When Is It Time To Retire A Service Dog?

While I get a lot of service dog related questions, since Sammy’s retirement we get a lot of questions about when the right time to retire is. While a healthy, well-trained, mentally happy, service dog can work until 9 years of age before they begin to show signs of retirement, that is no guarantee that your dog will.That is why the number one thing any handler wants to know when they become partners with a service dog is, when should I retire my service dog? … More When Is It Time To Retire A Service Dog?

Planning For Service Dog Retirement, Before Retirement Comes

If a handler is not able to afford the care, feeding and training of a service dog then it never becomes an option for them. However, if you are lucky enough to be able to have one, there are a few things you should be aware of long before your service dog retires.First and foremost, what happens if you die? While we don’t always like to think about it, our life can end at any moment (accident, stroke, heart attack, etc), so what would happen to your service dog then? If you received your service dog from an agency that will be taking it back, then you have nothing to worry about. However, the majority of service dog owners have already adopted their working dogs and provide training themselves or through a private trainer.  … More Planning For Service Dog Retirement, Before Retirement Comes