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Old 04-28-2014, 02:43 PM
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Owner Training Service Dog

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I am new here and I am in the process of training a service dog for my daughter. We have a 6mo old Standard Poodle male. He has gotten his S.T.A.R Puppy certificate and we are working toward his AKC CGC. Right now we are just working on basic obedience, bonding and laying some ground work for tasks. We are working with a few trainers and once we get to the task work we will be working with a retired SD trainer (who is volunteering her time to help us).

Luke will not be fully trained until he is about 18mo - 2 yrs old, due to needing to train him for light mobility work and waiting for his growth plates to close. He will also be trained in Seizure response and some autism based tasks.
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I'm training my 11 month old puppy to be a service dog as well. His tasks will include helping me with some low vision issues such as finding things on the ground for me, which he already does, and also helping me detect low blood sugars.

It's a challenge to train your own service dog, but it sounds like you've got a good team of trainers to help. I'm a professional dog trainer, but even so, I'm getting advice on the low blood sugar detection side of the training. It's a daunting task, to be sure!!

My dog is a bi-blue Shetland Sheepdog who is also in training as an agility dog.

Good luck!!!
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That is awesome. Two of the trainers that are helping us are very active in the agility/dog sport world and the other is a retired DAD/Seizure service dog trainer.

Our daughter has Autism, but we are now thinking she may also have dyspraxia due to low muscle tone, tremors, stiffness ect. She also has SPD and Seizures.
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It sounds like a service dog will be an excellent addition for your daughter. The things a dog can do to help here are endless!! It will be neat to watch as your poodle and she begin to make a great service dog team.
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I'm currently training my own as well for a musculoskeletal conditioning, but his job is much more basic (carrying things and picking things up, getting items on command.) It sounds like you're going about everything the right way, and it's great that you have someone volunteering their skills for free.

Keep us updated!
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I just adopted and started training a 21 month old Boxer/Lab female to be my PTSD service dog (non-war related) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). My issues from the brain injury is I get vertigo spells and so she is learning to lean heavily into me to help center me, she honestly started this naturally and I have reinforced it.

She had no prior training aside from being house trained and leash trained. This is my first SD training, but we are doing great! I have done loads of research and have gotten advice from trainers. So far we have our basic obedience down and are working on proofing it in more distracting environments. She also has learned 5 of her tasks and we are proofing them. The tasks/works are:

Alert to anxiety/panic attack/flashback. She does this by first nudging me with her nose and then more persistently with her paw. She actually started alerting me herself and again I reinforced it and shaped it. Originally she just would get as close as possibly and paw at me.

Wake me from nightmares. She does this naturally whenever I start thrashing around, she will paw and jump on top of me if needed.

Grounding or Deep Pressure Therapy.

Cover and block, which is where she gets between me and the closest stranger and acts as a boundary line. We are slowly getting better at this! The other day she was "covering" (standing behind) me and a guy in a scooter literally hit her, but she stood just like a pro.

Leaning into me to center me during dissociative states or spells of vertigo.

So many people doubted me, but already she is amazing me! She goes 90% of the places with me. She has even went into 5 restaurants now!

Our biggest issue is she gets highly distracted by other dogs. I will be obtaining training for this as I think it is needed. Part of it is she is still young.

Good luck everyone with training!
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