Rawhide is bad for your dogs. No rawhide for Genesis’ dogs.

October 7, 2021

Like all dogs, Genesis dogs love chewing toys, and there are countless to choose from: antlers, marrow bones, bully sticks, himalayan chews. But not rawhide. When a dog chews rawhide, it rips off large chunks that it can swallow and choke on. And because rawhide breaks down much slower than food, it can remain in […]

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New Rules for Air Travel with Service Dogs in 2021

June 18, 2021

In December of 2020, the Department of Transportation made extensive revisions to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), the law that requires airlines to allow service animals. These changes have been in effect since January of this year and have important consequences for you and your  assistance dog. To begin with, the definition of “service […]

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Preparing Your Service Dog For the “New Normal” Resulting From COVID-19

May 7, 2020

As businesses begin to reopen, is your service dog prepared for the “new normal?” If you’ve been out and about at all during the past several weeks, you’ve undoubtedly seen a large number of people wearing masks or face coverings. This has been a strange sight for many Americans and your service dog is going […]

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Weathering the Storm With Your Assistance Dog

November 8, 2019

We all love Florida, but there are times when our home is not the Sunshine State. The hurricane season (which runs from June through November) causes great anxiety to owners of all pets, including Assistance Dogs. The special nature of Service Dogs can make the task of incorporating them into a Hurricane Readiness Plan complicated. […]

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GUIDE: How to Get a Service Dog in Florida {Updated 2021}

July 19, 2019

mobility service dogs in Florida This article is regularly updated with new, relevant information as needed.  Who is eligible to get a service dog in Florida? Anyone with a disability, which the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits one or more major life […]

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Assistance Dogs in Florida don’t always get needed exercise.

July 11, 2018

Assistance Dogs in Florida don’t always get needed exercise. As I watch Andrew and Motive working and enjoying time together in the pool, I am reminded once again of the importance of keeping your assistance dog healthy and fit. Motive has always struggled with his weight. Our vet has worked diligently with Andrew to develop […]

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Air travel with an assistance dog.

June 17, 2018

For many travelers, flying has become less and less enjoyable as the years have passed. Imagine the complications you may encounter when traveling with your assistance dog. Andrew and Motive took a trip to Atlanta in May, 2018. It was their first flight together as a service dog team. It was fraught with challenges despite […]

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Your application for an assistance dog from Genesis would be denied if…

May 24, 2018

If you are seeking a medical alert dog for conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, diabetes, cardiac problems, hearing or vision problems, your application for an assistance dog from Genesis would be denied. While medical alert dogs are indeed considered to be service animals, Genesis Assistance Dogs, Inc. does not train dogs for these disabilities. People […]

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You can be a Genesis Assistance Dogs Puppy Raiser

May 3, 2018

Genesis Assistance Dogs, Inc. is looking for a few good women/men/families who are willing to meet the challenge and help us to get our mobility assistance dogs fully trained and equipped to help those waiting to regain their independence.  If you have ever thought about getting involved in something that is unique, challenging, rewarding and […]

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Retiring Your Assistance Dog

March 23, 2018

We all imagine the day we will be able to turn off the alarm, roll over and start the day when we want to. Ah, to dream about retirement. No one knows for sure if assistance dogs dream about their retirement, but there will come a time when a service dog will no longer be […]

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