|Barked: Thu May 17, '12 12:54pm PST |
|Hello Iam working with seizure & alert dogs for several years. My first SD was trained to prevent my isotonic seizures. I have problems with heart and blood circulation system. Low blood pressure causes, that in some specific situations my brain have not enough oxygen to work in normal way.
When I start to had some health problems she was jumping around me, licking my hands and face so, let me know for sure , that something will happen.
She don´t need any special training for starting doing this. I had her in service almost for 9 years. Most of this time I thought, that every alert dog should be like she. Natural sensitive and patient. So it was a big dissapointment for me, when I start to train seizure dogs and recognize, that every one is an individual and so are the ways how they respond and how they are trained.
I had a lucky hand But you dont need to.
So for now I would like to tell you some of my observations done by the years. (because) I think that it might helps.
1, You need to find a trustworthy organisation. At begining you need to know: any purbreed cannot take you a real guarantee of alert/response talented dog.
Puppies raised in a special breed have a good base for mild and kind temperament and also guarantee of right socialisation. It should be useful and might help. But it has nothing to do with their response talent.
2, Talent to respond is not hereditary conditional. Most of dog according to their sensory receptions have a good predisposition to recognise that attack will come. But only any of them have a needing to deal with.
3, This needing is conditional to pet temperament, enviroment and it also depends on the hendler relation with his dog. The main advantage of raising your own puppy is that you can make a strong bound between the dog and child. But you need to have a delicate approach to your puppy and all the things around and also some kind of know-how.
4, If you could find a good trainer (need to have an attack disorder!). He could choose for you young dog already responding. The dogs respond on different occasions, (because every attack is individual - it has an individual circumstances and individual running.) The dog will need to be retrained, according to your needings. And it spend some time to create a bond and make it feel at home. But at the end you prevent a risk to choose an inappropriate puppy for you and your family or do some mistake.
5, Good instructor can help you, not only with dog behaviour problems, but also in a time of hospitalisation ex. and summer holidays. And he can offer to teach your dog much more useful skills, than you can imagine.
At the end... I would prefer a posibility of choose. If you have an autistic child you need to find a harmonized couple Not only for your soon, but also for dog to stay a fit in a good mental condition-to be happy and able to serve. Rising a puppy is really exhousting. Even more, if you have a lot to do with your own child. Definitely, I would prefer a youngster. This is my point ow view.
Edited by author Thu May 17, '12 1:09pm PST
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