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- What is a Disability?
- WHAT IS A SERVICE DOG?
- WHAT IS A THERAPY DOG?
- WHAT IS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL?
- The Unofficial Code of Conduct for Service Dog Handlers- by "Please Don't Pet Me"
- Level 1 SERVICE DOG IN TRAINING-- STAR Puppy and Puppy Obedience Class
- Level 2 SERVICE DOG IN TRAINING-- CGC Class and Test
- Level 3 SERVICE DOG IN TRAINING-- Therapy Dog (Through Therapy Dog International)
- ADI's Public Access Test for Service Dogs
- ADI's Minimum Standards for Service Dogs
- All About Border Collies...
- Rowena's Photo Pedigree
- A SPECIAL STORY... The Story of Blizzard, a Border Collie (Under Construction)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Life with a Service Dog: horse demo w/ Benny Links
(above) Blizzard at about 5 months old
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Anyway, please read and pass on the message to others. I know in some areas service dogs are a rare sight, but just take note and pass it on so that you and your friends and or family know how NOT to act around a service dog or guide dog.
Daily 49er - Petting somebody’s guide dog can put both in danger
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Persian Gulf War veteran Chris Kornkven (left) greeted Rainbow, a female Rhodesian ridgeback, as fellow Gulf War veteran Anthony Hardie met Kenji, another ridgeback, and his handler, Joan Esnayra. The dogs demonstrated how they could help troops with post-traumatic stress disorder during a military health research conference this week in Kansas City. Kornkven has PTSD.
Love and Esnayra received funding for a small, 18-month “seedling” study that could lead to a bigger project if it yields positive results.
Ten troops with PTSD will receive a psychiatric service dog and professional dog training, along with conventional treatment. A comparison group will receive treatment alone.
Every three months, the troops will take psychological tests and have their stress hormone levels checked.
The Defense Department is involved in more medical research — and more kinds of research — than might be expected.
It funds combat-related work on such topics as Gulf War illness, traumatic brain injury and physical rehabilitation. But it also tackles research on childhood asthma, food allergies, osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis, among other maladies.
Advocates for various medical conditions have been pleased with how the Defense Department dispenses its research money. Illness survivors and family members are included on the panels that review grant applications.
The department started its broad medical mission in 1992 when breast cancer research advocates pressed Congress for more funding. Instead of all the money being funneled to the National Cancer Institute, $25 million went to the Defense Department.
Since then, the Defense Department’s portfolio of medical research has grown steadily. Appropriations have totaled more than $5.3 billion.
“Congress has been impressed with how we administer our programs. We’re very efficient,” Kaime said.
Kenji (left) and Rainbow are specially trained by the Psychiatric Service Dog Society to assist people with severe mental disability. Their handlers were Joan Esnayra, the society’s founder, and Craig Love, a psychologist.
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Then, Check this out... http://www.omhrc.gov/templates/news.aspx?ID=630457
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH
Service Dogs Help Traumatized Veterans Heal: These trained canines alert owners to warning signs of PTSD, experts say
THURSDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Iraq war veteran Jennifer Pacanowski was unaware that she was racing dangerously down the freeway at 85 miles an hour when she felt a wet nose nudge her elbow.
She immediately slowed down.
The wet nose belonged to Boo, Pacanowski's 110-pound Bull Mastiff, warning her that her anxiety levels were rising, a dangerous state given that Pacanowski has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from her experiences as a medic in the war.
Boo, who turned 1 in August, has been with Pacanowski, helping her deal with the world since last December.
"Sometimes I forget where I am and will go back to the war in Iraq. He brings me back to reality and makes me realize that I can't run people off the road. It's a frequent thing with PTSD to have road rage," said Pacanowski, who returned to the United States at the end of 2004 and now lives in northeastern Pennsylvania. "He's a comfort. I also know I'm not alone, and people can't just sneak up on me without his knowledge."
Boo is one of a team of "psychiatric service dogs" being used all over the country to help people with various mental health issues, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and, perhaps most notably, PTSD.
"If a dog observes when a person with PTSD is escalating, the dog will be able to signal that they are escalating and, given it's so early in process, the person can manage and even prevent the escalation," explained Joan Gibbon Esnayra, president and founder of the Psychiatric Dog Service Association.
The dogs have been in service for about 12 years and while patients and professionals alike know they work wonders, there has been no real empirical evidence of their value.
That's where the U.S. Department of Defense comes in. It's starting a 12-month study to find out exactly how the dogs help by comparing soldiers with PTSD who have dogs with a similar group of soldiers without a dog. Researchers will measure changes in symptoms and medication use.
"We want to provide evidence for something we know observationally and help create a movement towards the use of psychiatric service dogs," said lead investigator Craig T. Love, senior study director at Westat, a research corporation in Rockville, Md. "It's time to make a change."
"A recent survey showed that 82 percent of patients with PTSD who were assigned a dog had a decrease in symptoms, and 40 percent had a decrease in the medications they had to take," added Dr. Melissa Kaime, director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), who spoke at a telebriefing last month. "I fully expect this will be positive trial."
Details of this and several other studies being funded by CDMRP are to be presented this week at the Military Health Research Forum in Kansas City.
Other research includes creating a "virtual supermarket" environment to help veterans with both PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) cope with a return to civilian life.
Veterans with these conditions can have trouble adapting from being in a combat zone to being at home, where seemingly mundane daily events can prove jarring.
"These soldiers have challenges and difficulties when they have buttons that can be pushed and, when they are pushed, there's no calling it back," explained Dr. Charles E. Levy, lead investigator on this trial and chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. "This is [a virtual] environment where people could have a chance to basically practice life skills without the consequences of failure."
Levy decided on a grocery store because it "offers challenges of planning, challenges of finding the stuff once you decide what you're going to get, managing money," he said. "While all this may seem trivial, it's actually not trivial to many of the people we're seeing. Daily planning can be a challenge if you're distracted all the time or if you're nervous around crowds."
The virtual environment will be populated with grocery carts pushed by other shoppers (some loud, some not) and soldiers will have to deal with a collision of shopping carts, said Levy, adding that the prototype is not yet finished.
Other researchers will be trying to develop a more effective helmet for combat, and others are seeing if mifepristone, known as "the abortion pill," can help men and women with chronic, multi-symptom illness from the 1990-91 Gulf War.
"It's exactly the same medication [as that used in abortions]. Safety studies have been done and we don't anticipate any issue with that," Kaime said.
There's more on dogs like Boo at the Psychiatric Dog Service Association .
SOURCES: Joan Gibbon Esnayra, president and founder, Psychiatric Dog Service Association; Charles E. Levy, M.D., chief, physical medicine and rehabilitation, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System; Craig T. Love, Ph.D., senior study director, Westat, Rockville, Maryland; Jennifer Pacanowski, Henryville, Pa.; Aug. 5, 2009, telebriefing with Capt. Melissa Kaime, M.D., director, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, Fort Detrick, Md.Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC . All rights reserved.
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Sunday, September 06, 2009
(Rosie is the dog who's ears aren't erect. She also has a shorter coat and a narrower stripe up her nose. She is the skinnier one... though she is also taller. Lady has a blockier head.)
Beethoven's 9th is the soundtrack.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Rowena finds herself sharing the field with a border collie puppy named "Lobo" who is the new sibling of her friend Cinco who lives around the corner from us. Cinco met Rosie at the City Forest when Rosie was about this size. Lobo is a bit younger than she was... I think he is about 3 months here? Just bigger than she was. He has blue tipped ears!
8- week old Rowena on her best behavior on our first visit to check her out.
Rowena at 9- weeks old, the first weekend (we got her on a friday) on a visit to "grand ma's" takes a puppy nap in my arms.
"I will never crate my dog" until I realize that is the best way to potty train her. I delayed her potty training by a week because of this "never"
Rowena's first week with us... she knew her name the first day out (day after we got her) and never took off on us.
A skinny 4 month old Rowena wearing her Christmas Bell collar. Here she does her usual 'waiting for mommy'. It took her literally years to bulk her skinny self up! Now she is a healthy slim and svelt 5 year old!
Rosie... slim, fit and Svelt in the City Forest earlier this summer. What a beautiful dog she has turned into!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
First of all, let's look at the definition of SERVICE DOG as defined by the ADA...
What type of training should a dog go through before becoming a service dog?
A service dog is a dog that is individually trained to perform work or tasks to help mitigate a disabled person's disability.
The answer to this question does vary. It depends on what kind of disabilities the dog is being trained to assist with and whether the service dog will be only used at home or if it will also have public access. There is no uniform standard training for service dogs as each will be assisting with a variety of disabilities, and no one person experiences the disability the same as another. The "Cookie Cutter" service dog training school does not work for all disabilities. That being said, there are untold standards that must be met.
How long can it take to train a service dog?
How can you tell a service dog is ready to work as a service dog?
Is the dog potty trained well?
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Or their video clip:
http://www.kcoy.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=3997453&h1=Service Show Off Their Heroic Skills&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=145133&LaunchPageAdTag=News&activePane=info&rnd=90631244
...and this newspaper articles reporting on the event:
Saturday, July 18, 2009
A Rainy Day Walk in the City Forest, Bangor, Maine
Page took these shots of the dogs in the little field while I went out to check the Lupine.
top left- This picture of me walking in to check the Lupine was just before the terrential down-pour. We were prepared for a little rain and drizzle, maybe some thunder, but not a down pour! top right- Page poses in the rain with the dogs near.
Top left-I think this is chickory, but it is a very wet one! Top right- Night Shade.
Top left- Rosie takes a wet pose on a rock for treats. Top Right- I had to do wierd things to this photo to make the rainbow more visible.
July 6th, 2009- This was late in the day, and it was a bit overcast. That is the reason why there are not a lot of photos from this trip. I did take some nice moon shots though. As you can see, my flash was needed in some of these photos. Top Right: Rosie modeling her new bandana I made her.
7/6- Rosie the trail blazer on her Planet Dog zip leash which is totally awesome! Page takes a picture of Rosie and me (camera at ready) on the trail.
June 25th, 2009 Sandy Point Beach, Stockton Springs, Maine- This was a nice day that kept getting a strange fog move in... it is also Rosie's first time out in her new life jacket, left top photo- Rosie out to sea! Top right photo- Rosie swims to the bar that at high tide it is nearly cut off from the main land. Since the very high tide cut down on beach space, we spend most of the afternoon right here on this bar with the dogs who acted like the water was an electrified fence til the tide dropped more.
Rosie models her new MTI life jacket in the top left; Rosie exits the water with her retrieving bumper.
Top left- Rosie models on a log. You can see where the bar ends here. Top right- Rosie waiting for me to throw her bumper or she is leaving the water. (Water is not for fun!)
Top left- Rosie and "Mommy" model infront of Donnell Pond... notice I am wearing my rain hat. Top Right- Rosie running down the beach
Top left- Rosie comes to shore with her bumper and on the right she is telling me it is time to throw it already!
July 18th, 2009- Donnell Pond, Sullivan, Maine (Downeast); It was a very drizzly, raining gray day and the beach was totally devoid of other people. That was great! Page had her son, niece and nephew on this roadtrip, and of course Chloe and Sofian.
This was our first beach trip of the summer, and Rosie's first time back in the water for some hard core swim and retrieve. It was on this trip that I decided Rosie's vest was just too small (too short) on her, and on the way home we stopped at the LL Bean outlet store in Ellsworth where I found a really nice MTI doggy PFD (Personal Floatation Device). It fits her all the way down her back and holds her nicely in place (no sagging into the water). It is the red one you will see in the other groups of photos. I want to say that the Neo-paws life jacket is superb for dogs that are shorter in length than border collies are.
7/18 Above- Life Guard On Duty! We came to a look-out on our hike and stopped there to swim. Rosie dives off a rock to check on Page, and then after finding she is, promptly swims back. She doesn't believe in swimming for fun. Swimming is serious stuff and should only be done if there is a job to do. This can be not-so-fun because she will not stay out there with me.
7/18 At the dam, they had a public swim area with a tri-level diving dock. Above left- I am trying to keep Rosie out in the water by leashing her frisbee (by Chuck-it) onto my wrap-around, bungee Ruff Wear leash. Above Right- Rosie stares me down, subliminally telling me that "I must throw the frisbee into the water".
7/7 Above 2 photos and below: just a few of Rosie's fine super model poses, and one picture with "Mommy"