Assistance Dog Blog Carnival – a Call for Posts

This entry is part 20 of 25 in the series Service Dog Training

Assistance Dog Blog Carnival graphic. A square graphic, with a lavender background. A leggy purple dog of unidentifiable breed, with floppy ears and a curly tail, in silhouette, is in the center. Words are in dark blue in a perky typeface. I’ve been given the opportunity to host the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival, a collection of relevant blog posts on the topic of service dogs and their people.

This edition of the ADBC will go live on December 16, 2014. This round’s theme is:


This is an official call for posts! If you’d like to participate, write a post on service dogs, interpreting the theme “perceive” in any way you like.

A Dalmation service dog in harness placing a bunch of keys into the palm of his standing owner's hand.

A Dalmation service dog putting keys into his owner’s hand.

I would like to have submissions by December 15, 2014. To participate, simply comment on this post with the name of your blog, the name of the carnival post, your name as you’d like it to appear in the carnival, and the post’s URL. (Not your blog’s general URL, but the post’s specific URL. It should look more like “” rather than “”.) I’ll compile them all for sharing and linking.

Again, the theme is a guideline only — you may interpret it any way you like. And you need not be using a service dog to participate! Trainers, assistants, and thoughtful observers are welcome.

One note: it is even more important than usual (and it’s usually important) that blogs should be user-friendly and accessible for the ADBC. Blogs which require “word verification” or “captchas” can be quite difficult for the disabled or their assisting software. Please disable these. Also, descriptive text for images is helpful for the visually impaired (mouse over one of these images to see the alternate text). I admit that I’d often been sloppy about descriptive text, thinking of it only in SEO terms instead of user terms, until I started reading more posts from Guide Dogs for the Blind and from people with disabilities. Sharon Wachsler has a helpful guide here.

And for the love, let’s avoid these!

A captured screen image of a "captcha" verification with wholly unintelligible text.

Freakin’ captcha.

Any questions? Please ask! And please feel free to share and cross-post this call for posts, so that we can invite as many bloggers and readers as possible. And start those blog posts!

About Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP

Laura was born at a very young age and started playing with animals immediately after. She never grew out of it, and it looks to be incurable. She is the author of the bestselling FIRED UP, FRANTIC, AND FREAKED OUT. She owns Canines In Action, Inc. in Indianapolis, speaks at workshops and seminars, and is also a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member.
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  1. Thanks for hosting, Laura! 🙂

  2. Here’s mine!

    Name of the Blog: The Out of the Box Project
    Name of the Post: How does my dog perceive mental illness?
    My name: Jeremy Medlock
    Blog Post URL:

  3. Done!

    Post: New Perspective: From Service Dog to Demo Dog
    Name: Sharon Wachsler

  4. I think I’m a bit late, but I’ll turn this in anyway. Thanks for hosting!

    Blog: A Mutt and his pack

    Post: A Mental Shift

    Name: Flo


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