We're going on a hay ride to a corn maze and pumpkin patch! Arlen is so excited, he remembers this from last year! I'll try to get pictures even though it's already getting dark.
@lisajanesimmons if your answer is because it shows they aren't trained, let me ask you this: if a dog has a collar and leash on (tools, just like a head halter) does that mean the dog doesn't know how to maintain a heel? No. The answer is no. The presence of tool does not define the skill level of an animal. Many disabilities benefit from added communication of a tool. Do they need it? No. Do they benefit from it? Yes. Perhaps if you are concerned about a tool meaning a lack of training you should contact the many guide dog, mobility dog, and other service dog programs that are well established and effective that use tool or different kinds such as a head halter. Using a term like "never" when viewing something with a closed mind can be harmful to those involved. Perhaps before commenting in ignorance next time, you take a moment to question if you are misinformed/uneducated regarding the topic you seem to so firmly believe you have an answer to. Especially when you weren't asked for your incorrect view
@lisajanesimmons why do you think that?
Service dogs should never wear a haltie
Diggin the boots, my friend!
@arlen_in_training thanks for the answer!
I agree. I put boots on Cas whenever the situation and weather warrants it!
Ahhh the shoes again! I can't! he's just too cute with them on!
@blazeinbham Great question! It's for basically the same reason WE wear shoes. Tonight the specific reasons I chose to have him wear them was because I didn't want his paws to get stabbed by corn stalks in the corn maze , and in case there was anything sharp on the ground, it was dark so I wouldn't know. So just to protect his paws. Other big reasons: in the summer to protect their paws on hot asphalt (asphalt gets MUCH hotter than any natural surface, and can burn unprotected paws in seconds in hot weather.), in the winter to protect their paws from all the ice salt chemicals and other ickiness. They're also great for keeping their paws clean or dry, and for gripping on slippery surfaces. It's completely the handler's choice if they want to put boots on their service dog, and we're not required to for any reason. (Though I think there are definitely reasons why they SHOULD be worn in certain scenarios!)
Why do service dogs/Arlen wear boots? Is it more accepted by store owners/public? I've always wondered this
He’s so cute! His little boots!!
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