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Service dog as an option?

Oct 11, 2016 8:46 PM

Greetings! After a few years of suffering severe pain and now my pain Doctor strongly urging me to try Spinal Cord Stimulator implant, I can't help but wonder if anyone has worked towards getting a service dog?
Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions!

Oct 11, 2016 9:09 PM

I know back in 2002 when I was working on an Invisible No More campaign I did some research on service dogs. Back then they were working with Great Danes for people with Fibro and other illnesses where balance could be an issue. Not sure what else they were being trained to do other than help pick up things you drop and walking beside you to help keep you steady and hopefully prevent falls. Wonder if I can find that study again or a more updated one. Will look.

Jan 22, 2017 11:57 AM

I know this is a old topic but for a service dog you need your medical doc to agree that such a dog would help to midiagate your disability. It takes on average of 2 years to train a service dog and then once trained you need to keep up with the training to keep the dog in top shape.

I've a service dog it's my third one she is a great help to me on many levels. Fibro wise she was gotten long before i knew that I had Fibromyalgia but she is my constant companion other than my husband and his SD.

Jan 22, 2017 1:30 PM

Thanks for the info Nyxks! I've had many suggestions to get a dog, breed would have to be large enough to help with balance, then train for only what you need from them. I am seriously looking into this as an option & look forward to working together with a great partner very soon!!! Thanks again & all the best to you!

Jan 25, 2017 1:52 AM

I am personally on my third service dog, Hercules (he's a great dane and Brazilian mastiff mix), and I train service dogs for other disabled individuals.

If properly trained etc. They can help.

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