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Everything is novel revisions lately. I am bearing down on the end of… 
28th-Jan-2015 03:39 pm
Everything is novel revisions lately. I am bearing down on the end of this thing. :) So excuse my almost-total absence!
28th-Jan-2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
I saw on your patreon about training your pet dog to be a service dog.

The training steps you have listed are good, but please consider engaging a trainer qualified to train dogs in seizure alert and response. A dog may naturally scent a seizure and lick or otherwise demonstrate their notice but it is not, by definition, a trained task. Task training is what makes a service dog just that, a service dog. A seizure alert dog should be trained in exactly what to do when a seizure occurs (do they bark? Should they run for the nearest person and bark?) or other tasks to mitigate a seizure when advanced warning is possible (retrieval of medications is a big one).

Though messages like this are frequently taken as "don't train your pet as a service dog" that's not the case. It's just very important to respect that which service dogs do and make sure that your dog is trained not just in good citizenship but in their dedicated tasks since their job is what sets them apart. The service dog community in the greater Boston area has been inundated with fake dogs and it would be sad to see this dog lumped in with them.
28th-Jan-2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
I actually need to amend my Patreon goals - thanks for the prompt! Set that up a year ago and forgot about it. Nicky has made a lot of progress in the year we've had him, but one thing that he hasn't progressed in is seizure response; whenever I'm in distress, he just gets distressed himself, which in not all that helpful! And my medical situation has gotten more complicated anyway.
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