Required Reading: Service Dogs and Psychiatric Institutions

Recently Anything Pawsible a blog I follow diligently has recently released an Extensive article about Service Dog teams and the use of them in psychiatric institutions, inpatient, outpatient as well as those who work as Administration individuals.

I have to say that if anyone has, or even is considering a service dog this is REQUIRED READING and I give Kudos’ to the writers and staff of the Anything Pawsible blog and it’s an extensive amount of information for those who work as, and train Service Dogs.

Here is this article, and I suggest you read it several times and keep it handy just in case your family ever needs to work with you and your K9 in your hospitalization etc.

Psychiatric Hospitalizations and Service Dogs

Inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations can be frightening and stressful. For Service Dog teams, inpatient admissions are often more of a struggle. The complications of having dogs on a locked unit focused solely on safety and security are innumerable. However, they’re far from insurmountable! Admission with your Service Dog for inpatient psychiatric treatment can be made easier. It just takes a little planning, organization, and forethought. Read More…

Is the Cane Corso the Dog for You?

I came across this article and read it several times and as an owner and trainer of one now, I found Ma nodding her head repeatedly as she continued to agree with a great deal of this article. Writ…

Source: Is the Cane Corso the Dog for You?

Political Puppy Protocol

As we are all looking for the November 8th election date to come and go, the few of us who still looking for a reason to drop the ball and not vote because of our Handicapable  status, there is NO reason for us to use that as an excuse now.  I personally, had no intention of ‘NOT’ voting because of my young K9 assistance animal.  A great blog that I have been reading on a regular basis has continuously given me a reason to learn so much more over the last few months.  This is especially a great learning element as I continue my education in animal behavior and as a canine trainer that so I can continue to teach others and help others overcome areas that some might find horribly hard pressed to accomplish things that normal people take advantage of.

I am handicapable, however, with that said, I have not had the opportunity to vote in a big election with the guide of my beloved K9 YET… but after reading this great article from Pawsible, you bet I will be taking advantage of this and using to make my vote count.  Please, for those of you who are scared to vote with a K9 service animal by their side… don’t be!  Read this and learn that we are being taken care of by staff and our volunteers to make sure we are able to make our vote when it needs to be counted!

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Click this Link Here and read more on this service and understanding that they provide to us for the purpose of voting.

Anything Pawsable, a blog written for dog handlers and owners produces articles that are critical to a healthy K9, a happy one, and last but not least a concentration on the laws and and more for Canine’s and their service provided to us by dedicated trainers and

Is there a Downside to a Service Dog?

I came across this article the other day that was recently come across my normal reading repertoire and had to smile.  This individual speaks of her Leader Dog and as much as I understand the trials and tribulations of a Service Dog, I couldn’t imagine the other challenges that came across the Blind that use a Leader Dog.  You see, my husband is blind and even though I am not personally involved in Leader Dog training, I get asked all the time why my husband won’t use one.  Personally, I tell them it’s his decision, but ultimately he has seen/heard others with them and then has seen the struggles of being completely reliant of a K9 companion and said it wasn’t for him.  He is a stubborn man, but I do have one story I want to share of my own.

Sampson, my beautiful Bullmastiff that for some reason, saved my life twice while I was struggling with my health.  I ended up with a blood infection that shut me down, and drove me to high fevers to the point where I could not warm up, no matter how many blankets I put over me and no matter how many hot baths I took.  Having such a high fever, he also knew that I was unaware of my surroundings and the dangerous part of falling asleep in a bath tub that I could have drown in.  He sat right at the head of my tub and every time I started to nod off, I got a bit fat tongue of Sampson juice across my face and a nuzzle to wake me up.  And then when I got out of the tub, he jumped up on the bed (which was a forbidden sin) but then curled up around me all 150 lbs of him, and spooned me after having grabbed the blanket and covered me up with it.  For that, I knew that he and I were inseparable and he became a huge part of our family.

When Pa lost his eyesight, it was amazing to watch him click and know exactly what had happened to Pa.  Having not eaten yet, Pa, great grand ma, and Ma went to a Sweet Tomatoes for a salad and because Pa could not carry his tray, I took his tray and handed Sampson’s lead.  Sampson was AMAZING as he looked up at Pa and took a step forward each time Pa did, and followed me to the table without the use of a leader harness and even a cane. Pa’s emotions were running high so instead of sitting near me, he sat with his giant head in Pa’s lap and refused to move as he knew Pa needed some reassurance after having his eyesight taken.  Sampson was his safe zone and it was so amazing to watch as I, never taught him that.

So in reading the story “The Downside to a Guide Dog” I had to chuckle, as my new K9 in training does so many of the things that Viviene does to her Handler that Katana does with me.  This also shows the connection between Handler and Dog and why I get so darn angry when others reach out to pet Katana even with a huge sign on her side that says, “PLEASE DO NOT PET!” I still get interrupted and people reach out to pet her….. I am so going to fix this if it’s the last thing I do!

Diabetes and Dogs

I came across this article, that helps people understand the amazing work that dogs do for humans with Diabetes. Most people with these dogs are Type 1, an onset that is determined prior to age 30.  I know  far too many juvenile diabetics and alway say that having a dog to help their sugar levels.  Have ‘lows’ is a horrible feeling and if not taken care of immediately, it is impossible to come out of it unscathed. It takes a lot out of a person.  I am proud to say that my last dog came to his nose extremely naturally and would not only paw me, but my husband as well indicating so much for us that we may have never had the chance to deal with in a safe manner.

Here is this amazing article:

http://gizmodo.com/we-finally-know-how-dogs-sniff-out-diabetes-1782670434

The one thing I am constantly asked about myself and my team mate Katana, is that “How do I get a service dog…?”

I have to be honest, and tell them the truth.  Have you been diagnosed with a debilitating disease that is a struggle to maintain?  are you willing to lose your independent and have a child (albeit a furry one) that you will continue to raise, play, TRAIN (yes I say train because training these K9’s NEVER stops!) and make sure that they are constantly seen by a vet for health issues and then there is the heartbreaking decision of giving up (retiring) your K9 for a new younger version.. and knowing you may not see them again…

It is extremely hard to have a K9 and after years of 24/7 service, having to say good bye.  As a trainer myself, I adore the work, but it is also heart breaking to see pups age and slow down.

 

Pet CPR and Health Month

Hi Readers!

April is Pet Health Awareness month and because of it, there is an amazing deal that I believe all owners should look at and take seriously.  A special offer by Holly and Hugo to take their PET First Aid and CPR class online at a SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNT! 

You never know when you will need this knowledge!

See more here.

This is an amazing bargain at 19.00 with the code used and truthfully, I know Ma has taken the course and I feel better and happier knowing that I am in good hands!

Ruff-ing it and loving it!

Katana and friends

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