Flashback Friday: Dog Distraction

To explain how Seeing Eye dogs are trained to ignore their instincts, I’m going to use an example. Juno is, of course, our working dog. Fluffy will be our civilian dog. Here’s how Juno learns to ignore Fluffy:

Guest Post: An Open Letter to New Guide Dog Handlers

This week, fellow blindfluencer Rhianna McGregor and I swapped blogs again. We’re both on our second dog guides, and decided to share some hard-won wisdom from our experiences with new and prospective dog guide users. We’ve attended different schools, worked with different breeds, and learned different lessons.

Traveling with a Service Dog: Packing List

But sometimes it just can’t be helped. For all their usefulness, service dogs tend to have a lot of the same needs as toddlers, and toddlers don’t travel light.

Traveling with a Service Dog: Planning Your Trip

Today your favorite blindfluencer asks you to share the most unusual place you’ve taken a furry friend! Tell me the story and you might get featured on The dark Side!

Aggression Appreciated: A Defense of the Fight Response

Cowardice is no longer the crime it once was. The face of fear is cherished and soothed. But when it puts on the mask of aggression, do we recognize it?

Flashback Friday: What Do I Do with My Dog when…? The Final Installment, Take 2

Good things in life are rarely as fragile as our fears of failure would have us believe.

Greta Explains the Therapeutic Process

Today Greta and I are going to guide you through the basics of the therapeutic process as it applies to both humans and dogs. Greta’s hit that “partial therapy crisis” in her own training, and it provides a unique and adorable way for me to share with you some inside information about the often mythicized process of mental health counseling.

Flashback Friday: What do I do with My Dog When…? Part 2

“What do I do with my service dog when I’m on stage?”

Flashback Friday: What do I do with My Dog When…? Part I

As my confidence in our future grows I begin to imagine how Prada fits into each area of my life, and I have suddenly begun to realize just how many bizarre things we humans do. How will Prada make sense of a gym? A public pool? Will she come on stage with me when I sing with my college choir? What about travel? Where is she allowed to go, and where is her access restricted?