On Friday we travelled all the way to Redditch to pick up dad’s new wheelchair, then to Birmingham to meet dad’s friend @3colouredcobsandtwocollies. It was the furthest we’ve travelled and the longest outing we’ve had since Covid started, and it really tested my skills. I definitely have a lot to work on, but even after leaving an abuse situation and not working due to Covid, I’m still a functioning assistance dog for dad.
We’ve learnt that I definitely need work on my engagement with dad, as well as bettering our communication. Dad tends to get overstimulated and frustrated easily, and I don’t always understand what I’m expected to do. Whereas dad doesn’t always notice whenever I’m feeling frustrated, or excitable, and how to change or redirect that behaviour. We are also completely starting task training from scratch and going over everything dad needs me to know to help him - this includes things I already know, things I’ve forgotten, and some brand new things!
I’ve definitely been affected more than was anticipated by Covid and leaving our old house, as has dad. But we’re both working through it together 💜
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sad to say i’ll be leaving klay home for the first semester of college so he can get more training. gonna miss him so much :(
In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, we're highlighting one of our happiest and most helpful employees: Gypsy! The 2-year-old golden retriever accompanies Loan Processor Nichole to our Schaumburg, Illinois office. To become an assistance dog, Gypsy trained for nearly two years with Peggy Moran of 1Pet1Vet, a nonprofit organization that specializes in pairing and training companion, emotional support and service dogs with military veterans. Gypsy attends concerts, Cubs games, comedy shows and local fairs with Nichole and has even become a shopping pro at Target! Gypsy is very serious while on the job but is all puppy when her “work clothes” come off. To learn more about the great work of 1Pet1Vet, visit their website: www.1pet1vet.com
My last post was something really negative but here is something that made my day today! A lady who works in the warehouse were I work came up to me today and gave Zuko a treat and this hedgehog toy!! I had never spoken to her since we work in separate part of the building but she love Zuko and is really sweet. Zuko was very happy and this helped reassure me that there are people who want Zuko there and don’t mind him coming with me.
Sorry for not posting much these past few weeks. I’ve been unwell and just really exhausted.
But Leo’s made so much progress and I’m so proud of him!
His recall is sooo much better than 6 months ago and he listens really well off lead.
We’ve been doing PA when I can and his focus has improved a lot. He’s been able to task amazingly in shops and he’s also been super chilled out. Even with all the noises and small kids running around he listens and doesn’t react at all.
At home I’ve been practicing our mobility tasks like picking up items. getting things from drawers, helping me get dressed and undressed, carrying things upstairs etc.
We’ve also been working on settle at cafes and when I’m at hospital appointments. He was fidgety at first and it took a few tries, but we’ve been practicing it ALOT and he’s pretty much mastered it now. The only time he refuses is when he wants a wee which is understandable lol 😂
And for the first time since we got him, He’s mostly ignoring other dogs! He’ll still have a look but will re focus when told. This is a big accomplishment for us as a team 😊😊
He still gets a bit excitable sometimes when greeting people in the house so we’re working on that but he’s come so far and I couldn’t be happier with his progress!!💙💙🐾🐕🦺
Working man did a great job today with a few tasks. We’re specifically working on a task where Virgil is in a block and nudges me if someone approaches me from behind. He’s starting to get the hang of it! Always always always in training 🧡🧡 #diversek9#diversek9training#doberman#servicedog
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You’re not as strong as you think you are. And that’s okay. Stop acting like you don’t care or like your not hurt when you are. Learn to express your feelings, allow yourself to feel things. Talk to somebody, I know somebody will understand.
You’re human and you’re allowed to express your feelings in any way that makes you feel comfortable. Don’t hold it in because at the end of the day you’re all piled up with too much on your shoulders. It might feel like you’re holding up the world by yourself, just because you didn’t allow yourself to feel. You need to take care of your mental health because it matters a lot more then you think.
It might be time to introduce myself again for my new followers! Here's 10 quick facts about me.
Hi👋 my name is Jay!
Born in La Isla Del Encanto 🇵🇷 Residing in the 🇺🇸
Previously a Zookeeper🦘🦒🦓
In a 6 year relationship with a bald man 👨🦲
I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue.😜👅
I love being in the water,swimming, diving, fishing, on a boat, anything! 🌊
My favorite meal is chocolate ice cream 🍨
Dobermans are my breed of dog. I have a service dog named Palmer🦮
I have PTSD but I don't let it control me 🖕
I'm on a health and fitness journey with other women where I'm learning how to love and accept myself.💛
Nice to meet you friends!! Feel free to slide into my DM's and say Hi whenever you want.
Ok hai everyone! Frank is retiring very soon so I have to get a new prospect I would feel bad about just taking. Donations for free so I thought why not a fundraiser kind of thing! How its gona work is when you buy a vest whatever that vest cost ( not including shipping) that is how many entries you get! Exp. 20$ = 20 entries if you dont want a vest I might sell some bandanas or you can donate you still will be entered (this goes for anything I'm selling or gona sell) the prize at the end will be a fully custom vest or cape everything from the size/shape to strapping and velcro color
Now about the vests pictures they all are 20 (striped one is 15) will finish them once claimed and paid you chose the size of strapping and if you want d ring or velcro
Dring and velcro 1$ each shipping is 4$-6$ bucks us only dm to claim and you have 24 hours to pay once I get payment I will start work
Their will be more vests and I have more fabric if you wanna see them just dm I will make a vest out of them if you like you will still be entered a lot if happening so I might work slow just be kind and thoughtful if you do purchase fun raiser ends when I sell and run out of fabric good luck everyone! #servicedog#servicedogprospect#fundraiser#servicedogvest#servicedoggear#servicedoggearsale#servicedoggiveaway
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1 year ago I received Harlow from her program, my life changed drastically for the best that day! I’m so thankful for my diabetic alert dog and all the hard work, dedication and happiness she has brought me. (Today is actually not Harlow’s gotcha day, yesterday was, but we were too busy celebrating all day and forgot to post 😅) #servicedogssavelives #servicedog#servicedogs#diabeticalertdog#gotchaday
Viele Menschen denken, man kauft sich einen perfekt Ausgebildeten 2 Jährigen Hund und der Hund übernimmt dann alle Aufgaben ohne zu zögern und lindert alle Probleme.
Leider ist dies nicht der Fall.
Aufgrund der nicht vorhandenen Gesetzeslage in Deutschland, ist nicht Definiert, wann ein Assistenzhund ein Assistenzhund ist.
Frieda war die ersten 1 1/2 Jahre ein Ganz normaler Familienhund. Grundkommandos, Sozialisierung, Ruhe halten an allen möglichen Orten.
Ich muss ehrlich sagen, ich würde es heute genauso tun. Ich habe das Gefühl, dass durch diese Lange Prägungsphase, Frieda ein total Ruhiger Hund ist und wir bzgl des Stresses keine Probleme haben.
Erst dann kamen kleine Assistenzaufgaben dazu, wie "Beine/Brücke" "Anzeigeverhalten" "Medikamente holen" ect.
Die meisten Kommandos hat Frieda recht schnell gelernt. Anzeigen hat bei Ihr jedoch eine Ewigkeit gedauert. Sie arbeitet am Anfang nicht von sich aus, sondern wartet auf das Kommando. Ist eben ein Labrador und kein BorderCollie.
Unseren Ersten Supermarkt haben wir gemeinsam betreten, da war Frieda 2 1/2 Jahre alt! Beim Ersten Einkauf, war das aber schon so gekonnt von ihr😍. Ich muss jedoch sagen, dass wir in meiner Umgebung sehr Hundefreundlich sind und Hunde (Fast-) Überall mit hin dürfen. Restaurant, Shoppingläden, Öffis...
Unser Richtig Großer Schritt in die Assistenzhundewelt, begann als Frieda mich mit in die Schule begleitete. Ab da an, lief einfach alles so, wie es sein soll. Anzeigeverhalten wurde gekonnt von Frieda ausgeführt, die Schule, Frieda und ich wurden zu einem gemeinsamen Team, die einander in und Auswendig kannten! ✨❤️🐾
Wann ist eine Ausbildung als Assistenzhund beendet? - Ich glaube, niemals! Ein Assistenzhund muss alle gelernten Aufgaben wiederholen und trainieren, meistens kommen auch noch Assistenzleistungen hinzu.
Another day, another shopping trip for back to school! Stocked up on even more hand sanitizers😅. This outing lasted a little under 3 hours and Wes did great! I’ve noticed that I’ve gone back to worrying about things like access issues and Wes pooping on the floor but with each outing, my anxiety eases. It’ll take a while before my anxiety about outings go back to what it was pre-pandemic but every step forward is progress! Anyone else find their PA anxiety has increased after quarantine?
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