|Barked: Tue Dec 18, '12 7:12pm PST |
|My SD is trained to interrupt me when I scratch or pick at my skin. To train him to do that, his trainer pretended she was doing those things and she put a treat in the hand she was using to scratch or pick at her skin, which made him want to nudge her hand. When he nudged her hand, he got the treat. When she pretended to scratch and pick, it looked enough like how it looks if I really do it so that he nudges my hand away until I stop doing it.
However, my SD is also trained (sort of) to bring me my medication when I start to have an anxiety attack. While his trainer tried to simulate what that looks like, she wasn't able to do that as well. He would bring the meds to her when she pretended to have an anxiety attack, but when I pretended to have one, it didn't look enough like her pretending for him to know what he was supposed to do. And then, when I really have an anxiety attack, that looks different than when I am just pretending, so he didn't realize that was when he was supposed to get the meds. I had to have my roommate help me by telling me to give my SD the command to get the meds when I was starting to have an anxiety attack. The reason I need him to get the meds for me is because during an anxiety attack, I can't think clearly enough to remember to take them. That means I also can't think clearly enough to train my dog to bring them to me at that moment. I had to have someone there to assist me with that.
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