I am 30 year old female. I have always had and connected with dogs and it was recently pointed out to me by my counselor that I would benefit from having a service dog due to my disabilities. I have Aspergers Syndrome, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Agoraphobia. I do work, 3 -4 hours a day 5 days a week. This is quite an accomplishment for me as I have never been able to hold down a job and I have had this one since April 2013. I work from home 2 days week and the other 3 days I go into an office.
I have severe anxiety about working in the office. I often cut my day short due to sensory overload or having anxiety about communicating with other appropriately. I have panic attacks if things get to stressful and I hate being away from home. i feel like I cannot handle it.
At the moment I am working with a dog trainer so that my 6 month old chocolate lab can be my service/assistance dog. He has been in obedience training since he was 9 weeks old. in the next couple of weeks we are stepping up to an advance class.
My question is this, and no one has been able to answer this for me. so maybe somebody here can. When can I begin training him to do tasks for me.
I would like him to be able to do the following:
1. Deep pressure on my legs or chest when I am over stimulated
2. teaching him to remove me from situations where i may begin having panic attacks
3. keeping space between me and people in situations where I feel uncomfortable. I have been using the term "by me" to keep him near.
4. If he could remind me to take my medication, that would be great too. just not sure that is possible.