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Old 12-03-2014, 05:41 PM
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Proud of my SDiT!

My BC mix Pinkman is in training to be a psychiatric service dog for me. She is learning to interrupt compulsions and panic attacks brought on by my OCD, as well as bring me my phone and medication. She is almost 8 months old and I have had her since was 5/6 weeks. I had a mini meltdown on Monday about work and school and the end of the semester and Pinkman interrupted it. She ended up laying across my stomach perpendicularly, not exactly the deep pressure therapy position but she knew she was supposed to lie down on me so I'll take it! She is a wonderful little noodle and I am really proud of her progress.
This is us on a hike in Colorado!
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Sounds like Pinkman's doing an amazing job! If you don't mind, could you expand on what exactly a psychiatric service dog is trained to do? It sounds very interesting.
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Sure! I have OCD, and for health reasons I would like to take a lower dose of medication. Pinkie is learning to interrupt my compulsions when they start so that they are more manageable. She is also learning to calm me during panic attacks and bring me my phone or medication in an emergency. All PSDs are different because they suit the needs of their individual owner.
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Dogs are truly amazing! Good job Pinkie you are such a good girl!
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Sure! I have OCD, and for health reasons I would like to take a lower dose of medication. Pinkie is learning to interrupt my compulsions when they start so that they are more manageable. She is also learning to calm me during panic attacks and bring me my phone or medication in an emergency. All PSDs are different because they suit the needs of their individual owner.
Thanks for your explanation! The impact our furry friends can have on our lives is amazing!
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And you have a right to be proud of your dog and yourself.

Have you read The Possibility Dogs? It involves, among other things, a woman who's already done search and rescue work with her golden retriever training an abandoned dog to work as her assistance dog. One of the issues she has is OCD, which is why I thought you might be interested in reading it if you haven't. She also tells the stories of a number of other people with PSA dogs, such as a fireman who had PTSD issues after surviving a particularly horrible fire. Really, it's a good book if you just love dogs and are interested in what services they can learn to provide, but since you have a dog who is a PSA dog, I would imagine you might find it even more interesting, since you could relate to the whole process of training a psychiatric service dog in a way I couldn't. The most I've done is trained a therapy dog, which isn't even close to as much work from what I could glean from the book. I don't know if it's still on sale, but a while ago, I got it for my Nook for something like $2.99, and I know I could have gotten it equally cheaply on my Ipad. I just prefer holding my Nook to holding my Ipad when it comes to reading.
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Congratulations Pinkman! He is doing brilliantly for such a young dog. You have every right to be proud!
Lovely photo also <3
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