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Service & Therapy Dogs > Camping with SD
Queen- Belladonna- PSDiT

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Barked: Tue May 19, '15 12:25pm PST 
I'll add in one other thing and that would be the doggie first aid kit. I doubt that the camp would be prepared for any emergencies concerning your dog, should they arise, so make sure that you carry a first aid kit for your dog and for yourself. My husband and I have taken Tank and Bella out on hikes and made sure that we had boots so that their paw pads didnt get torn up on the trails so that is another thing you might want to look at.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > How to explain to family why you are taking your dog everywhere when the family don't care.
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Barked: Mon May 18, '15 11:19am PST 
The brother that made the comment has seen how Tank and Bella help us and he seemed like he wanted to learn. Now he has to be snotty and cruel about the fact that we need the dogs. My husband who is Tanks handler is a disabled veteran who suffers from PTSD as well as other issues and I have been told I have secondary PTSD as well as PTSD myself that's why I have Bella. She will alert me to people behind me and will put herself between me and the people behind me to keep me safe. Tank does DPT for my husband and Bella will curl up and cuddle on my lap if we are in a location where I can sit on the ground. My siblings are all older and although we have the same mom we have a different dad but they treat me like I am a leper and have since before my mom passed away 7 years ago. I have pretty much given up on getting through to them on anything. In fact one of my sisters told me to quit writing and get a real job because writing will never pay the bills.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > How to explain to family why you are taking your dog everywhere when the family don't care.

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Barked: Sat May 16, '15 8:59am PST 
First let me start off by saying I know its been a while since most of my friends here have seen or heard from Tank and Bella and I but we have all been busy. Now on to what I have a problem with... This week my soon to be 18 year old son had an awards program at his school for the NJROTC or Naval Junior Recruit Operations Training Corps, which he is a third almost forth year cadet. He called and asked if my husband and I would be there and we told him that of course we would be. To make a long story short we took the dogs to the awards ceremony and since my sister, who my son lives with, is "allergic to dogs" (total BS because they share the home they live in with my step-dad and his Chi Bandit) we sat on the far side of the room. My brother walked by us and made some snide comment along the lines of "its pretty damn bad when you cant even go to your sons awards ceremony without having to bring the two dogs along. Just goes to prove that the dogs are more important than your kid." I have tried time and again to explain to my four siblings that Tank and Bella allow my husband and I to be able to be out in public because they keep us calm and ground us when we start getting too stressed. They think its all in our heads and that we are just trying to get attention. How do we explain it any better than what we already have tried?
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Booties, A question and advice needed

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Barked: Mon Feb 16, '15 6:44pm PST 
Tank and Bella both have the ruffwear boots and they dont seem to bother their paws at all. I bought Tanks in the grey and Bella's in red then dyed Tanks blue to go with his gear. I love the boots and so do the dogs. We used them last fall at a car show and although we got some funny looks the dogs paws didnt get hurt.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Veterinarian for SD

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Barked: Sat Nov 1, '14 4:17pm PST 
Hey Breezy have you tried the ruff wear grip tex boots on her? Thats the type that my husband and I use for our two SDs. They dont seem to rub their dew claws at all. We use a liner first then the boots and they seem to work well for them. You might try those before thinking of the surgery.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Training a Service Dog
Queen- Belladonna- PSDiT

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Barked: Mon Oct 20, '14 6:14pm PST 
I dont live in Cali either but have trained two Service Dogs for my husband and am working on training his third as well as my first. My husband's first SD was a yellow lab named Buddy who I will not say what happened to him, but he was not only a mobility dog but also trained for my husband's mental illness. Then his second SD was Katana a Doberman who died two years ago of a heart attack. Katana we were told was never going to make it as a SD because of his past but he did wonderfully. My husband's current SDiT as well as my own SDiT are Black Lab/German Shepherd mixes full brother and sister. Tank is my husband's boy and Bella is my girl. They are both trained for PTSD alert and we are working on teaching Tank different things to help with my husband's other issues.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > What Breed to Get?

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Barked: Sat Aug 23, '14 9:01pm PST 
You might look into a lab mix. My husband and I both have SDiTs they are brother and sister German Shepherd Lab mixes. Last year when they were vaccinated they were 68 pounds for Tank the male and 58 pounds for Bella the female. I know that sounds a bit big but they are hard working dogs and love to work.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Should I "wash out" my SDit

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Barked: Sun Aug 17, '14 9:24pm PST 
My husband and I both have SDiTs. Ours are brother and sister lab german shepherd mixes and where the male 90+ pound Tank has been in training longer and normally behaves better than his 70 pound sister Bella we take the two of them to events like independent wrestling shows, local festivals and carnivals and trips to the mall. We also have the law that gives SDiTs the same access as fully trained ones. We have had to cut back on their training because of my husband's PTSD, Agoraphobia and his balance issues and my own issues as well as my schooling we havent had much time to do a lot of training. I cant find a trainer around here that uses the same training methods that we do which is positive reinforcement training. We normally take the dogs to stores and such as well as I took Bella with me to school a couple times and she did well but we found that she doesnt like going up and down on elevators because they scare her a little. Whatever problems you are having be patient, It may take time but you and your dog can work through each thing in time.
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Behavior & Training > Intense and New Fear of Fireworks

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Barked: Tue May 27, '14 7:02pm PST 
Have you considered getting a Thundershirt for her? When my husband and I got Bella she was so afraid of her crate and going for car rides that she would whine and cry the whole time when she wasnt throwing up in the car. We bought a Thundershirt for her and put it on her. The first night she wore it to sleep in her crate and she slept the whole night through. Now the only time she wears her Thundershirt is during the weeks leading up to the 4th of July. What I did was put it on her about 10 minutes before putting Bella to bed then put her in her crate and closed the crate door and latched it. She slept wonderfully that night and now as I say only needs her Thundershirt the last few weeks in June through the 4th of July fireworks.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Bella went to school.
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Barked: Fri Feb 7, '14 11:22am PST 
Yesterday I had to give a speech for one of my classes and Bella was a part of the "personality box" part of the speech. Since I didnt have time to drive home and drop her off at home and run back to school and get something to eat I just kept her at school with me. I bumped into the dean of students and he gave me permission to work with her and since it was so cold she was allowed to go to class with me. She was AMAZING! While we were in class she laid down under the table and went to sleep with her head on my foot. She would wake up now and then to check on me but then went right back to sleep. I could feel my stress levels being a lot lower than normal. While we were in the student union she did alert me to a couple spikes in my stress levels and she even snapped me out of whatever thoughts were going through my head. I was eating and looking out the window. I guess she thought I had gone too long without blinking or without taking a deep breath because she nudged my arm with her nose. When I didnt respond she licked the inside of my wrist until I looked at her and started petting her. She waited until I gave her permission to get up in my lap before she put her paws in my lap and laid her head on my shoulder. Then after she was sure I was alright she dropped down and laid down on the floor beside me and watched the people with me.
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