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?
Note: Levi is a seven-month-old Lab being owner-trained by his family as a service dog for seven-year-old Micah. Read his mom, Nicole's first post here and learn a little about the family on our contributor page. Firsts in life are always learning experiences. Rarely do we get something perfect on the first try and the same … Continue reading “Firsts” with Micah and Levi, his service dog in training
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