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Discussion in 'Employment, Education & Disability' started by Kefira, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Strangelongtrip

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    She’s pretty serious to be honest, but incredibly loving and intuitive. She can be incredibly calm and we’re often complimented on that when we’re out, but she also gets her zoomies in at home and can be wild. She was born to be a mother, she’s so caring and watchful, she loves stuffed animals and treats them like babies (she’s spayed, was after her first heat, but man does she have maternal instincts). She’s super sensitive but non-reactive or mirroring to people with anxiety or general illnesses or disabilities, she wants to comfort and help however she can. I feel like I’m not the best at giving her direction with this either, because I often have something wrong and she knows but she doesn’t know what to do (digestive issues she alerts me to then follows me around until I feel better. I also may have POTS and she’s trained to do heart rate alerts and I think she gets confused when I don’t respond to her cues in public). She’s really food driven and easy to train (other than retrievals...she scored a 1 on that on her volhard test. Everything else was a 3). She’s independent but wants to be around a person and close to them at all times, mainly me and my mom, but she loves everyone in my family. She loves almost everyone. Some people she couldnt care less about and is super aloof around them. She gets bored if I’m not teaching her new things and solidifying others in each session. When I posted this I’m thinking about it the day she was acting bad she was pawing my leg which is her response for when my heart rate is above 120 bpm. I wanted her under the table but she was insistently pawing my leg, I thought she was just being bad but then when I stood up and started walking she kept sitting down and looking at me like dumb dumb...what’re you doing. She wouldn’t move and I had to encourage her into a heel. She kept trying to get me to the door. I had started to feel so faint and dizzy and my heart was racing. She whined at me in the checkout and I finally went to my parents car and she did DPT immediately when I got in the car
     
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  3. littleoc

    littleoc Making everywhere I go a better place Premium Member Donated

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    Hm. Sounds like she’s a smart girl! And seems like it would be good to trust her :) she’s doing her best and you seem self conscious — or maybe I’m projecting onto you, because I’ve had similar experiences.

    I do wonder if you’d benefit from a private trainer session (one or two?) to try to see if it would help put you two exactly on the same page? It sounds like it’s going well, though!
     
  4. Strangelongtrip

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    @littleoc thank you! I think a lot of it is probably that exactly. I have one this Tuesday! It’s Skype but it’s what I can afford and she’s well regarded I’m excited.
     
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    littleoc Making everywhere I go a better place Premium Member Donated

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    Oh, good!!! Tell us how it goes!!

    I’m at work without my service dog and it feels so strange. :(

    Every time I feel a tired feeling, I get nervous my brain is about to suddenly forget who I am and where I am, not to mention get all PTSD on me. I’m trying not to pull a self fulfilling prophecy here
     
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    The trainer watched our videos and said she’s doing really well, that her loose leash walking is really good, her focus is great, and that she’s tasking in public already is amazing. She gave me so many great tips for settling and for retrievals.

    @littleoc I hope you ended up ok at work!
     
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