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Articles by Katherine Andrews

These articles by Katherine have appeared in various regional media publications.

Service dogs are highly trained animals that provide assistance to people with disabilities, including physical, psychiatric, or sensory impairments. These dogs play a vital role in helping their owners to live independently and function in everyday life. To treat service dogs appropriately, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Respect their job: Service dogs are working animals and should be treated as such. They have an important job to do, and it is essential to respect their focus and concentration.
  • Ask for permission: Before approaching a service dog, always ask their owner for permission. Some service dogs are trained to be protective of their owners, and unwanted attention may distract them from their job.
  • Avoid petting or distracting the dog: While service dogs may be friendly and approachable, it is important not to pet or distract them while they are working. This could interfere with their ability to perform their job and put their owner at risk.
  • Give them space: Service dogs need space to work and move around freely. Avoid crowding them or getting in their way.
  • Avoid feeding the dog: It is important not to offer any food or treats to a service dog. This could interfere with their training and distract them from their job.
  • Follow hygiene rules: If you do touch a service dog, make sure to wash your hands afterwards to avoid spreading germs. This is particularly important during the pandemic.
  • Be patient and understanding: Some people may not be familiar with service dogs or their role. It is important to be patient and understanding when educating others about the appropriate way to interact with service dogs.

By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that service dogs and their owners can function effectively and safely in public spaces.

  • Katherine Andrews

    Katherine Andrews

    Animal Behaviorist
    Animal Psychology Center in Philip, South Dakota, is a pet psychology center owned by animal behaviorist and trainer, Katherine Andrews. Services and training are available in Rapid City, SD, and many desperate owners have traveled in from other states for her specialized expertise.

    My passion is to train and rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues. Some even call me a "dog whisperer" thanks to my ability to work through particularly tough behavior problems and help with aggressive dogs, even when other trainers have failed and owners have nearly given up.

    Through my early love for animals, I developed it into a lifetime career and commitment. Backed with 20 years of animal training experience, I take pride in making life better for people and pets through my animal psychology services.


    - Head Trainer for Paws Humane Society in Pierre, SD
    - Head Trainer for Lane Logan Memorial Foundation
    - Better Business Bureau Rating A+

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Daily Duties:
  • Cleaning Kennels and Yards
  • Cleaning Center
  • Monitoring Dogs
  • Grooming
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Opportunity to move up: Advance in Dog Training, put in hours while working to get certified. Dog Training will be considered after being on the job for awhile.

Location: Philip, SD

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