From our wonderful trainer, Catherine, in Virginia, who is having some very new experiences with her SD, Baron! Despite have POTS and several other medical issues, she is a trainer extraordinaire! Catherine writes:
“Hi Laurie! So I’m up in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec in Canada. I was super worried about having issues with Baron being with me as my Service Dog, but I have had zero issues the last 2 days! I did bring his rabies certificate and vaccination records, and the certificate from SDE stating that he passed the PAT just in case, and I did have to show it once. Normally, I would have given a lecture about how it wasn’t required to show it like normal, but since it’s another country, I just showed them his vaccines and everything and they were satisfied. They weren’t really even questioning it; they just asked that if I did have any papers that I showed them, but if not it was alright.
This is Baron’s first time seeing snow so that has been a blast! My family is skiing but since I can’t with my leg and the PICC line I now have in (my health has been extremely bad), I’ve been just hanging out with Baron and teaching him new tasks. I attached a video of his newest one! Him picking things up for me has become one of his main tasks since I’ve been having a lot of mobility issues. We’re next working on him taking things from others (like my family) and bringing it to me and vice versa. Baron LOVES the mobility tasks – they’re his favorite!! Teaching him to “put it on the table” only took about 10 minutes! He loves learning those and looks so proud when he does!”
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I am in desperate need of a PTSD therapy dog. I am a non-veteran, but have suffered with PTSD for over 25 years and my therapists have strongly pushed for me to get a therapy dog.
If you are able to call me, my # [removed] or and my address is:
Jacquelyn St John
Thank you for your kindness.
I also live in Virginia and have POTS. It’s definitely a frustrating disorder. Most people don’t realize how much it affects all of your body’s systems. I’m also looking at getting a service dog for my POTS as well as anxiety and PTSD. I didn’t realize that they could train dogs for POTS, boy am I glad to hear that.
Thank you for posting your story.
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