|Barked: Sun Dec 16, '12 1:27pm PST |
|Happy- Thanks for the response, all the info was very helpful!
Mateo- I'm here to ask questions, not to be talked to rudely, adding "With all due respect" Doesn't make your cruel words any less hurtful or rude. No I don't know everything, again, that's why I'm here to ask questions. Yes I do call ahead, and no they are not mistaken between a SD and an ESA because I explain to them that she is just an ESA NOT a SD and is NOT trained. I do that specifically for that reason, I'm not trying to give SDs a bad name, even though she has never done anything wrong in a real place like the dentist.
I honestly see no point in mentioning my age? Being 15 or 50 doesn't change the fact that I was prescribed a service dog and am trying to train my dog the best I possibly can. (Though you did get my age wrong) You can't say that my dog is reactive or aggressive, because you have never met her. I did, in the beginning, think she was reactive because she pulled so much, but I realised it was just that I hadn't trained her enough, after I worked on it for a long time, she has no issues with it now.
I can tell you for a fact that she is not dog aggressive, she never has been, even when she was attacked by another dog she did nothing. She has met tons of dogs in her life, all different breeds, colors, sizes, temperaments, ect, and has never shown any sort of negative reaction.
She has trachea problems because again, I fully admit I was a bad owner before, I didn't know much about dogs, and therefore I didn't know much about training a dog to heel or loose leash walk, therefore she didn't, she just pulled. I totally admit that it was my fault, though it had nothing to do with how you are saying she's reactive.
I would LOVE to get her tested by a trainer. Honestly. If you can find some good trainers in my area I would be more than happy to have her tested. I even emailed Happy who was very helpful in helping me to find some, however none of them were able to help me after I was in contact with them. The only trainer I have been able to take Bella to, says that she is extremely well behaved, and we will be getting her CGC test done with her soon.
Again, you are wrong. She was not "having an anxious, tail down day" She had her tail down for a few seconds. When I told her to sit down, she did, when she stood back up, her tail was back to it's normal place so I just watched her carefully. Had she shone any other signs that she was having a bad day, I would have turned right around and gone home.
I never claimed that I was going to have petting her as a task, I don't know where you claim I said that. I only wanted her the paw me so that it can help snap me out of the train of bad thoughts as it would help me. I am working with a therapist, psychiatrist, and doctor to help me with my issues on my own, I'm not depending fully on Bella, she is just there to help me even more so.
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