Do you NOT exercise service dogs like a normal pet? And another question:
1. Do you not exercise a service dog similar to the amount of exercise you would give your regular non-SD pet dog?
2. Are there situations where your service dog DOES NOT live at home with you?
Here's what's bringing me to ask: I have a neighbor who moved in with cats. I guess their cats started peeing in the house, so they threw them outside to become outdoor cats. We have packs of coyotes that roam our neighborhood, and we've had them come right up on our porch. Not sure how long these indoor (now outdoor) cats will last before they become yummy snacks.
So now the neighbor has come home with a dog. I rarely ever see the dog or hear it. I don't know how often it gets to go outside to go potty. I see the family take it for a walk maybe once a week, and other than that, no exercise. It's certainly not left outside to exercise itself or to go potty often, as my dogs would alert me to the fact that it was out there. They don't. Poor dog. I feel as though, if the family couldn't care for their cats to the point that they threw them outside, why would you go get a dog? Well, now we were made aware that they recently got a 2nd dog, a service dog. I've never seen it. EVER! Where are they hiding this dog? When they go for a family walk, they only have the "pet" dog with them.
I'm the type that wants to live in the country to avoid neighbors, so I'm not some creeper spying on my neighbors. I actually don't pay much attention at all. But certain things, you just can't ignore or avoid. This is one of those situations. I wish I didn't know or see what was going on, but since we're neighbors and I'm a big animal lover, I wonder what exactly is happening over there sometimes. Ha!
So I was thinking, maybe this SD is an animal that you go pick up and take around with you when you need it, and if you don't need it, it stays somewhere else? Maybe that's why I've never seen it being exercised, walked, taken to go potty.
Their pet dog is allowed to run around their unfenced front yard. We've caught it pooping on the opposite side of our house, out of sight of its owners. Drives me crazy. We will pull up in our driveway and the dog will come running up on our moving van. It's a cute dog, part GSD and all, but I don't want to accidentally run over their dog. I also HATE when any dog poops in our yard and the owners leave it there for us to pick up. In this situation, the owners didn't even know it was pooping because they couldn't see it. Now, any time this dog is off leash running around our yard, I come out of the house and chase it back over to their yard. It growled and barked at me, and then the owners recalled it and yelled at it. Poor dog. We haven't had too many issues, so I'm not so worried.
But the SD is a big mystery. I'm so confused. Ha.