Service Dog enjoying the attention of this little girlWhile all service dogs should always behave properly in public, not all of them are going to cohabitate well with other dogs, birds, hamsters or cats.  It is very important that the service dog has been tested in other situations involving other pets.  It is equally important to know if your dog or cat is going to accept your new service dog into their territory.  If not, then you will need to have a back up plan for your current pets. Normally if we know ahead of time (thus the need for home visits to learn the dynamics of your current dogs, cats, etc) we can test how one of the service dogs we have in mind for your situation and we’ll know in advance if there are any immediate issues.We do our best to choose the service dog that we believe will fit well in your particular situation and we are usually correct 99% of the time. If there is a problem with the selected service dog not fitting in with your current pets, whether because the service dog doesn’t like your current pets or because your current pets don’t like having a new dog in the house we will work diligently to find another service dog which will fit in better for you and all of your family.

It is equally important to know if your dog or cat is going to accept your new service dog into their territory.  If not, then you will need to have a back up plan for your current pets.