Beau is a Border Collie – American Pit Bull Terrier mix. I say this fairly confidently but in all honesty we have never had him genetically tested so he could be a Standard Poodle – Labrador mix for all we know. I’m saying this because in reality it doesn’t matter but it is the number one question we get asked.
Did you know any breed and any size dog can be a service animal? Also the only animals qualified to be service animals according to the ADA are miniature horses and dogs! Can you imagine, a miniature horse as a service animal? I can, those animals are very smart and seriously some Great Danes are just as big. More fun facts about service animals are that they don’t have to registered, certified or licensed to be a service animal and lots of service animals are owner-trained. Beau is an owner-trained service dog but I do have a behaviorist and a service dog trainer I work with to properly train Beau. All the training takes a lot of time, dedication and consistent practice. One last fun fact about service animals, they do not have to be vested or identified in any way when out in public. We call it “working naked”. I rarely work Beau naked because I don’t like the reaction from others when I am in public with him. I do change him into a red bandana that states he’s a service dog when it gets hot here (we are in Texas where it get’s crazy hot) but if he’s not in the bandana, he is in his service dog vest. It also helps him to realize when he is “on”. Many people comment on how “calm” he is when we are out but when he is off and at home, he is a nut and full of crazy energy.
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