Although every Service Dog Organization is responsible for the actions of the Service Dogs evaluated, trained and accredited, it is still the after training handling by the Dog’s handler, in this case the Veteran, to maintain TADSAW’s philosophy “If you set your dog up to fail, the Dog will fail” and consequently so will the Veteran.
A Service Dog may be accredited by successfully completing the Public Access Temperament Test, but in reality the dog only goes from the status of an “in-training service dog” to a “Service Dog In-Training” for the remainder of their career. And the handler must be aware of this at all times. Having a Service Dog is a 24/7/365 commitment for Life!!!
TADSAW feels that the actions by the Augusta, KS police could have been handled better, such as waiting for Alan to come and answer the door, rather than banging on the door and causing Midnite to be reactive in protecting his home. It is unfortunate what transpired resulting in the loss of a Service Dog’s life and the consequences facing the Veteran.
TADSAW also believes Alan should have taken better care of his Battle Buddy, by not allowing him to have free roam of the housing community he lived in. Roaming is unacceptable for any dog, but in the case of a trained Service Dog…. it sets the Service Dog up to fail, by allowing the dig to be itself, whether running and playing with other dogs or whatever. Not being on the leash and with Alan, suspends the dog’s function of being a Service Dog.
TADSAW and myself, stand behind this TADSAW Dog Trainer, and any other TADSAW Trainer, in her pre-training evaluation and assessment of Midnite, as being a suitable candidate for the program. There is no evidence this or any other, TADSAW Trainer does not comply with the training and testing guidelines of the TADSAW program.
This situation in Augusta, KS was unfortunate but it is also a learning opportunity to assure every Veteran realizes their responsibility to their Service Dog Battle Buddy to KEEP THEM SAFE and out of harm’s way.
It is still TADSAW’s commitment to using only positive reinforced training methodology in the building of the canine-human bond, so necessary in any type of working dog relationship. ‘TOGETHER YOU TRAIN TO HONE YOUR SKILLS AND BOND AS A TEAM”!!