Pup Training for Anxiety Dog? Help!!! ;(

Sirius Lupin- Reitmeyer

Barked: Sat Jun 2, '12 12:01am PST 
I finally got my Pom puppy to help me with my anxiety issues after 6 years of waiting. Problem is I don't know where to start! He's 12 weeks now (got him at 6 weeks) and I'm still having potty issues, let alone any type of "normal" training. I'm wondering if I should start him with a sort of PetCo type puppy classes, or what. I live in a VERY small mountain town so even the local PetCo is 50 miles away so this would be a bit of an issue, but I am willing to do whatever will be best for Sirius.

My psychotherapist has also advised me to somehow tie his "work" in with my Cystic Fibrosis to create a stronger "case" for him to be used as an "official" therapy dog. Problem is, I'm also unsure as to how to go about this. Anything I come up with seems like an "excuse" and then I just end up feeling weak and pathetic.

Any help is appreciated. I just want to get Sirius off on the right foot and help get him at my side as soon as possible so I can get out of the house!