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Your Questions About How To Find A New Home For Your Dog

Mark asks…

How do you feel about making dogs vegan?

Don’t say it can’t be done, they are omniovroes and people do do it with their animals and I’m not talking about commercial vegan dog food which is all grains, I mean home made dog food with supplements, what do you think?
(BTW I’m not saying I’m doing it, I’m just continuously researching it and I wouldn’t do it too my cat without some serious professional help on the right supplements as well as nutritional profile and blood test checks which I don’t want to do)
Tofu = soy which is bad for MOST dogs, one of mine is allergic the other isn’t.

New Niche Finder answers:

Your question here isn’t “research”, it’s asking a lot of strangers their opinions. While I share the opinion that a vegan diet is unnatural and unhealthy for dogs, if you are serious about ‘research’ you’ll look for qualified, appropriate experts to address your question. I’d suggest spending a few bucks to buy some time from an accredited canine nutritionist.

That being said, just because you choose a vegan diet and/or lifestyle doesn’t give you the right to force your choice onto others, either human or canine.

John asks…

How do I get my Dog Certified?

I’ve been diagnosed with severe depression, and have suicidal tendencies as well as problems hearing. I’m currently a college student preparing to transfer to a four year university. The only thing that calms me is the companionship of my puppy, though I fear that the school or the apartments near school would not allow for my puppy.

Thus I’m wondering how I would be able to bring my best friend with me. How would I have my dog either certified as a Therapeutic Dog, Service Dog, or Emotional Support dog? I’d be grateful for information on all three as I can also better understand for myself.

It is to my current understanding that Therapy Dogs are used to take care of people for example in nursing homes or retirement homes. Service dogs are used to help people like me with problems hearing. Emotional Support Animals are also used for people like me who have severe depression and suicidal tendencies.

Would it therefore be recommended that I have him certified for my university and future housing situation?

I’ve asked this question before, and was met with dreadfully rude answers by people who “think” they know everything or accuse me. I’ll expand on my question here.

I am legally deaf in one hear due to an injury from my father’s abuse when I was younger, who is also the cause of my emotional distress, and the reasons why I was seeking therapy. It is this therapy that recommended my mother to buy me a puppy (of course I also pushed for the idea with my mom). I’m with my mother now, but nothing can be done about that ear. The other ear has hearing problems as well as a constant non-stop ringing sound from overdose but is a little better with aid. My dog has never been trained before, but he does do something peculiar, he’ll tug back on his lease if I’m walking into traffic, or lead me to the door when the doorbell rings and I can’t hear it. He’ll also alert me if anything was wrong in the house, mainly just fallen objects or broken dishes that I don’t hear.
Do people not understand how to read?

I am legally deaf in one ear / The other ear has hearing problems as well as a constant non-stop ringing sound from overdose / therapy that recommended
I am legally deaf in one ear / The other ear has hearing problems as well as a constant non-stop ringing sound from overdose / therapy that recommended
I am legally deaf in one ear / The other ear has hearing problems as well as a constant non-stop ringing sound from overdose / therapy that recommended

It’s not about me not feeling well so I have to have a dog around.

New Niche Finder answers:

Yes, we do understand how to read. YOU are having difficulty in understanding the law regarding what constitutes a ‘disability’ and what constitutes a ‘service dog’.

“Legally deaf in one ear” and “other ear has hearing problems as well” does not necessarily qualify as a disability; it is an impairment. ALL people with disabilities are to some extent impaired, but NOT ALL who have impairments meet the legal definition of ‘disabled’. Until you have been declared to meet the legal definition of ‘disabled’, you cannot legally have and use ANY type of service dog.

An example: I am ‘legally blind’ in my left eye, and have 20/200 vision in my right eye. However, I do not qualify as ‘disabled’ because I have corrective lenses which bring my vision in my right eye to acceptable levels. I have an impairment, but I am not disabled by said impairment. I cannot have and use a guide dog.

My wife IS ‘legally blind’ in that she meets the requirements of having less than 20/200 vision and a less than 20 degree field of visual acuity and her conditions CANNOT be corrected by visual aids, surgery, or any other means. Her impairment rises to the level of ‘disability’. She does have and use a guide dog.

You have a puppy. A puppy is NOT a ‘service dog’ no matter what it does. You cannot have your puppy “certified’ for three reasons:
1. You have not been legally declared ‘disabled’

2. It is not a ‘service dog’ as defined by the law

3. There is no “certification” of any legitimate service dog which is recognized or required by law. ALL of the “certification” and “registration” businesses are scams and frauds designed to separate stupid people from their money.

Again, I will post my previous answer, as you obviously cannot grasp the legalities of what constitutes a ‘disability’ as well as what constitutes a ‘service dog’.

In the U.S. To have and use a service dog, the person must meet the legal definition of “disabled” as set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act.

No legal determination of disability = no service dog.

Simply having a “disorder” does not mean one is disabled. Having a medical problem or condition does not mean one is disabled. Having depression does not mean one is disabled. Having severe anxiety and agoraphobia does not mean one is disabled. “Lack of social skills” does not qualify as a disability. Because one has had anxiety and panic attacks does not mean they are disabled. Being “impaired” is not the same as being disabled. Having a doctor give one a “diagnosis” is not the same as being disabled. Being too lazy to properly monitor ones blood glucose and insulin levels or choosing not to take prescribed medication properly is not a disability.

The person MUST meet the ADA legal definition of disabled. A simple “doctor’s note” or a mere diagnosis of a condition is not legal proof of a disability. Neither is being a recipient of SSI, SSDI or the use of any other definition. The only definition of “disabled” which matters for service dog use is the USDOJ definition.

Then the dog must be individually trained in work or tasks which directly mitigate the effects of the qualifying disability (the dog must do something that the person is unable to do for themselves because of their disability).

The simple presence of the animal is not a legal task or work under the law. Because one is more comfortable with the dog around is not a legal task or work under the law. “Feeling better” because the dog is there does not qualify as a task or work under the law. “Helping me stay calm in the stores and other places” is not a legal task or work under the law. “Because he gets me out of the house” is not a legal task or work under the law. “I don’t panic as much when the dog is with me” is not a legal task or work under the law. “She also seems to act weird before I begin to feel bad or have any episodes” is not a trained work or task under the law. “When I am near him and when I can hug him I feel almost whole” is not a legal task or work under the law. The dog must actually be trained to do something you cannot do for yourself, which is related to your qualifying disability. The dog must also be trained to behave properly when in the public venue, and be under the handlers control at all times. The work or task MUST be related to the qualifying disability.

The first thing you must do is to be certain you meet the ADA legal definition of disabled. Begin there.

William asks…

Anyone have leather furniture and a large dog?

Ok, Ive had it with cloth sofas and dog hair. I was wondering if I bought a leather set would it be easier to keep clean? My dogs are not allowed on the couches but, you know they get up there when no human is home. My dogs range from 209 to 9 lbs. Do you think trimmed nails would be a problem? Anyone else ever try this?

New Niche Finder answers:

I have 5 Great Danes.

Leather is the only way to go, however, being ‘leather’ it doesn’t take long for one of them to decide they are OK to chew on. It is incredible how fast a leather couch can disappear with a big dog. None of our dogs have been big chewers, even as puppies. All are crate trained and put away if we are gone for any length of time.

Our last couch was fine for months. When I jumped in the shower one day and came back out the couch was destroyed. I don’t even know which one did it, but I have my suspicions. We never had that problem with a cloth couch. We stopped using cloth because of dog smell and hair.

We keep our dogs nails dremmled so we have not had that problem of scratching.

Leather is really easy to clean. Also with cloth furniture, when you are used to your own dogs, you don’t notice how much your house smells like dog because the dog that is not allowed on the furniture get on there when you are not looking. Your guests notice.

With indoor dogs, leather furniture if possible, no carpet if possible. The house is easier to clean and will always smell better.

Betty asks…

Whatr the options for a dog that bites BESIDES euthanesia, preferably a sanctuary or home for agressive dogs?

he’s a 5 yr old portuguese water dog. he started biting people in the last year or so…we have tried everything, medication/obedience training/specialists but he still sometimes snaps at people (usually joggers and bikers) when we’re on walks and the vet has told us we’re out of options and he has to be put down…i was wondering if anybody knows about sanctuaries or homes for agressive dogs, preferably in the bay area so my family and i can visit.

New Niche Finder answers:

If the dog is that unpredictable he should be euthanized. He is not balanced and an unbalanced dog is not a happy dog.

David asks…

How do you introduce a new dog to your cats?

I am bringing home a new dog today. I know she is dog friendly but do not know how she is with cats. My cats do not like dogs. How would be the best way to introduce them?

New Niche Finder answers:

Just let the cats investigate the dog on their own terms. If the dog shows any sign of aggression, correct her immediately. Curiosity is okay.

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