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Disaster Preparedness among Service Dog Puppy- Raisers (Human Subject Sample)

Disaster Research Center, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761, USA
Public Administration, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Radiological Emergency Preparedness, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
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Animals 2020, 10(2), 246;
Received: 20 December 2019 / Revised: 14 January 2020 / Accepted: 1 February 2020 / Published: 4 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dog Behaviour, Physiology and Welfare)
Before service animals are matched with clients, they undergo training programs for increasing the dogs’ ability to navigate public spaces. Increasingly, service dog training programs recruit young adults from universities and college campuses. Little is known, however, how these students prepare for disasters and the ways in which they create plans to keep service dogs in training safe during hazard events. We collected data from service dog puppy raisers in a hurricane-prone region of the United States to understand their concepts and actions of disaster preparedness. People who were raising a service puppy for the first time were more likely to consider evacuating from Hurricane Irma in 2017 than people who had participated in the program before. Additionally, over half of the respondents did not have a disaster preparedness kit. Finally, many respondents in this study indicated that their service dog in training provides a sense of safety and security.
Little is known about the ways in which puppy raisers engage in disaster preparedness for their puppies (or “guide dogs in training”). The aim of this research is to understand disaster preparedness among service dog puppy raisers. A web-based survey was distributed to people raising puppies in a service dog training program (n = 53 complete survey responses). Questions in the survey included items about disaster preparedness and plans for canine safety in hazards events. Out of those who said they had an evacuation plan for their puppy in training, 59% stated they would put the dog in their vehicles for evacuating to safety in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. The odds of first-time puppy raisers who considered evacuation for Hurricane Irma in 2017 was 15.3 times the odds of repeat raisers. Over half the raisers reported that they did not have a disaster kit. Additionally, 82% of respondents indicated that having a service puppy in training makes them feel safer. These results can be used as a foundation for service dog organizations in disaster preparedness among their puppy raiser volunteers and in designing recruitment messages for new volunteers. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster; preparedness; puppy raiser; service dogs; working dogs disaster; preparedness; puppy raiser; service dogs; working dogs
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DeYoung, S.E.; Farmer, A.K.; Callaro, Z.; Naar, S. Disaster Preparedness among Service Dog Puppy- Raisers (Human Subject Sample). Animals 2020, 10, 246.

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