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Although Don is trained as an ADL service dog, he does many things for me that he's not been trained to do. He's a sensitive dog and picks up people's feelings very easily.

I’m fluent in English and Dutch. I know a few words in German and Welsh and I know even fewer words in French.

I have a question for you. How do you know the difference between a Service Dog and a pet dog? 

Hi! Many people ask what I can do. So I got the chance to take over the MacBook and tell you all about a typical day as my human’s  Service Dog. 

Training with Don really felt like I was in school again. Everything I had learned and achieved some 14 years ago when training my Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cracker, had to go out of the window.

Although we were almost sure Don would be a good match, the only way to find out if there’s really a click is to let him stay with me for a week. On January 15th the big day came.

 One of the questions that came up multiple times while going through the process of matching me with a Service dog was: ‘How are you going to know where the dog is and if he’s completed a task for

A little more than a week to go, and then the season starts, at least for us, again. Which season, well, the show season.

After applying for a service dog, the process continues with an assessment. My assessment started with a phone call.

Getting undressed, picking something up when you drop it or even just grabbing your shoes from the floor. They’re things many of us do without thinking. They’re part of daily routine.