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Service dogs

A service dog is a dog that has been trained to assist a person with a disability. Many people with disabilities can benefit from having a service dog. Service dogs can help the blind, the deaf, people with motor difficulties, and even those with epilepsy or diabetes. They are trained to perform a series of tasks, which range from pulling wheel chairs, to alerting people with epilepsy that a seizure is about to happen, or acting as a guide dog.

Service dogs and emotional support animals are different, though they both do very important work. An emotional support animal provides comfort to their human. This is beneficial for people with autism, anxiety, and other emotional or mental conditions. Therapy dogs play a similar role, visiting people in schools, hospitals, and old people’s homes to provide comfort. The main difference between an emotional support dog and a therapy dog is that the former is for one particular person, and the latter will visit a wide variety of people, many of whom are strangers.

What do they do?

A service dog is there to help a person with a disability. It takes a lot of time and money to train a service dog.

There are many charities devoted to training and providing service dogs. Training starts when the dog is a puppy. Puppies with the right temperament for the job are looked after by puppy raisers, who care for the puppy for its first year of life. A puppy raiser will socialise the puppy and do some basic training, then will return the puppy for formal training.

Formal training will teach the dog how to perform all the tasks they’ll need to assist a person with disabilities. Guide will learn wear a special harness to help guide a visually impaired person navigate the world. Hearing dogs learn to help alert deaf or hard-of-hearing people to important sounds. Service dogs provide a wide variety of functions, including working with wheelchair users, people with epilepsy, or people with psychiatric conditions.

Which dogs can be service dogs?

Though in theory any dog with the right character can become a service dog, typical dog breeds that excel at this are Labradors and Golden Retrievers. These breeds are highly trainable and good tempered, and their large size can be very useful if they need to help their human with physical tasks, such as pulling a wheelchair. If strength isn’t an issue, then a dog of any size can be a service dog; for example, hearing dogs don’t need to be big or strong to do their job.

A service dog must undergo training. They are working animals, and need to learn very specific tasks to do their job effectively. It can be extremely expensive (Service Dogs Malta estimates that each dog costs 15,000 to maintain and train) and time-consuming to train a service dog; and not all the dogs make the grade. You might not be able to take your beloved pet dog and successfully train them to work as a service dog, and in fact you may be better off contacting a charity that can pair you with a qualified dog.

Trying to pass off an untrained pet dog as a service animal does an incredible disservice to real service dogs and people with disabilities. If you try to pass off your dog as a service dog and they behave poorly, it reflects badly on other service dogs and the people they help.

Service dogs: dos and don’ts

DO:

  • Talk to the owner and not to the dog: Be sure to speak to the owner before you speak to the dog. It’s rude to ignore the owner, and they may not want you to speak to or pet their dog
  • Ask permission to pet the dog: Service dog owners give their dogs breaks throughout the day. They will give the dog a specific release command so that the dog knows that it’s break time. Most owners will happily let you pet or fuss over the dog when its resting.
  • Keep your dog on a lead: Don’t let your dog run up to a service dog. Your dog may be perfectly friendly and just want to play, but they can easily distract the service dog from its job. There have also been incidents where unfriendly dogs seriously injured service dogs in fights. Don’t take the risk; keep your dog on a lead, and only approach if the owner says it’s okay.
  • Be polite and respectful: Don’t ask personal questions about the owner’s disability; it’s private and not your business.
  • Remember that service dogs are protected by law: In most countries, there is legislation protecting service dogs and their owners. The law often extends rights to them, such as allowing service dogs access to places where dogs normally aren’t allowed, such as restaurants and hospitals.

DON’T:

  • Pet the dog without permission: Remember that service dogs are working dogs. If you speak to or pet them, you are distracting them from their jobs. There is also a chance that you are endangering their owner! A distracted service dog might not detect an oncoming seizure, which could lead to serious injuries for their owner.
  • Offer food to the dog: This is very distracting for the dog. You also don’t know whether the dog has any allergies or dietary problems, and you could make the dog ill by feeding it the wrong food.
  • Get offended: If the owner tells you not to touch their dog, don’t be offended. Remember that a service dog is a working dog, and that owners are completely or partially reliant on these dogs for their day to day lives. Distracting a service dog will at best inconvenience the owner, but at worst can have deadly consequences.
  • Assume that a service dog is over-worked or unloved: Service dog owners love their dogs just as much (or more!) as they rely on them. Service dogs are given frequent breaks throughout the day, and will be retired once they are too old (some owners keep their old service dogs as beloved pets). Many service dogs are provided by charities that make sure that the dogs are looked after properly. You don’t need to feel sorry for service dogs: they get plenty of rest and relaxation when they aren’t on the job!

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
Travel Requirements