a trusted partner. You never know when something bad might happen to you (ex: in the hospital for 3 months) and if your dog screams and cries and is a nuisance its going to be boarded or sent to the pound rather than staying with your trusted partner.

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