YOU'VE CHOSEN A DOG to train as your own or a loved one's service dog. You researched. You decided on a breed (or mix) that seemed to be the right. And then ... weeks, months or years into the process something goes sideways. Let me tell you a story about two dogs: Angel and Elle. Debbie, … Continue reading What happens when your service dog doesn’t work out?
So many people just do not understand the concept of a service dog. I keep telling myself that this is the issue, not just a general lack of etiquette and social awareness. I try very hard to use every less than perfect interaction as a learning and teaching experience and as a model for Micah. … Continue reading There’s a Law for That: Standing Firm When Confronted with Ignorance
I think the prospect of training your own service dog is very scary. And it should be! It is an enormous amount of work and requires ironclad commitment, not only from you but from everyone in your household. When you are dealing with a disability, this may seem like a daunting task. But it IS … Continue reading The Importance of a Good Support System
THE SPOON THEORY IS EVERYWHERE these days. What is it? It's a way for a person living with a disability to explain the amount of energy available to him or her on a particular day. The kinds of things that can impact a person's spoons are quality of sleep, level of pain, amount of stress, etc. … Continue reading How many spoons did YOUR dog wake up with today?
NOT ALL DOGS SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE CITY. If you have a service dog in training and live in a rural area or small town, your dog may well respond unpredictably the first time s/he experiences the sounds, smells, and sites of the city. Early one beautiful spring morning my dog, Fig, … Continue reading City training your country dog
SINCE THERE'S A TON OF MISINFORMATION floating around about service dogs vs. emotional support animals, give this a quick read to clarify that a psychiatric service dog what you need. To qualify for a psychiatric service dog you must have a psychiatric diagnosis from a doctor who you have seen within the last year. Then you'll need a … Continue reading Psychiatric service dogs
A CHILD WHO IS DIAGNOSED WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY like autism can sometimes be helped by the mere presence of the right dog. If your child is dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, GI problems, sleep disturbance, or other challenges - a calm, loving, well-trained service dog might not only help your child’s quality of life … Continue reading Service dogs for kids with developmental disabilities