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Old 02-22-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: A little corner of paradise
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A little background that some of you may have read before: I was a teacher of at-risk students, got a brain injury at school, and had to medically retire. We foster puppies and kittens through our local humane society, and got a litter of 4-week-old pups soon after my accident. After nursing one of the puppies through parvo, she became a "foster failure" and moved in with us permanently. Because I get lost, confused, and don't always see steps and curbs when I'm walking, she is being trained as my "GPS" service dog. She looks like a red nose pit/lab mix, but she's actually dobie/boxer/rottie/GSD/etc/etc.

My doctor said it's time for me to start doing something I enjoy so, of course, I'm now volunteering at a middle school, and have been assigned 2 at-risk kids to work with. Today I took my Peanut for the first time, and it went great! The boys loved her, the other kids at school were excited to see her in the halls, and she had a good time getting so much attention. The boys want to teach her tricks, starting with jumping through a hoop. She'll be coming with me every week and I'm so excited!

Since I get fatigued very easily, I'm just going 1 hour, 1 day a week. If any of you have considered using your dog as a therapy dog, I highly recommend it. Our local humane society tests and certifies therapy dogs once a month. The testing is free, and the only cost is $25 for the vest. Generally, to be certified your dog would have to pass the "Canine Good Citizens" test. The criteria for that can be found easily online. It's a win/win/win situation
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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You're an awesome lady with an awesome dog, and I think that you're both terrific.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:50 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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YEAH!!! what D said!!!!
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: A little corner of paradise
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Gosh, thanks.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Can't say it better than Dawn!
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:42 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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IF you are training your dog for your personal Service Dog You Should NOT also train as a Theraphy dog to Others! What IF you NEED him & hes paying attention to some one else? No Good! Yes I had Both Theraphy Dog I taken to Visit Nursing Homes I Also have Service Dogs to assit me.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:29 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I think she should be able to train her dog in the way she sees best. She has a wonderful and positive outlook and is smart enough to know what works for her.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:10 PM
 
Location: A little corner of paradise
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I understand the concern. I get confused and lost when I'm out and about. Even going for a walk around the neighborhood, I may have trouble finding my way home. She falls under the category of psychiatric service dog, instead of mobility. Her biggest job is "take me home." In stores she's learning, "let's pay." That gets me to the front of the store if I've gotten disoriented. For people who have significant mobility issues, it may not seem like a really big deal, but because of Peanut, I'm able to get out of the house on my own, and not be dependent on my family being available. She is a service dog first and foremost.

I added the info about therapy dogs in case somebody on this forum had considered it, and wasn't sure how to go about it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:06 PM
 
Location: In the middle...
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I understand the concern. I get confused and lost when I'm out and about. Even going for a walk around the neighborhood, I may have trouble finding my way home. She falls under the category of psychiatric service dog, instead of mobility. Her biggest job is "take me home." In stores she's learning, "let's pay." That gets me to the front of the store if I've gotten disoriented. For people who have significant mobility issues, it may not seem like a really big deal, but because of Peanut, I'm able to get out of the house on my own, and not be dependent on my family being available. She is a service dog first and foremost.

I added the info about therapy dogs in case somebody on this forum had considered it, and wasn't sure how to go about it.
I agree w/Dogmama.

I am so glad you and Peanut are together! What a great team!!!
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:55 PM
 
Location: East coast-New England
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Good for you Mama!
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