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Lively discussion on Facebook.   I realize there is a lot of confusion between Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and Emotional Support Dog. To me is really doesn't matter as our furry friends bring so much into our lives.

 

In the USA: There is no National nor State Registrations for Service Dogs.  Basically if the dog can pass the AKA Good Citizenship Test standards, then it should be able to learn task to assist ONE person. You are a team with handler and dog.   Lots of work required, and I work with professional trainer.  Lots of work. For every hour with a trainer, about another 5 to 10 hours with the dog.   I'll be the first to admit it is hard, but we do task work training for only ten minutes at a time (keep if fun for my four legged friend).

 

If you have a SD, Therapy Dog, or ESA. Post a photo and description about them.

 

What's the difference:

 

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Team at work.   I forgot the smile (I'm thinking about walking).  Sigh, my dog got dinged on this (she remained in place as I left her visual range and returned).  The Ding was I left her too far into the isle.   Oops, minor mistake but it seems like a ton of things to remember.   Note the tail, way to easy for a shopping cart to roll over it. Admitted only time she is told to "stay in place" are non traffice places, like the corner of the doctors office.  I might stop in the next room for a pulmonary test or XRAY.    She quietly waits for me to return.

 

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Texas Tom, not to totally alter the subject, but has your service dog learned how to stop a Parkinson freeze? If so, do you have any suggestions on where I can look to get some directions on training. Thanks. Bill.

 

Bill, She will pull me slightly.  Our trainer didn't like her pulling, but took a while to figure out what we both were doing and what I needed.

 

I now use a double leash. A short "traffic leash", that is less then 12" in length, and a double ended leash that attaches to front and rear of her Freedom Harness.

 

When I am walking fine we use the longer leash.  When I come up to loose/slippery surface I go with the short leash. Harness is in the middle of her back, and she can tell

the difference that I have that leash. She now takes shorter steps, and waits for me to step forward or if I tell her "step" she takes one step forward.   She is pretty good with

me on stairs waiting as I take one step.

 

The DBS has helped quite a bit with my freezing, foot dragging.  Still a work in progress getting the DBS set up, but so far so good. She is still with me on daily walks.

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Tom, oddly I just ordered a 12" leash yesterday. So telling her to step forward is sufficient? I've never had a freeze, so are you able to speak and know to speak during a freeze like this? Thanks. Oh, I hope the DBS thing works out fine for you. I sure hope I don't need one, and I kind of doubt that I will. Thanks. Bill.

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