‘Hello, it’s your dog calling!’

Service Pit Bull

Here is a fascinating article about one service dog:

‘…She said that training could pay off in an emergency when help is needed.

Leavitt also has a special phone designed to enable a dog to dial 911.

The phone has only the numbers 9 and 1 on it.

“I put peanut butter and jelly on the numbers,” Leavitt said. “She just had to learn to lick peanut butter and then jelly, jelly. … I wish there was a way I could teach her to do it on my cellphone.”

And while waiting for emergency workers to respond, Nikki knows how to roll Leavitt over if she believes it will help her owner…’

Incidentally how does the dog know to dial ‘911’ and not, say ‘119’ or ‘919’? I don’t know but sound fascinating. ‘Nikki’ is a Pit Bull by the way. That’s one original way to address the antipathy to Pit Bull terriers – turn them into service dogs instead. Read the whole article. It’s fascinating.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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