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Service dog training at home suggestions

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Pamela Bates, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    I had some worries as to whether or not Bella could be taught, but I am going to try, she may do well once she matures some.
     
  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    I want to clarify on insurance. If you CAN afford it and CAN obtain it I think it's great to protect the general public from an unexpected injury. However, if it isn't possible I don't think a disabled person should be prevented from having a service dog as a result.
     
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  3. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Hi Pamela, I'm sorry but I don't have any experience training a dog to be a service animal. The police dog training I was involved with was basic obedience, CGC training, & learning the signals-words associated with law enforcement. They were also still pups between 12-16 weeks old. One of my current dogs is a therapy dog, but not a service animal as you need. He isn't entitled to go into places a service dog is, and the law is quite clear on that fact. There are far too many scammers trying to take their untrained dogs with them into places they have no right in doing so.

    Now if it were me I'd contact a certified testing site in your area with your questions. They'd be able to tell you if you're able to do the training yourself. Or possibly contacting the local chapter for disabled Americans for help and guidance. I'm pretty sure you can go to the national web site and read the guidelines for service animals, as well as getting pamphlets, links to places in your area, etc. I do wish you the best of luck, but please bear in mind not every good dog is suited for service dog work.
     
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  4. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    Thank you, I will be looking into that soon. On another note, Bella has a vet appointment and I plan to check with her too, she may be able to tell me if Bella is a good candidate for service dog work.
     
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  5. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    Just found out that Bella has demodex and has picked up a bacterial infection from all her scratching. Its a wonder that she listened at all. We will be boosting up Bella's immune system so it can fight them off. Where she picked them up from is beyond me. I am going to be putting more effort into getting her better for now.
     
  6. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    I have multiple concerns, but that's me. I've been involved in relatively rigorous training with dogs for about 15 years. Currently I train and compete in agility. I spend a lot of time and money trying to train myself and my dogs, and I consider myself an adequate trainer, but not much more. I consider training a service dog a considerably more demanding task. I think the average person who has never done any real training, paired with a dog that was not bred and selected to be a service dog have an uphill battle. It's not impossible, and my concerns are not based on the breed of the dog.
     
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  7. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    Pamela, demodex is inherited, not acquired. Your thought on boosting her immune system is a good one. Treatment with ivermectin can be helpful, while dips are really harsh, and good to avoid.
     
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  8. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Leslie, I agree with you 100%. Professionals, such as yourself, are much more capable of training dogs to be service animals. My issue is simply that a disabled owner should be given the opportunity to try. I do not believe that most would succeed.
     
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  9. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    How well put, the biggest thing that I think doesn't get touched on enough is training yourself in order to train the dog. You have to have the skills to train the dog to do the tasks needed to be of service to you. It really applies to all training, from basic obedience, therapy animal, agility, sports, service, you name it. While novice trainers can master basic obedience, it takes some skill to take on the others.

    I did remember something you can teach Bella that could help you. First you have to teach leave it. Once she has learned that, get a 10-12 inch dowel rod with a 2-3 inch diameter, around a broom handle size works well. Holding it with both hands, ask her to take it. After holding it a few seconds, ask her to leave it. The concept is to teach her to carry things for you. After Buddie learned the concept, I moved on to a grocery bag with a roll of paper towels in it. I had also already taught bring it. I'd give the take it command, he'd open his mouth and I put the handles in. Then I'd ask him to bring it to the kitchen, followed by leave it so I could take it. Then using the same concept you can move on to things like picking up dropped car keys, your purse, etc.
    If nothing else comes of it, at least she can be helpful in your house. Keep us posted won't you on what you find out. We do love learning here on the forum. :)
     
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  10. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    Thank you Lillie, I will. Leslie gave me a really good idea to train Tank also, and my husband agrees with me. Tank is more laid back and learns pretty fast. Only problem I see is that he is going to be big. At 7 months, he weighed 65 pounds. I am going to get him in to be weighed soon.
     
  11. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    The vet gave me some ivermectin yesterday and she will be given Apple cider vinegar and Omega 3's that are easily digestible.
     
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  12. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Roxy had mange as a puppy. Very, very, VERY bad case of it to the point she had no fur! She is still missing patches of fur actually which I think the damage was too deep so she probably will always be patchy according to the her current vet. The vet treated her with Ivermectin for couple months and as of June 6th, she has been free of them! Well technically they all have a little bit of these mites so I'm pretty sure she's not totally FREE but her immune system has been keeping them in check. I don't want to go off topic but a quick note, the rescue vet put her on Bravecto once the scrape came back negative because supposedly it helps with the demo mites as well along with ticks/flea prevention.
    Good luck with training! Let us know how it goes.
     
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  13. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    Thanks, I know she will always have to fight this and as far as I know, she will always be on ivermectin. Hopefully once we get her immune system beefed up (pardon the pun!), she won't need the meds.
     
  14. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Tonka took Ivermectin daily for almost six months. In the middle of her treatment Bravecto was approved to treat Demodex. Your dog should be allowed to take that once a month while it has Demodex (instead of daily Ivermectin). That is really tough. Tonka had a bad secondary bacterial infection. She also had generalized ringworm at the same time. I gave her vitamins A, B complex 50, C, and E, for a few months.
     
  15. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    My vet has Bella on 50 milligrams of Ivermectin once per month to be taken orally. She also recommended the apple cider vinegar and a better dry food.
     
  16. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member

    Also might want to consider coconut oil, contains medium chain triglycerides which is also good. Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid (both found in coconut oil) also have similar properties as lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects
     
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  17. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    To combine the ideas of service dog training and vet care, if you want to lean on and brace off of your dog, you may want your vet to check them for hip and elbow dysplasia. This is a pain because it can only be evaluated by x-ray. However, bull breeds have a rate of over 20% dysplastic hips, so it might be worthwhile before you invest too much time into specialized training.
    For what it's worth, I'm in no way a professional dog trainer, that's how I spend my money, not make it.
     
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  18. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    My vet said that Omega Q was the best bet, but I hadn't heard about coconut oil when I spoke to her. I am not sure how well it will be absorbed. I was talking to her about fish oil (omega 3s) that is when she mentioned Omega Q and said nothing works as well as it does. I will have to see about getting some at one point.
     
  19. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    I certainly will when funds allow.
     
  20. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    OK, I have located a training log for Tank and Bella's service dog certification. Let me know if I need to add or remove anything.
     

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