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Yes, dogs can definitely enjoy apples, including the skin! Apples are a fantastic snack for dogs because they’re packed with nutrients like fiber for healthy digestion, vitamins A and C, antioxidants that help fight off cell damage, and calcium for strong bones and teeth. 

When you’re giving your dog an apple, just make sure to cut it into small, manageable pieces and remove the core and seeds. The seeds contain a tiny bit of cyanide, which is a bit scary to hear, but it’s actually found in very small, harmless amounts in many fruits, including peaches.

You might be wondering about the skin—yes, it’s safe and healthy for dogs, too! Apple skins are rich in fiber and additional nutrients, which are beneficial for your dog. If the apple is not organic, just ensure it is washed well to remove any pesticides or chemicals from the surface.

However, it’s important to serve apples in moderation because they do contain sugar. This could be a concern for dogs with conditions like diabetes or those sensitive to sugar intake. Sugar content varies slightly among apple types, but the difference isn’t huge—for instance, Granny Smith apples have about 9.59 grams of sugar each, whereas Gala apples contain around 10.4 grams.

When feeding your dog apples, adjust the amount according to their size and age. Typically, one or two apple slices a day make a great treat. If you’re keeping track of their diet, treats should only make up about 10% of their total daily calories. Always consult your vet if your dog has special dietary needs.

When feeding apples to your dog, make sure to prepare them properly and adjust the amount according to your dog’s needs.

Organic applesauce can be a safe treat, too, but check for added sugars. Dried apples are a fun, crunchy alternative, but avoid apple juice, as it often includes added sugars and other ingredients not suitable for dogs.

In conclusion, dogs can certainly eat apples, skin, and all, and they’re likely to love this healthy, crunchy treat! Just remember to serve them in moderation and safely prepare them by removing the core and seeds. 

You can bring a service dog almost anywhere where pets aren’t allowed in Ohio as long as you meet all the necessary requirements. 

The rights of service dog handlers in the Buckeye State are covered under federal and state laws. This guide will walk you through Ohio’s legal requirements for service dogs.

Ohio Health Requirements  Ohio Training Requirements Ohio Registration Requirements Ohio Verification Requirements Ohio Legal Cases Ohio Health Requirements 

You must have a physical or mental disability recognized under the ADA if you want to own a service dog in Ohio. The term “disability” has a specific definition under the ADA. It means a condition that “substantially limits” a life activity, like the ability to work, socialize, sleep, or learn. This includes physical impairments like visual impairment and psychiatric impairments like severe depression, PTSD, or chronic anxiety with panic attacks. 

Service dogs used for mental health are called psychiatric service dogs (PSD). If you’re unsure whether you meet the health requirements for owning a PSD, a PSD letter might help clarify the situation. 

Ohio Training Requirements

A dog can’t be considered a service dog unless it performs a task that directly helps the handler with their disability. For example, service dogs can help guide blind people, retrieve medication, or provide a comforting paw during moments of psychiatric difficulty. 

One interesting quirk under Ohio law is that there is a provision that states service dogs must be trained by a nonprofit special agency. However, this is superseded by the ADA, which is federal law. The ADA explicitly allows handlers to train their own dogs

Most service dog owners do not utilize nonprofit agencies to train their dogs. They either use a professional trainer, self-train or adopt a fully-trained service dog for a fee. It’s perfectly fine to self-train a service dog in Ohio if you are capable of doing so. 

All service dogs should master basic commands like sit, stay, come, down, and heel. It’s important for service dogs to always act appropriately and not show aggression, no matter where they are or what’s happening around them. They should not react to other animals, seek attention from people, or display disruptive behaviors such as barking, growling, or jumping up on others.

A well-trained service dog should stay focused on its tasks, even in situations that might be distracting.

Ohio Registration Requirements

You can voluntarily register a service dog in Ohio, but it is not a requirement. Registering a service dog in Ohio can give you useful perks like an ID card associated with the registration, but it’s at your option.  

When you register a service dog with a service like Service Dog Certifications, the dog’s details are added to a searchable database and linked to an ID card. This ID card helps show others that your dog is a service dog and can be shown to people who may not know the rules about service dogs and keep insisting on proof. 

Ohio Verification Requirements

In Ohio, if you want to bring your service dog into a place where pets usually aren’t allowed, and it’s not obvious what the dog does to help with a disability, you can be asked two questions:

Is this animal needed because of a disability? What specific task or job has the animal been trained to do?

You don’t need to share details about your disability, show any ID for the dog, or demonstrate what the dog can do.

However, you must answer these questions clearly to show that your dog is a service animal, not just a pet or another type of assistance animal, like an emotional support dog. For example, saying your dog helps you feel calmer isn’t enough to prove it’s a service animal. You’ll need to describe how the dog has been trained to assist you, like if the dog has been trained to guide you to a safe place if you’re about to have a medical emergency.

Ohio Air Travel Requirements

You can bring your service dog to airports and the cabin of planes without charge. When flying from or to Ohio with a service dog, you must complete the Department of Transportation’s Service Animal Air Transportation Form and share it with the airline before boarding. We wrote a guide on how to fly with a service dog, which you can find here

Ohio Legal Cases A Veteran and his Service Dog at a Clinic 

Failing to adhere to service dog requirements in Ohio can lead to expensive and time-consuming lawsuits. In one instance, a disabled veteran filed a lawsuit after an East Cleveland clinic allegedly refused to serve him because of the presence of his service dog. 

The veteran required a service dog named Zulu, a black Labrador Retriever, to help him with stability, mobility, and PTSD, issues that he had been dealing with after suffering from injuries sustained while serving. The veteran claimed a nurse refused to help him because she was afraid of dogs.

The parties ultimately reached a settlement, but this case is a reminder of how important it is for businesses to have a service dog policy and for staff to know how to handle service dog requests appropriately. 

Service dogs are protected in Ohio as several legal cases, including veterans, have established. Service Dogs in University Housing

In another Ohio case involving a student, a sorority member was allowed to keep a service dog inside her sorority house. The student needed her service dog, Cory, to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Another sorority member complained that she was allergic to the dog and that the dog triggered symptoms of her Crohn’s disease. 

This case illustrates a couple of important points. The first is that service dogs have housing rights under the ADA, which means they have to be allowed even in residences that ban pets. The other consideration is that inconveniences for other tenants are not enough to keep a service dog out of a home. The housing provider has to make reasonable accommodations for the service dog owner unless there is a health or safety hazard that can’t be mitigated. 

For residents of Michigan, service dogs are indispensable companions that provide assistance, enabling individuals with disabilities to enjoy greater independence and engagement in daily life. 

Whether they’re helping you cross the street, reminding you to take your medication, or providing support in crowded places, service dogs are heroes without capes. But here’s a question we often get: “Do I need to register my service dog in Michigan?” 

While it’s not a requirement in Michigan, registering your furry friend can make your life a bit easier. Let’s dive into the ins and outs of service dog registration in the Great Lakes State. 

Who can register a service dog in Michigan?

Before you can even consider registering a service dog, you must be qualified to have one. To qualify as a service dog handler, you must have the following: 1. a physical or mental health disability and 2. a dog that has been trained to perform a job or task that assists with that disability.

Service dogs perform an incredible variety of tasks, such as pulling wheelchairs, guiding the visually impaired, and providing pressure therapy for individuals with mental health impairments. Service dogs used for psychiatric disabilities are referred to as psychiatric service dogs.

What is Service Dog Registration?

Service dog registration involves listing your service dog in a database, which typically provides you with an identification card, a certificate, and sometimes, service dog accessories like vests or tags. This form of registration is designed to help the public and authorities quickly recognize the status of your service dog.

Why register your service dog in Michigan?

Registration offers several practical benefits in Michigan:

Ease on the Go: With a properly outfitted service dog, you’re likely to encounter fewer raised eyebrows or questions. It’s all about making your day-to-day outings smoother. Instant Recognition: A service dog with service dog accessories tends to be more quickly recognized as a legit helper, not just a pet. This can cut down on awkward conversations. Boosted Credibility: Let’s face it, service dog owners are constantly asked for ID cards and registrations. Even though service dog handlers know they aren’t required, having them can help diffuse awkward situations.  How to Register Your Service Dog in Michigan

 Below are the steps to ensure a smooth registration process:

Confirm you are a service dog owner. To register a service dog, you must have a qualifying disability and a fully trained service dog. Select a Reputable Registration Service: Michigan does not have an official state-run service dog registry. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a reputable national organization that offers registration services like Service Dog Certifications.  Fill Out the Registration Form: Provide the necessary information about yourself and your service dog. This typically includes the handler’s name, the dog’s name, and your contact information. Upload a Current Photo of Your Service Dog: A recent photograph of your service dog is required for identification purposes. Opt for Additional Items if Needed: Some registration services offer the option of purchasing ID cards, certificates, and service dog vests or tags, which can help in further establishing your service dog’s status in public. Key Considerations

It’s crucial to remember that service dog registration is voluntary and not a requirement under the ADA. Exercise caution and avoid any organization promising benefits beyond what is legally permissible. Legitimate registration does not confer additional legal rights.

A registered service dog should be a model of good behavior and training. It’s all about maintaining the respect and integrity of the service dog community.

Wrapping Up

Navigating Michigan with your service dog should be as smooth as a ride on the Great Lakes. While you’re not legally required to register your service dog, doing so can open doors (literally) and make your adventures together a little easier. 

Whether you’re exploring the streets of Ann Arbor or enjoying the tranquility of the Upper Peninsula, your registered service dog can be your passport to a more accessible Michigan.