I just miss working him so much... I blame myself for him washing.
I'm so scared Kovu is going to wash and I'll never get another service dog again. I feel like I'm doing everything wrong with him. My anxiety is telling me that he hates his job and I just want to give up. He's struggling with some fear issues right now just like Jupiter did and I can't help but think that maybe it's my fault both my dogs struggled/are struggling.
I just need to stay positive, he'll get through this but it's so hard. I never thought it would be this hard.
Life just really sucks right now.
Follow my pawtners! @joy_and_alex @service_dog_mila @khaleesirichards
This little guy behaved fantastically @ dinner (I had a delicious veg lasagna, thx for asking), and even shared his space with Clark the giant doodle without bothering him. He only broke his tuck entirely when he alerted to my post-meal pulse 🙌
This kid better keep it up as he grows, he's got big plans!
3 2313 hours ago
Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Bridgeport pros: leather is thick, solid and sturdy. It's definitely going to hold up, even with intense wheelchair and fm pull. Has a tonnnn of thick, high quality, sheepskin padding on shoulders, chest and saddle. The handles are both exactly the length I ordered. Cheaper than the yupcollars harness but feels more high quality. ( $130 vs $200+). Has amazing customer service. Fast response times, helpful, etc. Kovu is comfortable enough to even play in this thing which wasnt a thing with yup.
Bridgeport cons: this thing is HEAVY. Kovu is gear shy so I was a bit apprehensive at first, but it doesn't seem to bother him more than his normal vest thankfully. If your dog is sensitive to heavy items please keep this in mind. I'm not sure on exact weights but this harness has to be over a lb.
Yupcollars pros: significantly lighter than Bridgeport. I believe it was 0.6 lbs but as I do not have the harness anymore I can't say. Leather smells very strongly which I like. Leather bends easier so its easier to put on.
Yupcollars cons: my handle came 1 inch too short but it was usable so I dealt with it. Leather felt flimsy and cheap. I liked it before I knew there was something better for cheaper. I had an issue with the guide handle twisting into Kovus shoulder every time he shook. It was literally hurting him and making him walk weird, that's how bad it was. I need guide so this was a major problem. When I messaged the Yup team I never even got a response. The sheepskin was much thinner, it definitely didn't do much. Kovu hated this harness. Every time I put it on him he would rub himself on our stair banister and the floor trying to get it off. He did not do this with the Bridgeport. Because the shoulder straps were so low, they fell over Kovus scapula's, which doesn't seem very safe.
Overall, both me and Kovu definitely prefer @bridgeportk9equipment. Please remember that this is just a review, do your research before buying either one of these harnesses and read other people's reviews. You may not have the same issues as me.
I was not paid or compensated in anyway for this review. #bridgeportk9equipment#yupcollars
For all those who commented guesses for my special adventure tomorrow, I’ll be competing in the Louisiana Capital City Obedience Club Memorial Day Weekend Rally Trail! For those who don’t know (my human included), rally competitions are an obedience based sporting event for dogs. There is a course with 10-20 signs that have skills listed on them. As you walk through the course, you have to complete the task at each sign and continue through the course. I’m very excited to practice all my tricks in front of so many people and show them how helpful I am! @a.usvsd.intern will be the one who is walking the course and reading the signs to me. I still haven’t learned how to read yet. The problems of being a dog!
7 19524 May, 2019
It's feeling like summer is here! What are you most excited for with the warm weather?
How much does your dog trust you? Are you worthy of their trust?
I'm sure you've seen people asking their dogs to climb on things and jump over obstacles. To an onlooker it may look trivial or just like a cute trick. To me, it is a great bonding exercise and can tell you a lot about your relationship.
When we first started on the walk, Declan was hesitant in his abilities to climb the large rocks along the trail. It took a bit of coaxing, but once he got his footing, he didn't mind at all!
There's an amazing "ah hah!" Moment when your dog conquers an obstacle with your help. It builds the trust they have in your leadership and judgement of a situation. For a service dog, this can be a make or break trait to have as a team.
We ask our dogs to trust us and follow us into new situations with crazy sights, sounds, and smells. You need to always build on that trust, and keep it strong.
Don't ever ask your dog to do something they cannot do, and don't expect more from them than they can give. It only hurts your relationship and can damage the bond you have.
Lastly, don't expect trust and respect that you haven't worked for. It's so much more rewarding when your hard work shows and pays off to improve both of your lives.
Colt is an amazing dog, and I'm extremely lucky to be raising him. When he is vested, he is a completely different dog than when not. As soon as you take the vest off, his personality changes to this crazy, goofy, loving puppy. When he is vested, he is focused, on task, and works well with any handler. We got him a toy at tractor that we named Eliot. He adores that thing! When I work my animals on the farm, he either stays in the livestock trailer that I am lucky enough to use, or he is tethered. He catches on quickly with his training. I am looking forward to the rest of the time I have with raising him.
Katie’s Take 📷
Today I brought Nikon to a children’s playground to work on ignoring squealing kids, working in a high distraction environment, working around a water park, and different surfaces. He did fantastic— ignored the kids with ease and focused on me the entire time. I was incredibly proud at his impulse control around the splash pad and his recall with kids running between us! But, we didn’t get an opportunity to work on the playground. I did my due diligence by placing the back of my hand on every surface for 10 seconds before commanding Nikon on them, none were too hot for me to stand. However, within 5 minutes of working on the sunny play area, I noticed Nikon shifting from paw to paw, picking them up as if they were burning. I immediately scooped him up— no damage, but a sobering reminder of the reality of training mid-summer in the south with a young puppy with fresh paws. He feels surfaces differently than I do, and has different sensitivities. There will never be an instance where his safety needs to be jeopardized to train. We were just as able to accomplish our training goals in the comfort of the shady sidewalks and grass patches as we were the sun-soaked play pad. And I couldn’t be prouder of his resilience, and desire to learn.
Picture description: In photo one, Nikon (a black labrador) lays partly on the sidewalk in front of a sprawling blue children’s play ground with a teal collapsible dish between his paws. He is looking off camera with his mouth partly open, panting. In photo two, Nikon is sitting in a shady grass patch in front of the blue play ground, looking at the camera while panting. The third is a video of Katie’s (Nikon’s handler) point of view doing heel work, including a turn, a short loose-leash-heel in a line, and a stop. Katie gives Nikon the command as he stops to “wait” then “sit”. Nikon hesitates for a few moments before sitting, but completes the desired commend.
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hello there !!! my name is moose 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 💞🐾
Here you can see some of what we have to work on. When we are walking behind someone, Declan wants to be in front. I make him separate, stop, and block when he wasn't listening about being too close.
This is the reality of training. It can be awkward and sloppy and bad some days. Don't let that discourage you, because I'm not letting it discourage me. While others may only post the good their dog does, I don't want to do that. My dog is far from perfect like a lot of service dogs who are training, and that's OK!
Bosco doesnt have "bloodshot eyes". He actually has one red eyelid, and one black. When I first bought him a couple years ago I actually freaked out and took him to the vet, for them to laugh at me and point out he has different colored eyelids. Its common for the breed with this color dilute.
This week is EMS Week so I want to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude for all of the outstanding Reedy Creek EMTs and paramedics who have come to my rescue in my worst moments. I remember only a few of you and I know there have been numerous others that I will never know but I hold so much gratitude for. There will never be enough I could say to express how grateful I am for all of you whom have sacrificed very much to ensure my safety. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. •
Special shoutout to Mike and Andrew, two Reedy Creek EMT/paramedics who have not only saved me multiple times but also sacrificially advocated for and supported me since meeting me a year ago. They are truly the finest. •
11 2,41324 May, 2019
The progression of red shirt guy walking through our picture to take pictures of dog butts
So I've been meaning to post all week, but with a barely functioning phone and a nasty stomach bug it's been hard! -
Prom (ish) 2019-
Neither Bumblebee or I felt ready for prom this year, so I just went to pre-prom pictures with friends. This was just after a very unpleasant meltdown, so the pictures are of me and Bumble doing DPT on the ground in a prom dress, but it's ok, I don't mind; it's more representative of where we are at this point than a more "peppy" picture would be. -
Additionally, we've just been training and practicing; she's almost reached 6 and a half months and it shows in her less-than-stellar ability to focus right now, so I've mostly been sticking to pet friendly places while we struggle through the early stages of adolescence. -
That being said, we did go for about 20 minutes to a school event! (before it started) We didn't do much but sit on the edge and practice ignoring people, but it was good for Bumble and also good for other people to learn not to bother her, as next school year she'll probably come to school a bit (of course not all day, only what she can handle!). _
As I was recovering from my stomach flu, I made BB a new gear set! The vest is actually too big (see last photo) but that's fine cause she's growing. I'm definitely improving in sewing, though it's still quite sloppy by shop standards. However I'm having fun and trying shapes and styles! This one was focused on staying cool and having removable straps. -
Bumble's also mastered a new tast and started learning two more! Perhaps tomorrow I'll have time to post a video. •