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Old 04-23-2015, 02:53 PM
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Meet Sakura a Blue tick coonhound.

Sakura is a 8 month old blue tick hound who just joined our family 3 days ago. She is extremely sweet. (though we like all dogs have a few things to work out ) She is in a family with 5 kids to keep her on the go.
As for use we are a family of 7 people. 1 dad, 5 kids (ages ranging from 4 - 11) and 1 mom. Sakura was donated to my son as a emotional support (and hopefull soon enough a therapy dog) dog. He has epilepsy, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Our youngest son also has medical problems and so do I (mom). Our youngest and I have a condition called Neurofibromatosis which causes tumors to grow on and in our bodies. We try to stay on the go and do many walks through out the day.




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Old 04-23-2015, 05:23 PM
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Hi and welcome. She looks delightful, and I love the coloring.

I answered your other post already. As to the problems you are experiencing, if you've only had her three days, she's barely had time to settle in. You'll need at least a couple of weeks or more before you can begin to see the dog she really is. It may be that you only need a few more days before she realizes that she does want whatever treats you are offering.

Regarding her role as a support/therapy dog, is there any particular reason that you or the donater thought she'd succeed in such a role?
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She is beautiful! I love coonhounds, blueticks in particular.

Keep her at the weight she's at, btw, she's in excellent condition. Hounds in general will cheerfully eat themselves into immobility, but keeping a dog lean can add up to 2 years to their lifespan.
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Hi and welcome. She looks delightful, and I love the coloring.

I answered your other post already. As to the problems you are experiencing, if you've only had her three days, she's barely had time to settle in. You'll need at least a couple of weeks or more before you can begin to see the dog she really is. It may be that you only need a few more days before she realizes that she does want whatever treats you are offering.

Regarding her role as a support/therapy dog, is there any particular reason that you or the donater thought she'd succeed in such a role?
Her donater thought this for a few reasons.
A she is a dog who follows you around and just wants to be loved on.
B She has already shown signs of knowing when something is wrong with people. Example her foster mother would get migraines and the dog would always curl up with her and not leave her till the migraine was over. If she moved when the migraine was still there she followed her. We have already had a instance here where my son was clicking his tounge like crazy in his sleep (i always suspected it was a type of seizure but his neuro wont do a 24 hour EEG on him) and the dog started whining and licking his face. She seems VERY attuned to people.
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Her donater thought this for a few reasons.
A she is a dog who follows you around and just wants to be loved on.
B She has already shown signs of knowing when something is wrong with people. Example her foster mother would get migraines and the dog would always curl up with her and not leave her till the migraine was over. If she moved when the migraine was still there she followed her. We have already had a instance here where my son was clicking his tounge like crazy in his sleep (i always suspected it was a type of seizure but his neuro wont do a 24 hour EEG on him) and the dog started whining and licking his face. She seems VERY attuned to people.
The dogs you see on the street with the blind started training as young puppies, and began specialized socialization programs at 8 weeks old. While Sakura may be one of the 10% of dogs who can naturally sense seizures, she's way behind on training.

I'm not saying that she won't be a support dog in the future, but don't expect too much too soon. There is an enormous amount of time and effort that goes into making successful support dogs.
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She is beautiful! I love coonhounds, blueticks in particular.

Keep her at the weight she's at, btw, she's in excellent condition. Hounds in general will cheerfully eat themselves into immobility, but keeping a dog lean can add up to 2 years to their lifespan.
So far she has been a skimpy eater. Acording to the foster she didn't eat much with her ether. She would keep food down all day and the dog would not eat much. Maybe about a cup to a cup and a half a day.
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The dogs you see on the street with the blind started training as young puppies, and began specialized socialization programs at 8 weeks old. While Sakura may be one of the 10% of dogs who can naturally sense seizures, she's way behind on training.

I'm not saying that she won't be a support dog in the future, but don't expect too much too soon. There is an enormous amount of time and effort that goes into making successful support dogs.
oh i don't expect much in the way of professional quality therapy but i want to get her through real training (which is why we started a fundraiser). Our main problem is the fact that my son has no "friends" all the kids at school want nothing to do with him outside of school because he is "weird". We were looking for a buddy for him. Something to call his companion. Also something to get him moving because of his cerebral palsy. He is actually active with her. She also lays right next to his bad leg (which is his right leg)
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