went out for a training session at Target. there was a mall connected to it and we decided to walk the circle and eat food. she did amazing. i took her to the mall twice before. first one, it was too much for her which i totally messed up at. second one was during our Cali trip and she was a 7/10. today, she did 10/10. she ignored all the kids and “aww’s” — we mostly did our training at Target. we did a focus, leave it, stay, down stays. she’s been doing amazing and i even practiced throwing small chairs on the floor just because she did get spooked the last time we went training when someone accidentally threw the boxes on the floor. she left it alone completely and i’m proud of her! didn’t think she would do great today but she did. now, it’s time for rest. 😴
🐕-Silvia and I will be performing during the @hssalamanders baseball games for this upcoming season. -
So today we slid over to Womble Park and practiced throwing skip throws on a turf field. Turf reacts differently to the discs and we still need some practice but started to get the hang of it towards the end -
The field is not Pet Friendly which doesn’t affect us, however it would have been unsafe to have Silvia on the turf soaking up the heat. -
Silvia LOVES our @herodiscusa Discs almost as much as her job.-
Which presented us w/ a great opportunity to reiterate some impulse control.-
In our opinion.. Especially w/ Service Dogs, (or any other dog for that matter)
training never ends-
Hope you enjoy Silvia doing her job and a few bloopers -
Happy Training!!! #HappyDogHappyLife#ServiceDog#SD#ServiceDogLife#ServiceDogHandler#ServiceK9#DiscDog#DogDisc#HotDog#Dog#Malinois#DoNotPet
Interesting development my splints broke I have no more but my carple tunnel is still killing me. Dad found a neuro chiropractor on YouTube Dr. John Bergman who says splints are bad more harm then good. He recommends this method on of placing your thumb and pinky together then use electrical tape to wrap around keeps the hand in a natural position but allows for movement. Hand actually feels better similar to the relief I get with the splints but I can use my hands.
Dr. Bergman also give an exercise to help with carple tunnel that involves a rubber band that will be trying too anything that doesn't involve meds I'm willing to try.
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Manci and I have been having a great time with my family that I don’t see often enough.
Family time is important and they are the foundation of how you see the world. They teach lots of great things and also not so great things.
So cherish you time you get with them as you never know when how long you got with them.
Image Description: Manci sitting in front of a log.
Went out to do an errand with my friend and decided to stop at Cook Out to have lunch. I lost 7 pounds this week on my new lifestyle change and wanted to reward myself. Well, it turned out everyone in the city wanted to go at that time to Cook Out. That's okay, we got through the busyness of it. The parts that left me with no spoons were the little old lady that wouldn't leave us alone and approached us three times to tell me how cute my dog was and kept trying to pet him. It was the little girl that rolled her eyes when I said no. It was the PET dog that started barking from the seat at us when we came in. Yes that was the worse of it all. I can't believe how amazing Judah did even though I lost it at one point and started calling him my retired service dog's name. He alerted to my anxiety, yet stayed professional. I love him more and more everyday.
Enjoy this adorable video of Dazee
• rant below⚠️⬇️
• okay its time to get real, life with a service dog is stressful and scary, at times. At least in my opinion. As a 14 year old, i face many issues daily as a SD handler. I have a hard time finding a job in order to support Dazee. Therefore I often find myself feeling bad/ sorry for Dazee and heres why - its summer Texas is hot, she gets incredibly hot in her vest but i dont have the money to get a lightweight vest or a y-front harness. I fully understand that SD come at an expense, yes I meet her basic needs treats, walks, attention, a vest, (my parents provide food and water, thank god) but Dazee deserves to be cool and feel as well as possible, to work as good as possible. All that said basically, i feel bad for not have the money to get Dazee a y-front or light weight harness.
•also we were taking a break at this point!!
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One of the biggest struggles of being a #servicedoghandler is that EVERYONE AND I MEAN EVERYONE wants to invade your space to get in your dogs face... like if a dog is in a store like @costco DONT APPROACH IT!!! Like she has a job, I've been ill for past week, I don't need the added struggle of her losing focus because your going out of your way to say "hi puppy" , "OMG YOUR HAIR IS ADORABLE" or "OH MY A DOGGIE". An if you see her tasking don't come over and try to pet her.. she WORKING!! _
Like I get it, she's a dog, she's in an odd place but my safety is more important then your need to pet a dog or talk to her.. or anything else...
Today was my youngest Brothers birthday so I took a break from the healthy eating had cheese burgers (just cheese and patties) and some #layschipslemon but I stuck with water after my last go with soda ended painfully.
I am noticing a difference going wheat, sugar and dairy free my stomach hurts less im having less gut problems (sorry tmi) but the difference is amazing and I'm noticing what happens to my body when I do eat them.like sugar causes pain, wheat makes me sleepy and dairy upsets my tummy the effects last for days but being as right now I can only eat the food that is available at home I don't have much to choose from otherwise I won't eat (which I know I could survive on my fat for days, possibly weeks) so I occasionally eat wheat and sugar but I try to keep it to small amounts
IfI can avoid it or substitute it as best I can gluten free or rice or spelt flour are good substitutes for wheat and honey and organic maple syrup are good substitutes for sugar.
Was at the local gas station getting a cookie and some coffee in the middle of beau's walk. The cashier there has caused minor access issues before, and doesn't think beau's a real SD. Here's a short video of Beau doing something he's not trained to do. HEART RATE ALERT! He alerts me to my seizures and usually when he alerts is when my heart rate is already really high. Lately when my heart rate has been high I'll have him "check" which is where he'll smell my hand or breath or sweat. When he's "alerted" when my HR was high, he gets a treat and lots of love (way more than the usual love). He started to alert to this with out cues and treats now and today he started pawing at me in public for the first time. I ignored him at first until he pawed several times and happened to catch it on video. The cashier thought he was begging for my cookie (as Beau LOVES peanut butter cookies and did get part of my cookie as a treat for alerting and being an overall good pup). She didn't know I heard her and I praised him lots and started talking about heart rate etc.
The reason why what he has picked up on is so important is I usually don't realize my heart rate is high and keep pushing myself. If it doesn't get lower I start getting really dizzy and this is where I am at a high risk of a seizure. This is where Beau usually alerts if I'm gonna have one if he hasn't caught it sooner.
This adventure was entirely off leash. Used the pullstrap as I needed for my own balance etc.
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