The Board of Directors of Service Dog Project, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Lynn George, Director of Operations to President of the organization.
Please join us in congratulating Lynn on her promotion.
When Carlene saw her dog had gotten his collar caught in the twisted top of the chain link and was hanging there by the collar, she asked the FedEx driver for help. Mr. Driver helped lift the dog off the fence and put him on the ground. Thank you FedEx driver for giving me a hand!
As a general rule, dogs are not supposed to bite people. They certainly shouldn’t walk up to someone and bite. But there are times when the dog is absolutely correct. Sometimes they are just protecting their partners and they will bite the “enemies” to force them to stop hurting their partners. Or, they just simply don’t like strangers touching them.
Regarding service dogs, Carlene and her team teach the dogs to just ignore other people entirely. Remember: not all disabilities are visible, and not all dogs are service dogs. You can sometimes pick out a real service dog. They will have perfect manners and will be within two feet of their owner.
This is the tenth year that the Service Dog Project has had cameras covering all their actions 24 hours a day. Explore.org has donated seven cameras on our farm that operate 24/7. For some people from all over the United States, it is the tenth year of spending a weekend at Service Dog Project having fun, learning about the dogs, and doing chores. The big job this year was the painting of the pig.
The SDP dogs are not perfect for every person, but when they do match, it can do wonders. Carlene received one letter from the father of a child recipient of one of the SDP dogs and he thanked how Carlene and her colleagues at Service Dog Project have given his son a gift that no therapist, doctor, or even priest could have done.
SDP’s historic stud dogs, Thumper and Bentley, were exactly 32 inches tall with a 16-inch leg. Carlene and her team also must teach them that if they are lifting the table as they stand up, then just don’t move, because a dog that is attached or tied to a moveable object could panic and run uncontrollably.
Still the story from Jack, but this time is his practicing the stair-climbing down. Last time is about up. Much of the work Jack does to help someone balance is to respond to a tug on his harness in any direction. I have to be ready for surprises. For example: for a partner with Parkinson’s.
When you live with a dog, the dog will tell you a lot of things if you pay attention, even reminding you that you’re about to have a seizure is certainly one of them. Almost every dog will let you know a lot of things .Not just seizures, or people at the front door, or a funny noise in the yard, or a funny smell.
New friend: Pigeons. 20 years old, all the pigeons are free and they are everywhere. 10 years ago and now, all the pigeons that used in commercials were banded, that is to say they all belong to someone
Question: how far from wolf society are our pet dogs? It’s hard to forget, no matter how beautifully those dogs worked in the crowd, there is a wolf in their gene pool.
6/12/22 Dogs and Cars Need to be Figured Out
Thoughts about the dogs and cars after there are two problems of dogs getting into and out of the cars. It’s about footing and getting out of balance.
Two stories about falling-down show examples of dogs giving two people some independence. This gives Carlene insights about how they start to train dogs to deal with what is hardly ever a simple fall down or get up.
Car rides become such an important part of a service dog’s life that we have to pay special attention to that travel phase. Carsickness can never be an issue, so even young pups have to do short rides. However, be careful! Sometime car rides can be terrifying for dogs
The story of the new recipient and his just received pup remind Carlene one important thing: wooden staircase. The wooden narrow staircases make a Great Dane feel top-heavy. As they need a slow introduction to this. Maybe sending them home with a family for months as puppy-raisers, that might make situations like stairs easier to deal with. However, Carlene and her team just don’t.
Carlene believes spoon-feeding should give pup a decent “wait,” as they should react to their name being called. Also remember to practice with two pups in a room, and they will be very enthusiastic when they are correct.
Should we put collars and leashes on pups or not? Carlene believes there is no absolute right or wrong but we do need this function. She thinks the chain training collar is a better tool for training instead of the standard leather collar.
Sorry, Carlene nearly forgot to write this week’s column. Why? Because there were eight pups in the house last night. All of them are very active since they can’t go out long enough. Olivia and Carlene took care of these pups carefully.
Feeding and training to produce more perfect service dogs. The training will be with a spoon and baby food because this way could avoid wet dog food slides through fingers and an iced tea spoon avoid dogs swallow it.