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New Life K9s values its justice-involved volunteers as well as public awareness and education about the criminal justice system. One of the ways New Life K9s does this is by sharing information about the successes of its program participants and promoting a greater understanding of what justice-involved individuals may benefit from upon release. Read here to learn more!
Do you ever get overwhelmed by the number of dog toys out in the store or online? Do you have a pile of toys that your pup shows no interest in? Then please keep reading this week's post for some tips on how to choose the right dog toy for your pup.
Did you know that New Life K9s has a sibling organization called Alpha Academy? Alpha Academy is a uniquely structured program for young men looking for mentorship in building and implementing a meaningful and healthy life plan. Learn more about Alpha Academy and how its programs work!
San Luis Obispo is a beautiful county filled with beautiful sites and outdoor activities. If you are looking to find enclosed dog parks where you can run your dogs freely, please keep reading.
A challenging aspect of preventing recidivism in justice-involved populations is how difficult the adjustment process can be when reentering society. A few areas which are notably difficult with reentry are seeking employment, finding safe affordable housing, as well as several other essential life activities.
Springtime is a wonderful time to enjoy the warming weather. But with spring comes some threats to your dog. Keep reading to see 6 tips for keeping your pup safe during the spring season!
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches individuals basic skills such as identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental illness or substance use disorders. Learn about the history and how it is being applied today!
Have you ever wondered if your dog loves you and if so how do they show that love? Chances are they adore you. Read to learn about both the obvious and less obvious ways a dog shows his love and affection toward you.
For over a century in the United States, there have been inmate programs centered on the therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits of animal interactions. Incarcerated communities have demonstrated an increased quality of life when caring for animals. Learn more about the history of inmate animal interaction programs and how they came to be.
Donating to a nonprofit is a wonderful feeling, but you don't need to donate money to make an impact. Consider donating an unused or unwanted vehicle to a worthy cause you feel passionate about. Read learn about the benefits of donating your unwanted vehicle!
New Life K9s' service dog programs not only support veterans and first responders but also provide meaningful opportunities for growth and joy to inmates living in three of the California state prison systems. Learn more about how NLK9s supports rehabilitation in these facilities as well as the other educational programs available to inmates.
Do you ever notice your dog has a stinky face? Dogs get dirty and need regular baths to get fresh and clean, but if you notice a stench coming from the face you'll want to read more to see what causes a stinky face.
Preparing for a new baby can be both an exciting and nerve-racking experience for a parent especially if you feel uncertain about how your dog might handle this transition. Learn some tips to help make this transition easier for you and your dog!
We all know that a dog's nose is wet. But have you ever wondered why? Read more to understand why dogs have an impeccable smelling ability and how a wet nose directly aids in their smelling superpowers.
Ever wonder what illnesses you should be watching out for in your dog? Learn more about some of the most common conditions found in dogs.
Separation anxiety in dogs can be distressful for both you and your pup. Learn what separation anxiety in a dog looks like and get tips to help mitigate their symptoms!
Traveling with dogs takes some extra planning. Luckily, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels and rental homes out there if you know where to look. Learn about common hotel policies and trip planning resources for dog owners that will make your travel plans easier and more affordable.
Positive reinforcement training is one of the most widely used dog training methods available. Learn exactly what positive reinforcement dog training is and some steps to get you started with training your pup!
Law enforcement departments are getting more and more tools to help them focus on mental health crisis and de-escalation situations. Learn about the benefits of a Crisis Intervention Team!
A raw dog food diet consists of uncooked foods such as raw meat like organ and muscle meat, eggs, vegetables, and bone. Although this diet trend has gained popularity there are serious risks involved with handling and feeding your dog a raw diet.
Over a third of households in the United States report that they are working from home more than they did before the pandemic. Many of these individuals have dogs as pets. With social distancing and other restrictions to indoor interactions, where can we go to get out of the house and relax? Where can we safely take our dogs with us? Some research says parks are the answer!
We have looked at strange dog behaviors and what they mean. This week we are looking at chewing, lip licking, and yawning behaviors and what they mean when your dog is trying to communicate!
Did you know that philanthropies also have their own international version of Black Friday? Over a hundred countries participate in GivingTuesday each year. Read more to find out about this global movement of kindness and New Life K9s’s humanitarian mission to give individuals a second chance at life with a service dog!
Dogs rely heavily on body language as a way to communicate so it is important to realize that these behaviors serve an important purpose. Learn about what shaking, ground scratching, and trembling mean!
Every purchase we make can impact the environment, even purchases for our dogs! Do you know if the companies you buy from have sustainable manufacturing processes or use safe healthy ingredients? Read our article to learn more about how you can protect the environment by choosing sustainable pet products.
Justice involved is becoming the new term to refer to offenders in the justice system. Read this week’s article to find out why shifting our perception of formerly incarcerated and incarcerated individuals is important to help humanize them.
Practicing yoga can be a powerful tool for maintaining physical and mental health. Surprisingly, there are even yoga routines your dog can learn with you. Read more to find out why medical researchers are exploring the benefits of yoga as well as how to include your dog!
Under the ADA, a handler reserves the right to train his or her own service animal. But where do you start? What should a handler expect and what must a dog know to be a service dog? Read our article to find out.
As a dog owner and service dog handler, it's important to know about ticks. Learn what kind of outdoor terrain ticks prefer and how to identify a tick on your dog!
Being a service dog is a big job and not all dogs make the cut. Dogs that are not suitable for service dog work are released from their training program. But what exactly are release dogs and why are they released? Learn about release dogs and what happens when they leave training!
If you're a service dog recipient that participates in shooting sports with your service dog, your dog is at higher risk for injury. Learn how to keep your service dog safe during hunting season!
Getting your service dog registered with the county is an underrated yet pertinent part of having a dog, including a service dog. Read more about the importance of getting your pup properly registered with your county.
Service dog partnerships are demonstrating themselves as a promising resource for reducing suicide and providing mental health support to at-risk populations such as veterans and first responders who have experienced trauma or mental illness. Find out how service dogs can help reduce suicide in veterans.
The PAWS Act is the first step to giving veterans increased access to service dogs. More notably, the PAWS Act will amend previous laws that limited service dogs to veterans solely with mobility impairments. Learn more about who is eligible and what organizations veterans can get service animals from.
August and September are important months for the service dog community. Learn more about the holidays that celebrate service dogs and how they help with public awareness!
There is a long list of unseen disabilities such as chronic pain, mental illness, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Read about the stigmas surrounding unseen disabilities and learn how to overcome judgments.
International Assistance Dog Week celebrates assistance dogs and their handlers. Learn about the origins and more in this week's article!
Service dog handlers can get a lot of questions and comments from strangers while they are out with their service dog. Keep reading to see what kind of questions service dog handlers don't like to be asked!
When bad weather or natural disasters occur, owners and handlers can sometimes be separated from their dogs. Learn some preparedness tips that can help you and your dog in the event that you may be separated.
Donating to a nonprofit can be a rewarding experience. Whether you are donating time or money, donating will make you feel good. Learn about the benefits of donating and how it can help your community!
An increasing number of fire departments across the United States have begun to recognize the many benefits of therapy and service dogs both as support providers at the scene of a fire as well as when serving as permanent companions to their fire stations. Read about the benefits of canine partnerships with fire stations!
Psychiatric service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to mitigate PTSD symptoms. Read to learn how a dog’s innate nature and unconditional love are important factors in helping people suffering from PTSD.
A lesser-known role service dogs can be trained to occupy is that of a facility dog. A service dog can receive customized training for work in organizations such as the judicial system. Learn how they help in courtrooms!
With the rising temperatures and long sunny days, there are some precautions you can take to keep your service dog safe and cool. Read our 6 tips to keep your service dog companion cool and comfortable during the summer!
First responders rarely seek mental health help for fear of being judged by their peers. Could this lead first responders to a higher potential risk of developing chronic post-traumatic stress or PTSD?
Maybe you've heard that service dogs are too busy working to have fun or that service dogs bond quickly with their recipients. We're here to tell you that these are just myths. We debunk these myths and more in this blog article!
Repetitive exposure to crisis situations takes its toll on first responders. We must take into account first responder’s humanity and extend services and support to help them with their mental health. See what kinds of programs there are for first responders.
It's clear that there’s some confusion about the role service dogs play and what is assumed rather than what is a fact. Read to see what common misconceptions we debunk surrounding service dogs.
Research studies continue to evaluate the benefits of service dog relationships with veterans and numerous other populations. For this reason, they are a key component in creating more successful PTSD treatment outcomes and evolving how medical communities approach trauma rehabilitation.
With the growing concern of fraudulent service dogs, you may find yourself asking how you can spot a fake service dog. Keep reading to see potential behaviors that fraudulent service dogs may exhibit.
Service dogs go through rigorous education to qualify as a service dog. Service dogs can be the determining factor between a life or death situation for their handlers. Read to see what traits qualify or disqualify a dog from becoming a service dog!
The trend of fraudulently passing a conventional dog, ESA, or therapy animal as a trained service dog is on the rise. Passing a pet off as a service animal is harmful to the people that need service dogs. So what can be done? Read more to find out!
Service dogs are required to be acknowledged for transport in the cabin with their handlers thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act. Keep reading to see what the process is to fly with your service dog.
The canine is our best friend and companion. Although we don't exactly know how canine minds work, science is making progress on this topic. Keep reading to learn about the similarities between the canine brain and the human brain.
As the use of service dogs in today’s communities grows, there is also an imminent need for healthcare provider education on the value and uses of service dogs. Learn about how service dogs can help their handlers during medical appointments.
Since the service dog is a right-hand companion to their handler in all public spaces, they will need to be presentable and well-groomed. Read tips on how to keep a service dog looking and feeling great!
There are still significant populations of people struggling with PTSD whose needs are not yet sufficiently being met by the conventional resources available. One important way that communities across the country are currently responding to this clear need and gap of support is through the development and implementation of service dog training programs.
Having a dog has an array of emotional and health benefits for humans. The human-canine bond is so powerful. It's no surprise that dog programs inside prisons have similar benefits when helping incarcerated people. Read to find out the top four benefits of prison dog programs!
One of the lesser-known skills of service dogs is their ability to be trained to recognize when an individual is experiencing sleep disturbances. Service dogs can be trained to recognize cues and disrupt active behavioral patterns stemming from sleep disorders, scenarios of emotional distress, or physical health challenges. Read to learn how service dogs help with insomnia, PTSD, and other sleep disorders.
Dogs communicate through their body language: stance, ear positioning, eye and facial movement, vocalizations, scent cues, and of course, tail wagging. But a pup wagging their tail does not always mean they are happy. In fact, a wagging tail may indicate anxiety, fear, or insecurity. Read to learn how to distinguish a happy tail wag vs an anxious one!
Oxytocin can have a balancing impact on the brain and it can help modulate the psychological symptoms of PTSD. Increased oxytocin levels are directly associated with increased social behavior, decreased anxiety or fear responses, and a heightened sense of personal safety and well-being. Read to see how having a service dog contributes to this!
In the 1970s a woman named Bonnie Bergin breathed life into the concept of a service dog, giving us the service dogs we know today. Learn about the origins of the service dog and how service animals got a start!
You're ready to get a service dog. So how would a service dog function in your place of work? This is a serious question that employers are also asking themselves. You are not alone in wondering what arrangements would provide the most benefit in these workplace contexts. Learn how to ensure the success of service dog partnerships in the workplace.
There are a lot of different methods for training dogs. Usually, training methods use discipline or positive reinforcement. But there is a revolutionary type of training method, called Bond Based Choice Teaching, that focuses on the bond between humans and canines, not just on blind obedience, cues, and commands.
The companionship of a service dog can increase an individual’s participation in leisure activities and social interactions. The lifestyle that comes with caring for a dog can be a positive incentive to participate in activities one might not regularly do without a canine companion. Read more to see the benefits of this!
It's important that our dogs feel comfortable and secure while walking on their leash. Dogs should feel confident while exploring new surroundings and using a We Leash can provide that for them. Read to learn about the benefits of the We Leash!
Leashes help keep every dog and every owner safe. Find out 5 reasons why using a leash is important! Whether it's obeying leash laws in your area or just being courteous, using leashes with dogs is a smart idea.
A post-mortem analysis of brain tissue from people who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may help explain enduring mysteries about the disorder.
Service animals may require more attention to their health and to their physical appearance than regular pets. We will look at five important factors to consider when caring for a service dog companion.
A PTSD service dog is a type of psychiatric service dog trained to do work and complete tasks to help mitigate the symptoms of PTSD. Read to find out six ways that a service animal can help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the tasks they perform to do so.
Service dogs and their handlers are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which states that “a public entity shall change its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.” It is crucial for both service dog handlers and public establishments to understand these laws.
Poodles are an elegant and highly intelligent dog breed ranking number seven in popularity according to the American Kennel Club. They are also amongst the top breeds to be service dogs! Read about Poodle origins, look at the three Poodle size varieties, physical and personality traits, and why these breeds are a wonderful choice as a service animal.
Known as a crossbreed or designer breed, these cute fuzzy pups are a mix of the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Because they are mixed dogs, they possess the traits of both their parent breeds. Read to see why Labradoodles make great service dogs!
Golden Retrievers & Labrador Retrievers are two peas in a pod. They are both among the top favorite breeds in America. These two breeds are similar in both build and temperament. They are highly trainable, outgoing, friendly, and lovable. Both have a calm and friendly temperament, are intelligent, outgoing, eager to please, and non-aggressive. Read more about how they are different as well!
There may be some debate whether to use a purebred dog or a rescue dog as a service animal, but one thing remains conclusive, all service dogs must have certain key traits to become a good service animal. This includes being intelligent and obedient, having overall good health, and possessing a calm and friendly temperament. Read more to see the pros & cons of each!
If you ever wondered what a psychiatric service dog is trained to do, then read on! Psychiatric Service Dogs work and complete tasks. These behaviors ultimately help mitigate psychiatric symptoms. A task is an on-demand trained behavior requested by a handler.
There are many symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks, insomnia, and anxiety among many others, so it looks different for just about everyone who has it. Among veterans, it has been shown to lead to other psychological conditions along with physical health problems. Here are four things to know about veterans and PTSD.
If you are looking for a service animal, knowing the differences between the different types of service animals can help you decide which would be best suited for your needs. Read to find out more!
Find out what kind of measures one should take when they encounter a service dog and their handler in public.