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Service Dog - CRPS, EDS, PTSD

Jan 24, 2017 4:46 PM

Does anyone else have a task trained service dog to mitigate their disability?

This is Hercules, my third SD and he's a Great Dane x Fila Brasileiro.

Jan 24, 2017 7:20 PM

I Always thought they were to expensive.

Jan 24, 2017 7:42 PM

I have heard a lot of positive things about Great Danes - especially for those who have balance issues. What things does Hurcules help you with - if you don't mind me asking.

Jan 24, 2017 9:31 PM

He's primarily PTSD and seizure alert.

He's still in training. I train service dogs for disabled individuals as well as my own.

Typically they can and are expensive but there are some organizations that will do it for free along with fundraising.

Jan 24, 2017 9:53 PM

Thank you Elliot. I know many must be thankful for your expertise.

Jan 24, 2017 10:01 PM

I'm more than happy to answer questions about service dogs.

Jan 24, 2017 11:25 PM

Elliot, how old is Hercules? I grew up having Great Danes and they're amazing dogs. It's true what they say about gentle giants. One of the Danes we had was 37.5" at shoulder and weighed in at 230 pounds. (Her Father was 40" at shoulder and 250 pounds). I'm not familiar with the other breed he's crossed with. I volunteered at the Guide Dog Foundation when I was working as my boss was a "puppy walker" and the whole office was devistated when this 8 week old pup was all of a sudden 14 months and off to be a service dog.. (well, he ended up getting "hot spots" when he got to harness training (the last phase) and he was offered to my boss.. I got to be with that dog every day, all day in the office and he knew I had the doggie goodie drawer... LOL!! Service dogs deserve a lot of admiration and thanks and those who train them are just amazing and a wonderful gift for the folks who need a well trained service dog. {{Hugs}}💕🤗

Jan 25, 2017 12:15 AM

He's almost 17 months old, I've only had him for 3 months now. We're on Instagram if you're interested in seeing some of his training @herc_thewonder_sd

That is absolutely wonderful! Thank you for donating your time doing that!

Jan 25, 2017 12:26 AM

Elliot, I'll go into Instagram and look at your training pictures..💕

Jan 25, 2017 1:51 AM

Brazilian Mastiff is the other name for it.

I'm here to talk to anyone if you need support.

Jan 25, 2017 9:08 AM

In the process of trainging up my third diabetic alert dog who's crossed trained in hearing alert. Will be adding some other tasks as needed.

Jan 25, 2017 1:38 PM

That's awesome Nyxks.

Jan 25, 2017 2:13 PM

My daughter has joked about getting her dog trained as a support dog for me, due to my imbalance, dizziness and PoTS. I actually wonder if he's be a good candidate. He a to pick up on commands easily. And he walks r step around the yard with me, not getting more than 5 feet away. He's still young, only a year old and appx 80 lbs. He's a black lab + Newfoundland mix, and his size takes after the Newfie, though he's more lab hair.

Jan 25, 2017 2:26 PM

Please don't do any mobility work (like bracing or guiding) with a dog younger then 2 that has not been OFA and vet cleared to do so. That and the dog needs to be 60% of your weight and 40% of your height, minimum when full grown to be safe to do mobility work.

I'd try and locate a service dog trainer near you and have the dog evaluated and then continue on with training if you truly are interested in having a service dog. There's also some groups on Facebook as well that have some good info too :)

Jan 25, 2017 4:01 PM

,Elliott, thank you so much for this info! I don't use her dog to get up and down because so far my PT training to strengthen my muscles & improve balance had helped. But I never thought about the weight and height differences and such. That's what's so great about this community... Learning from others. Thank you for your help!! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Jan 25, 2017 4:03 PM

Absolutely! Any questions etc., that you have about service dogs or anything else, feel free to ask!

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