These are little over a week old, but I wanted to post them and tell the story that came with them anyway. Last week I had to go to Walmart to get some repairs done on my car. I was told maybe an hour and a half wait time, so I brought Omen. It took more than three hours. And he was EXCELLENT. Even when I ended up having a bad episode and needed to sit outside in the rain for forty minutes, Omen did his tasks. He waited patiently. These photos are of him settling and checking in gently after I stopped letting him do DPT. He is becoming so in tune with my health, it's wonderful! I'm so lucky to have him. ❤
Sweet boy at my side while I recover!! 😍 Been sleeping most of yesterday and today, and he's just been a little trooper, even without exercise! He retrieved me my water from the fridge (along with his other tasks and alerts) this morning which was super helpful! I can't wait until I recover enough and we can go back to the park and back in Public for work and have fun again! (I should be able to by next week) But today I'm in alot of pain, and the stitches are getting irritated in my mouth as they try to hold together 😢 if I'm feeling better we might get to get out on Sunday though! But I love my little lifesaver and best friend 💕 For a hyper Goldendoodle, he knows when I'm not feeling well and he knows when to cuddle up to me, even without a walk. (Just potty breaks of course) Patches is truly and AMAZING dog and an AMAZING Service dog, and idk what I did to deserve him?💖 But it definitely was a long time to get to the place we are, passed all the puppy stages and into adult hood. But he's truly an AMAZING dog. I love him soo much 💗 #ServiceDog#Medicalalert#psychiatric#Medicalresponse#mobilty#servicedogsofinstagram
Being a service dog handler comes with it's ups and downs. Almost like having a young child; You teach them to conquer so many things and when they do you are so proud you can't contain it. When you know they know better, you remind yourself that everyone has bad days. Yesterday Emi, Chance and I went to dinner with two of my friends. My favorite restaurant: Lins Garden. At first I was my usual worried of them denying us, but that quickly faded. As Hannah was helping me dish out Emi's plate while I got my own Chance and I headed to the buffet. Lots of stares per usual, but boy was Chance doing amazing! He didn't sniff up closer to the food, left food alone that was on the floor, stopped when I stopped, went when I went. I had him in front instead of my usual block since I wanted to make sure other people had enough room. We got our food and sat down with our friends. Had great conversations while Chance tucked very nicely underneath, allowing my friends enough room for their feet at well. Y'all I cannot contain how happy I was. The good days like this shows me that I can do this and we can do this! Here's to having more days like this and enjoying friends ❤️ thank you again Hannah for everything ❤️ #servicedogteam#servicedogchance#servicedogheeler#servicedog#servicedoglife#servicedogsofinstagram#psychiatricservicedog#servicedogpublicaccess#wecandothis#anxiety#anxietyalert#tasktrained#workingdog#depression#dermatillomania#ocd#add#adhd#mentalhealthawareness#endthestigma
My mom and I have been talking....and we decided we needed to take a long break from all the overstimulation going on in the world. So we're gonna go away for awhile and we might come back here, we might not. We'll just have to wait and see. We still have a lot of posts created and already scheduled to pop up on the Facebook page. Unfortunately we won't be around to post here in Instagram world for a long time 📱
Don't worry, retirement is good and I'm doing great! I just need more time with my mom where a camera isn't involved 🐕🐾🐾 If we decide not to come back here, and you aren't on Facebook, have a happy life 🌈
If you've ever been in a base dining area AT lunch time, you know it's insane and we sat right next to the Popeyes counter so the smells he had to deal with were intense but he was absolutely perfect. Until one person stopped and asked about him and started pointing.
I later found out this person's husband trains SDs for the blind and deaf so we had a whole discussion about Bear. She brought up how hard it is to give them away once trained and when I said he was for me she asked if it was PTSD. And we went on discussing my POTS and how hes training for medical alert and mobility. This is the only acceptable line of questioning on SD handlers 💕
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Yesterday he was a cheeky idiot misbehaving but towards the end of the day he got better xD idiot.
Back out again this week. I find that this heat is causing problems for me. I more easily slip into dissociations or experience anxiety attacks because the heat zaps all my energy. Fortunately Kassy was there when I had to sit in the middle of the garden center at Lowe’s and provide DPT and then cover once I settled. She did really well today #labradoodle#servicedog#ptsd#ptsdrecovery#psychiatricservicedog
How to teach your dog to FOCUS on YOU in a new and busy and environment!
Do you really struggle to get any sort of focus from your dog in a new environment, or in places where there’s a distraction? 🐶Other dogs
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The question often asked is “why won’t my dog listen to me when I go to…the park/the beach/the woods?” The list is long but, you get the picture.
hello there !!! my name is rudolph and i’m @shamifitt ‘s service pup ( in training hehe ) !! i am a multi purpose service dog & will soon be my mummy’s life line!! i already know a few commands like sit, stay, and down!! i start training tmr and i can’t wait to learn 💞🐾
For anyone curious about a heeling update. We’ve taken forever to build our heel because my dog was stuck with a brand new handler. But we’re finally putting together something somewhat fluid. Straight lines weren’t too hard, but turns gave us issues with impulsion. We had to start somewhere! I had considered taking our BH this June, but by the time I made up my mind it would have been too late to get a scorebook. So later this year we’ll do it!
My training session with the beautiful Willow and majestic Rocky from @redferncompanions
Both of these dogs are set in “place”. Such smart, beautiful dogs! Stay tuned for a video showing how and why we teach our service dogs “place”
Humans I went to a band concert and have one question.. why do cymbals exist?! 🎺🥁 •Gracie actually did super well for her first band concert, held a down stay for about 90% of the time, and the only time I saw any signs of stress (her way of showing is mostly panting, but it’s hard to tell sometimes since she runs hot 😂) is the first couple times she heard a cymbal, to which she was quickly rewarded and afterward calmed down quickly. I saved a chair for her so I could have some feet room 😅
Good morning! Thanks to everyone who sent me a birthday message yesterday ❤️ I was going to post last night before I went to bed but I crashed really hard lol
Today is officially our first day of con and I'm excited!! Yesterday nearly killed me and it wasn't even day 1 yet, so I'm a little nervous about how my body will handle this weekend, but I know I'll have fun and it'll be worth it in the end!
What would your service dog do if you fell unconscious and first responders needed to assist you? It’s an important question to answer. We handlers spend so much time teaching our service dogs to ignore, block, and disregard other people while out working in public. A common task is to create space between the handler and other people (keep people away from the handler). But what happens if you can not communicate with your dog but rescue teams NEED to reach you? Will your dog allow them? How will your service dog react to the uniformed crew barging into your space while you’re down? As disabled handlers, it’s our job to train our dogs to effectively handle a wide variety of situations, including emergencies. Here you can see Bugatti’s concerned but compliant response to a staged situation during a @u.s._serviceanimals workshop in partnership with @tollesonfiredepartment this past weekend. These dogs are our life savers. But when they can no longer assist us, our service dogs need to allow emergency responders to provide the proper care for us.
I get asked a lot about using unusual/rare breeds as service dogs because of Raiden.
Getting an atypical breed for service work because you want to be “special” and you don’t want a common breed is a terrible idea.
While I’m on this topic, getting a “protective” breed when you’re not equipped to handle one is also a terrible idea.
Set yourself up for success. Choose a breed that has a higher success rate. Choose a breed you’re familiar with and are comfortable with.
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