|Barked: Thu May 21, '09 12:24pm PST |
|I understand your clients reasons for wanting a small dog but an SD can not be a purse dog, she will not be able to carry her SD it must walk on it's own.
I also want to suggest that your consider all her symptoms and needs regarding an SD as she may find a larger dog more suitable to her those needs. I myself have PTSD, BPD as primary diagnosis amoung many anxiety disorders. Not knowing the true condition of the clients symptoms I suggest you and your client consider whether tasks such as guiding and balance and stability work would be beneficial to the client. My SD, Taser does these task and are benefial to me. Being able to work as a guide dog is critical at times of high anxiety, disassociation, flashbacks, panic, etc... this task training allows Taser to get me home safely, or to a safe place, or to find help for me while protecting me from my surrounding such as traffic in the streets and parking lots and other people. Balance and Sability work are also critical not only due to my physical problems of pain but considering troubles I sometimes have with dizzyness from medication, disorientation, flashbacks, anxiety, and blood pressure changes. A small breed dog would not be able to preform guiding and balance and stability tasks for your client. Just something to consider and discuss with your client while choosing what tasks are important for her continued recovery.
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