Your Service Dog and You

A Practical Guide

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About the Book

Service dogs play an important role in society, assisting their handlers in leading independent, fulfilling lives. These amazing dogs are trained to work with a wide range of disabilities, from visual impairments to PTSD, and come from a variety of breeds and backgrounds. Some service dogs are custom bred and trained by large charities, while others are rescue dogs of indeterminate breed, trained entirely by their owners.
Disability knows no bounds and can strike anyone, at any time, leaving us alone, scared and confused, with many of us wondering how feasible it would be to integrate a service dog into our lives. This is a practical guide, written from the perspective of an ordinary dog owner turned service dog trainer, following her own need for a service dog. It covers everything from service dog breeding and selection, how to acquire a service dog, basic training, and public access work, to your dog’s eventual retirement. Chapters also detail the day-to-day realities of living with and loving a service dog.

About the Author(s)

Nicola Ferguson is a neurodiverse service dog trainer from the Wirral Peninsula, England, UK. In addition to training service dogs, she writes science fiction books and humorous books about dogs.

Bibliographic Details

Nicola Ferguson. Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9080-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4912-2
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World