In light of the recent news about service dog owners being harassed…

by Sue on January 8, 2015

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Has anyone here faced harassment as a Service Dog owner?

Where did this take place?

How did you handle it?

Was it resolved to your satisfaction?


Flight attendant forced to apologize to veteran with service dog

by Sue on January 2, 2015

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Sent to me by one of our customers. Thanks!

It was yet another case of someone not understanding what a service dog looks like. This time it happened to Eric Calley, a former Marine who served in Iraq, when he was traveling with his service dog, Sun, a Doberman Pincher. The pair were on a U.S. Airways flight from Florida to Detroit.

According to the Lansing State Journal, one of the flight attendants yelled at Calley because Sun had put her front paws on an empty seat next to him during some turbulence. Calley suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Witnesses on the flight noted that the attendant was so rude to Calley that a number of other passengers came to his defense.

Calley, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and now spends his time working as an advocate for veterans with PTSD, has Sun by his side all of the time. She monitors his heart rate, his breathing, and the tension in his muscles. If Sun notices a change, she immediately nuzzles Calley with her nose to calm him. She also jumps in his lap to put warm pressure on his chest.

The problem with PTSD is that people who have it look totally normal. They don’t have a cane, which is associated with someone who is blind, or a wheelchair, which shows a definite disability. Add that to the fact that Sun is a Doberman, not a typical looking service dog.

It used to be that service dogs were either Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, or Labrador Retrievers. Today, a variety of breeds can work as service dogs. Many service dogs are rescues from animal shelters.

A few weeks after the flight, Calley received an apology in the form of a letter from U.S. Airways. The letter says, “It appears our airport personnel didn’t handle the situation with the quality customer care we expect.”

Calley called the apology “insufficient” because he was mistreated by other airline personnel. He is speaking out about this to raise awareness on behalf of veterans and those with service animals. He tells Louise Knott Ahern at the Lansing State Journal, “We are going to continue to have this huge influx of new veterans coming back. And it can take a veteran four to five years after getting out to even attempt to get help. The thing I want U.S. Airways to understand is that this is going to be a growing problem.”

Calley is promoting Liberty’s Legacy — a program helping veterans from Michigan to get service dogs. His goal for the New Year is to bring “as many dogs as possible” to Michigan veterans.


Happy Holidays!

by Sue on December 24, 2014

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Everyone here at Service Dog Tags wishes you all Happy Holidays and a fantastic New Year.


Just a reminder about tomorrow’s sale

by Sue on November 10, 2014

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Don’t forget about our Veterans day sale tomorrow. ALL ID tags are $19.95. This includes Handler and Owner tags as well.

We will be closed tomorrow to participate in events to honor our Veterans and Enlisted. But will resume operations on Wednesday.



Announcing our VETERANS DAY SALE

by Sue on November 7, 2014

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We love our Veterans and our men and women in active duty. We also love our customers.


In celebration we are offering a ONE DAY ONLY SALE on our tags…November 11th, 2014…regularly $24.95…on sale for $19.95. That’s a $5 savings! WOW!

Already have tags from us? Well…

Buy an extra set to keep on hand.

Buy a set for a friend as an early Holiday present.

Update your old worn ones.

The possibilities are endless!

No coupon needed. No limit on how many sets you buy.

We have tags for small dogs, large dogs, International dogs, Canadian dogs, Emotional Support Animals and especially….dogs that belong to Disabled Veterans!

Don’t miss out on this great offer! One day only! Tuesday. November 11th.



Something that could have an impact on Service Dogs

by Sue on October 30, 2014

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While checking our sales on eBay today I noticed some ads at the bottom that presented other products from other sellers. What disturbed me is that some of these sellers were selling ID’s that are wrong. I am speaking of the ones for sale that say “Emotional Support Service Dog. Full Access Required”.

This is very very very wrong!

There is no such thing as an Emotional Support Service Dog. There are Emotional Support Animals and there are Service Dogs.

In the ADA rulings it clearly states…
Effective March 15, 2011, “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”

Key changes include the following:
1. Only dogs will be recognized as service animals.
2. Service animals are required to be leashed or harnessed except when performing work or tasks where such tethering would interfere with the dog’s ability to perform.
3. Service animals are exempt from breed bans as well as size and weight limitations.
4. Though not considered service animals, businesses are generally required to accommodate the use of miniature horses under specific conditions.

Until the effective date, existing service animals of all species will continue to be covered under the ADA regulations.

Existing policies that were clarified or formalized include the following:
1. Dogs whose sole function is “the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship” are not considered service dogs under the ADA.
2. The use of service dogs for psychiatric and neurological disabilities is explicitly protected under the ADA.
3. “The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence” do not qualify that animal as a service animal and “an animal individually trained to provide aggressive protection, such as an attack dog, is not appropriately considered a service animal.”

Take note of the section about Emotional Support Animals.

Emotional Support Animals are only recognized by the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. They do NOT have full access to any other places

There are a couple things that upset me about other sellers selling these “Emotional Support Service Dog. Full Access Required” tags.

#1 They are selling items that are misleading and allow people to break the law by taking their ESA into places posted Service Animals only. And because these tags look so official, the public will accept the ID and allow the ESA in.

#2 Because the law states that an ESA does NOT have to have any training, these ESA’s could have a great impact on how the public views Service Dogs in the event that an ESA bites someone or causes any other number of problems.

I have personally approached some of these sellers to try and advise them of the rules. Only one actually stopped selling the “Emotional Support Service Dog” tags. The rest simply did not care and were only interested in the money they were making off the tags.

To me, that is nothing but taking advantage of the misinformed and scamming the public.

Sussie and Service Dog “Gunny”


Show us your smile!

by Sue on October 7, 2014

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Brushing your dog’s teeth isn’t just about fresh breath. It’s a part of good oral care is important to your dog’s overall health. Although most people aren’t aware of it, gum disease is a common and serious problem in dogs. Yet brushing your dog’s teeth can prevent it. Veterinarians estimate that 85 percent of dogs over five years of age suffer from gum disease. Gum disease develops when food particles and bacteria collect along the gum line and form soft deposits called plaque. Over time that turns into rock-hard tartar. If tartar isn’t removed from your dog’s teeth, it will eventually inflame the gums. As the inflamed gums begin to separate from the teeth, pockets form. This causes gum disease to worsen. At this point, your dog can experience severe pain, lose teeth, form abscesses in his mouth and develop a bacterial infection. This infection can spread through the bloodstream to the kidneys, liver, heart or brain. Gum disease is irreversible, so now is a great time to get started on a regular oral care regimen for your dog. Remember…prevention is the key.

It’s ideal to brush your dog’s teeth daily, just like you brush your own. However, if you cannot do that, aim to brush your dog’s teeth at least every other day.

Smaller dogs and dogs with flat or short, broad snouts (like pugs and bulldogs) may need more frequent brushing. Their teeth are often crowded together, which allows more plaque to accumulate and increases their risk of developing gum disease.

Things to keep in mind:

If your dog is losing weight, starts eating slower or refusing to eat for no apparent reason, it is time to have their teeth checked.

If your dog develops bad breath, don’t reach for breath fresheners for your dog until you have their teeth checked. Giving breath fresheners to a dog with bad teeth is like sweeping dirt under a rug.

Brushing your dog’s teeth regularly does not totally eliminate a professional dental done by a qualified Veterinarian. It will however greatly reduce the trips to the Vet for this procedure. Since I started brushing my dog’s teeth, my Vet is doing a professional cleaning on my dog’s teeth every three years now instead of every year like before.

Sussie and the Weiners


If you have a Facebook account…please like our page.

by Sue on October 2, 2014

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I am a big fan of these products. I use all three on my dogs with fantastic results.

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Sue, Gunny and the rest of the dachshund clan


Salmon oil. It’s not just for humans.

by Sue on September 30, 2014

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Omega-3 fatty acids are found in meat. However, the grain-fed meats that form the meat portion of dry or canned dog food are lacking in the recommended amount of Omega-3’s. Many dry or canned dog foods contain salmon meat or added salmon oil. But the omega-3 fatty acids in that are at very low levels compared to supplementing with salmon oil. That is why it’s a good idea to add salmon oil supplements to the dog’s diet.

Salmon oil helps the skin and gives a healthy coat as well as strong teeth and nails. Studies have shown it is beneficial for joint health and to ward off arthritis. Just as in people, it is recommended for keeping the heart healthy. Also, studies have shown that salmon oil may boost the immune system by providing important nutrients not found in commercial dog foods.

I have one dog, a dachshund, who is going to be turning 11 years old shortly. He has had four spinal surgeries. I notice a few short weeks after starting him on salmon oil, he moved more freely and is actually acting younger.

And salmon oil is not just for older dogs. It can help build better brains and bones in younger dogs. Studies have shown that it may also help keep brain functioning sharp in aging dogs.

It is recommended for dogs with skin allergies and to help various skin conditions heal faster. I know this from personal experience. I have another dog, a dachshund as well, that has suffered from skin allergies for years no matter what I tried. It all seemed to come to a halt after I started her on Salmon oil. Another added bonus is that it has the same effect on her as my 11 year old dog. She started acting younger. She is 10.

Salmon oil as a cancer fighter has been studied by Dr. Oglivie DVM at the Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine. Some home prepared veterinary diets include large doses of the oil. About 1000mg per 10lbs of the dog’s weight. According to Dr. Oglivie, it also appears to slow cancer cell growth and helps cachexic dogs maintain their weight. (Note: Cachexic is the muscle wasting associated with some forms of cancer.)

For those who feed their dog a raw diet, fresh salmon can be fed to dogs on a regular basis. Canned salmon contains about 7000mg of omega-3 per can and can be spooned onto a dog’s regular food. DO NOT FEED RAW SALMON! There is a very high risk of Salmon Poisoning Disease by doing so and you dog COULD die!

I have tried many salmon oil products on the market. I could see some results, but not as fast or as productive as I would have liked them to be. It was not until I stumbled on this brand that the results were astonishing. You might want to give it a try too. I don’t think you will be disappointed.



A wonderful new product. Flex Complete Vegetarian Liquid Joint supplement.

by Sue on September 16, 2014

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This stuff works! Speaking from personal experience. This is also safe for dogs with corn allergies as the allergens have been removed.


100% Vegetarian Dog Joint Supplement

 1,600mg Glucosamine    1,500mg MSM    100mg Vitamin C

100mg Bromelain   30mg Manganese    25mg Omega Oil 3,6,9

10mg Boron   10mg Grape Seed Extract   Hyaluronic Acid.

Specially formulated for dogs with sensitive stomachs

Our Glucosamine is derived from corn not shellfish or beef like most supplements

FlexComplete is Manufactured in a USA Based GMP Certified Facility.

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