No where else in my life do I allow people as close to me, my children, and my service dog as happens when waiting in line for a ride at an amusement park. In a crowded place with a service dog (especially a black coated dog that can be hard to see, you senses are heightened as you try to protect the dog and the people around you that don’t expect a dog to be there. So when waiting in a line for a ride, you can hear a lot of conversations of the people around you and next to you. And as I am generally the only one with a dog, many of those conversations are about us. Here are a few conversations i heard yesterday, all while waiting in line for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland:

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We took the family to Disneyland to celebrate my son’s 8th birthday. We also took our service dog Raven with us. We had a fantastic day, and Raven was amazing. Stella did the handling all day and Raven earned her keep with several low alerts. (The excitement of the amusement park tends to burn off blood sugar)

Based on a compliment we received from another SD handler and just how crowded it was yesterday, I realized I have never discussed how important it is or what is meant by protecting your service dog while out in public.

For public access work, distractions, obedience, and crowd control work, I can’t imagine there is any place more challenging¬†than Disneyland on a gorgeous Southern California Saturday. The park was jammed full of guests making it hard enough to traverse the park with kids, let alone a teenager handling a dog.

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