|Barked: Wed Apr 17, '13 9:28pm PST |
|Glad to meet you and Tsaile!!
Brady is an in training as a mobility dog too and for no other conditions. He is 7 now and pulls my ‘chair with great pride anywhere I ask him so long as it’s cool (like buildings). His structure is sound and his strength good though I haven’t worked him up to any over strenuous tasks. Otto is right that the dog should have the ‘drive’ for it, Brady was chosen from four candidates who failed due to lack of drive, lack of soundness, or lack of desire to work for me due to whatever reason. He will stay in training until his corrections are down to nil and he passes what is asked of the PAT.
For balance-counterbalance and LWB I still use a cane as Brady is still a little small for my height, not weight, but he is a great support if I’m hurting a lot or if my center of gravity gets a bit off. It’s episodic, not constant. My next SD will be larger for the height I need and maybe a little more weight for good measure.
I can’t afford a BLD harness for my first SDiT Brady, he will only be in service for about 2-3 yrs. plus as amazing and beautiful as it is, it is out of my current price range. But I do plan to get it for my next SD as it would last him his lifetime and I will have time to save up for that one.
I don’t use an ID, although I’m happy how you word yours, generally the members here aren’t keen on them for the reasons already given. I use his ID dog tag, his Co. rabies lic., his patches which state the nature of his mobility service to me, and finally he will carry identification in his pack when I’m ready that just describes him, his job, me, my SO, and my health for EMS and situations where and only where I can’t communicate that to someone. I don’t use flyers or have ADA cards, either because I haven’t made them, like Ollie’s awesome ones, or because he is an SDiT and for that I carry the state laws not the federal.
Let me know if you need any help teaching pulling if you don't have a good trainer as I can give some idea of what worked for me, your mileage may vary. Take care!
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