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6 Year Old Killed By Service Dog

6 Year Old Killed By Service Dog That Attacked
by Kim Gebbia
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn- Police said a medical service dog that mauled a six year old to death had no history of violence, but professional trainers said that doesn't mean they can't or won't attack.

6 Year Old Killed By Service Dog That Attacked - NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports


Soldier's Therapy Dog Euthanized After Killing Six-Year-Old Boy
Susy Raybon
A specially trained German Shepherd that attacked and mauled to death a six-year-old boy in Oak Grove, Kentucky on Sunday has been euthanized.

Soldier?s therapy dog euthanized after killing six-year-old boy - National Military Community | Examiner.com


Many of us were afraid of actions like this happening. Training facilities and new trainers are popping up all over the place for vets & PSDs. Some are good and are choosing and training correctly. Others, well ...

Some are pushing to bring in a pet and teach it a few tasks and wow a SD in 6-8 weeks. Many go on about how every vet needs a SD to help them. People are pulling from shelters not knowing how to properly evaluate and are more in tune to "Save Two Lives" then to stop and follow a thought out stratergy. Dogs are being pushed through that are not suitable for the work.

Under the current push there is going to be others injured - both people and SDs out working in the community.

And ... SDs are not Lassie's or furry angels. They must be viewed as a dog first and the same safety measures taken as with other dogs.

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Oh, dear God

I hope this is a catalyst for making these dogs have to go through some formal certification and temperament testing process as well as training for the owners and a real assessment about the NEED for the dog in the first place.

I shudder thinking about my grandkids (my own grandkids but also others) being placed at risk because of some such dog brought into Walmart or whatever and something happens.

So what, specifically, should we do! I am willing to write letters, make calls, even visit representatives but am so tied up with other things that, like many, I can't make it a primary cause (in other words, a lot of us can be followers in getting something done)

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But we don't want certifications to be required. It can be dificult for those of us who train our own dogs to get to places where the certifications are given.

However, if you are going to train dogs for a fee, then perhaps some sort of licensing might be in order.
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However, if you are going to train dogs for a fee, then perhaps some sort of licensing might be in order.
THIS I agree with, and find it very sensible. I do not agree with a national licensing type deal for the dogs

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Unfortunately many service dogs are poorly trained, not proofed in multiple situations and/or have bogus certifications that their owners have purchased on-line. This (medical service dog training) is a completely unregulated industry, open to all kinds of scams and bogus trainers.
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Is it a Therapy Dog or a Service Dog?

I hate when the two terms are thrown together like it's one and the same.

Did you hear some of those statements the trainer made?

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Is it a Therapy Dog or a Service Dog?

I hate when the two terms are thrown together like it's one and the same.

Did you hear some of those statements the trainer made?

This one bothered me...
Patterson says it's easy for children to trigger dogs like German Shepherds, even if they are well trained.

What a sad situation. I agree service dogs and therapy dogs are different, but any of them trained correctly and of sound mind should not be easily triggered by kids.

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This one bothered me...
Patterson says it's easy for children to trigger dogs like German Shepherds, even if they are well trained.

What a sad situation. I agree service dogs and therapy dogs are different, but any of them trained correctly and of sound mind should not be easily triggered by kids.
yeah and the "making the screaming" stop part too.
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What a horrible situation!

Little kid left alone and unattended with a large strange dog? Why??

I don't know about the training part, my dogs are not as well trained as most of the dogs here and they have been around many kids of all ages and sizes (my nephews and nieces and even their friends),those kids scream a LOT, and my dogs either just ignore them or follow and play with them.
So this must have to do more with socialization or temperament.
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"Is it a Therapy Dog or a Service Dog?

I hate when the two terms are thrown together like it's one and the same."

The definition of a service/therapy dog varies so greatly from state to state that it becomes hard to diferentiate between the two groups and unfortunately they end up getting thrown together by the general public and in the press.
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