Not all service dogs are labs or golden retrievers. There are a number of small breed dogs that perform their duties as a Service Dog with ease. Some handlers prefer to use a wearable dog carrier when in public with their small breed Service Dog. Here we will take a look at some of the pros and cons of carrying your small breed Service Dog in a wearable dog carrier:
- Safety of the Service Dog: they are not likely to get accidentally stepped on if they are in a carrier.
- Handlers hands are free: to carry groceries, open doors, etc.
- Service Dog is close to the handler: In the case of a Psychiatric Service Dog, the physical sensation of having the Service Dog so close can be very beneficial to the handler
- People are not able to pick up your dog! Many times people with small breed Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs are faced having to repeatedly instruct people that they are not to pick up the dog, no matter how cute he looks in his service vest.
- Response Time: In the case of a Diabetic Alert Dog or a Psychiatric Service Dog the close proximity may allow the dog to smell or sense the changes in the handlers scent almost immediately (as opposed to a second or two if the Service Dog is on the ground at your side surrounded by a multitude of other scents)
- Direct eye contact: With some of the wearable dog carriers the Service Dog can be positioned such that he maintains constant eye contact with the handler. This could be beneficial for Psychiatric Service Dogs who are trained to assist their handlers with quick recovery from a panic attack. The direct eye contact may allow the handler to be reassured by the Psychiatric Service Dog very discretely.
- Lack of visibility of uniform: The uniform of a Service Dog in a wearable dog carrier will not be clearly visible in it’s entirety. This will cause additional challenges with entry to public places that are not already familiar with you and your Service Dog.
- Service Dog is restricted: Your Service Dog is somewhat restricted in the movements and tasks that he is able to perform while strapped into a wearable dog carrier. Should the handler experience a Seizure while the Seizure Response Dog is strapped into the carrier the he will not be able to check and clear his handlers airways.
- Safety of the Service Dog: The safety of your Service Dog could be compromised in the event that you take a fall or experience a seizure. A small breed dog could be injured or even crushed by the weight of a human falling onto him.
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