OBTAINING A PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG, by Bob Taylor

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I receive numerous calls from prospective clients daily concerning their need and sasha n duke 6desire for a trained Psychiatric Service Dog. Most people are concerned with:
1. Do I qualify for a Service Dog?
2. How long does it take to get a dog from you?
3. How much does it cost?
To me this tells me that the person inquiring isn’t at a point where they have become serious about actually acquiring an actual dog, but are still trying to determine the “ifs” about getting a dog. The problem is, because they start out like this, as things progress they tend to either miss, forget, or somehow omit the really important questions that you do need answers for.
LAYING YOUR FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS WITH YOUR PROVIDER
The following questions would more likely, if you continue, lay the foundation that will determine the successfulness of your Service Dog experience with your provider:
1. What qualifies you to train a Service Dog for me?
2. What is your educational background?
3. What Awards have you been honored with for your work with dogs?
4. How long have you been training Service dogs?
A. What references do you have?
B. Do you have a professional source that can verify the quality of your work?

THE REAL DELIMMA
No matter how, where, or when you do get your dog, once you do, you are stuck with MATT N BOWSERan animal who is going to live with you, in your house, with your family, and around your community. What will happen then depends on

  • The particular dog that was selected, trained, and placed with you.
  • The relationship and bond that dog has with you.
  • The quality of the training imprinted in the dog you receive.

You need to be involved in the selection process.

Make sure that the dog selected is capable of doing the tasks you are purchasing them to do. Many times my clients aren’t focused, and don’t send me or communicate to us about important tasks that they need their dogs to do. Without our background of expertise they would be up the creek. Make sure that your provider knows every detail about the dog you want and need.

Your provider needs to understand that you are paying them, and they are working for, YOU. They need to be focused on your needs, and training your dog the way you want. If not, you are wasting your time. Most providers don’t even train their dogs for a specific person. They instead generically train a dog, and then put it with you, and expect it to work. That usually doesn’t happen.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SERVICE DOG PROVIDERS
Some years ago several trainers from a Guide Dog facility in California came to me to observe what and how we trained dogs. They were part of the upper echelon of trainers at that facility and were interested in a comparison between what we were doing, compared with what they were doing. Some of them were quite experienced, and very good at what they were doing. I was looking for some trainers, and they were very interested. Unfortunately, our training was on a level so far above theirs that they were stupefied, and completely unprepared. You wouldn’t think that a business like that would use lower level trainers with no other experience, but obviously they did. Especially when they make over $50,000.00 for each dog they train, you would expect a higher level of training, more knowledge, expertise, and ability in their trainers. It is a simple fact that most Service Dog training schools hire advanced beginner trainers, and use them to train YOUR dog.
We take our dogs out daily, and see other “Service” trained dogs all the time. We have yet to meet a single dog trained to do the job in an adequate measure. The selection, training, and placement of the dogs we encounter is poor in comparison with what we offer. My only comment here is make sure you are going to get the quality and behavior you are paying for.
Recently another “Service Dog” School in California went bankrupt. The owner had a website that looked good, and put out blogs that seemed intelligent. However, she lied. She claimed to have a 5 year-old -son with Autism, but failed to inform you that she had institutionalized him at 18 months, and only visited him occasionally. She also didn’t inform her clients about the numerous unsatisfied dog clients she was dealing with, which caused her to file bankruptcy, and close her business. While many clients called us for help, people had invested thousands in her business, and lost it all.
I realize that not every client is going to be happy with the results of their experience. Some times it’s their fault, and once in a while it’s the suppliers. However, when we have a questionable experience with a client we replace the dog, and make sure that the client is happy. Unless they have been dishonest, or just are looking to make a quick dollar at our expense, we please them all, and go beyond reason to do so. It’s only fair.
THIS IS A CRITICAL BUSINESS
No matter what anyone says, this is a critical, and sometimes life and death business. Every client who contacts us does so with great needs. Every client we deal with is here with serious concerns. We try very hard to find out all the particulars as soon as possible, in as much detail as we can, but often the client holds back. We ask for videos of the home, the family, and the affected individual, along with doctor’s statements, etc., and constantly find the need for more. Even when you’ve got the information YOU need, training the special dog you’ve chosen to perform the tasks and functions needed, on the level you need them, the way the client needs them to be performed, is always critical and important. Though life goes on, catches you up with emergencies and problems that get in your way, slow or stop your progress and cause you trouble, no excuse is acceptable to our clients, when they come to get a “trained” dog.
WHAT IS A TRAINED DOG?
A trained dog is a dog that is conditioned to perform specific behaviors and ‘tasks’, a specific way, under specific conditions, in specific environments. When you change the specifics, it affects the performance and responsiveness from the dog. Therefore it is extremely important that during the training process, when the dog is learning, that they be subjected to different environments, handlers, and circumstances that will match those they are going to encounter, when they go to their handlers home. If not, the dog will most probably NOT perform or behave in the manner which the supplier has trained them for YOU.
WHAT IS A PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG
In my blog “WHAT IS A PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG”, I try to explain the differencesSAM 500 between the older model of Service Dog and the newer Psychiatric Service Dog.
HOW ARE PSCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS USED?  I have found over the past 35 years that our handlers use their dogs as:
• A detector of neurological energies caused by abnormal brain-wave related behaviors.
• A counter-balance against unwanted neurological behaviors.
• A safe guard against unwanted behaviors, both voluntary and involuntary, in the handler.
• A shield against stress, caused inside the handler, in the environment around them, and by others.
• A doorway to connection, with the family, society, and the world around them.
• An enabling presence, giving them the ability to function as needed.
• A balancing presence, keeping them balanced by counter-balancing unwanted neurological and physiological problems, created by the hypothalamus in their brains, and causing physiological behaviors for them, which they cannot control.
• A comforting presence, by physically responding to the handler, keeping them safe, happy, and functional, in a world that they have to live in.
UNDER THE NEW ADA LAWS:
• Each of these functions can be considered a “task” that the dog performs for the client.
• Unlike a guide, or mobility dog, a psychiatric Service Dog’s tasks are designed around enhancing their handler’s ability to function better.
• The first task the dog has is to help their handler balance their mental/emotional behaviors.
They are trained to help their handler:
1. To feel less stress
2. To be less frustrated
3. To communicate and respond better
4. To be more neurologically balanced
5. To have fewer emotional disruptions
6. To focus and concentrate better
7. To be more cognitive and rational
For someone with a Developmental Disability, Severe Anxiety, PTSD, Seizure behaviors, Panic Attacks, Depression, Hyper Tension, Bi-Polar and personality disorders, and accompanying physical disorders and disabilities, these dogs can be life transforming and lifesaving.
AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR IN A GOOD SERVICE DOG PROVIDER.
BOB TAYLOR’S LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS And CURRICULUM VITAE
• Multi-National (18 X) Protection, Tracking, and Obedience Dogsports (Schutzhund) bob-herosChampion
• MULTI-Master Tracking Dog National Champion
• Merit of Honor-German Shepherd Dog Club
• Over 150 Service dogs trained, certified, and successfully placed in the disabled community.
• Thirty years, California Superior Court K9 Expert
• Trained over Over 1,000 dangerous dogs
“In my opinion Bob Taylor is the formost trainer in his field.” Seymour Weintraub, President, Columbia/Universal Pictures, Producer of Tarzan and other animal movies.
“Having searched the world, we believe Bob Taylor is the best dog trainer we can find.” Chairman Lee, SAMSUNG CORPORATION, Korea.
“Having trained at the top 7 facilities for K9 training in America, I must state that Bob Taylor’s training is beyond compare. “The late Dr. David Kelso, PHD, Fema Director for Search & Rescue K9s in Northwest United States for 10 years. Handler of America’s top Search & Rescue, Service Dogs, Therapy K9s, trained by Bob Taylor.
Accomplishments
• Ex(Retired) Los Angeles Police Officer, landon n all
• Ex(Retired) Long Beach Animal Control Officer.
• CONSULTANT: Southern California Animal Control Officers Association
• CONSULTANT: United States Federal Post Office, & So Cal Edison.
• Retained as Manager of Animal Services by Samsung Electronics, Seoul South Korea.
• Over 28 years CALIFORNIA’S SUPERIOR COURT CERTIFIED K9 EXPERT
• Helped create the “Dangerous Dog “ Laws for the State of California
• Worked on several dozen cases in SUPERIOR COURTS and ANIMAL COURTS throughout California involving dog bites and vicious dogs, nuisance dogs, etc.
• Have worked with Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego District Attorneys, and Public Defenders Offices from 1985-2012.
• In the past six years retained to testify with three murder trials involving dogs.
• Rehabilitated and trained over 1,000 dangerous dogs.
• Titled over 50 dogs in the sport of Schutzhund.
• 6 TIMES United States National Dog Sport (Schutzhund/Police K9) Champion for Tracking, Obedience, and Protection K9 training.
• 3 times National Tracking Dog Champion (1st, 2nd, and 4th out of the top 57 trackers in America in 1992).
• Awarded the “Merit of Honor for Outstanding Contribution to the German Shepherd breed in America”, by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America-Working Dog Association
• Qualified 12 Times to represent The German Shepherd Dog Club of America at the bobnshepsWorld Meisterschaft (Championships). Trained the highest scoring female at the World Championships. Trained several other National and World Championship Champion K9s.
• Extensive education with several UNIVERSITY (Long Beach State University, LA & LB City Colleges) & College Degrees.
• Author of 8 published kindle books on Dog Training and Psychology.
• Owner/Operator DOGWISH, Inc. 10 years, 38 years running dog training businesses in the State of California
• In 2006 Bob Taylor was awarded the “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Journal of Longevity Magazine, for his work with the Disabled.
• Red Cross “American Hero” for 2006, by Dr. David Kelso, VP AMERICAN RED CROSS.
• Make-a-Wish Foundation Vender of the Year 2009, 27 years of service as their Critical Dog Trainer
• In 2007 and for four consecutive years Bob was retained to return, and trained special Police Dogs that he bred, raised, and personally trained, to guard the homes of several actors and high profile VIPs on 3 different Caribbean Resort Islands.
• Bred, trained, and placed over 150 Service Dogs for people with Neurological Disabilities including: Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, Severe Anxiety & Panic Attacks, P.T.S.D., Mitochondrial Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Prader Willi’s Syndrome, and several other related disorders, Seizures and related disabilities, etc.
• Consultant for the State of California Board of Education, Department of Developmental Disabilities (presently this have a pilot program and am training many dogs through the State Regional Centers), to train for the public, and for Public School Special Needs Teachers.
• Involved in Research with the University of Riverside, Professor Choe, concerning the special scent discrimination abilities of Dogs for Detection
Bob Taylor is currently involved in:
1. A pilot program with the State of California, Board of Education, Department of Developmental Disabilities to place Service Dogs with:
a. families through Regional Centers
b. Public School Special Needs Teachers
2. Research with Leading Universities (University of Riverside & Irvine) on Scent Detection, (Bed Bug Detection K9s), using his own trained dogs
3. Placing hundreds of Service Dogs throughout America, etc., with The Dog Wish Incorporated that he founded and runs, as the President of the Board of Directors.
4. Has obtained Certification on Dementia and related Neurological concerns, including caregiving, from 3 prominent Universities, including Duke University, John Hopkins School of Nursing, and the University of Tasmania in New Zealand.
5. Has written several books on Dog Training, and Dog Psychology.
Bob has numerous letters of personal referral from active clients he has placed dogs with during the past three years.
I hope this blog has helped you and resolved many questions you may have. If you have more questions or concerns, we are here for you. Call Bob at 760-662-3767, or email us at bob@dogwish.org.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Service Dogs, by Bob Taylor

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Dog Wish Service Dogs are the greatest help you can provide to someone whoBESS N FRIENDS has Dementia.

  • They have had their natural mental processes modified to control hypertension, produce handler focus, and communicate dynamically on a non-verbal level.
  • They are trained to connect, communicate, and partner up with people who have become primarily ‘right-brained’ more effectively than a ‘left-brained’ or “normal” human could.
  • They are trained to passively protect their handler from themselves, from their environment, and from others.

A Dog Wish Service Dog is selected and trained to provide the answers for THE COWBOYboth the Dementia patient, and those caring for them.

Some of the leading concerns stated by caregivers who are working with people suffering with dementia are that, as the disease progresses the affected individual becomes:

  • More and more disoriented
  • Less responsive,
  • easily confused
  • More emotionally unstable, prone to emotional break downs & melt downs,
  • More lonely, isolated, and detached
  • Mentally disjointed and prone to erratic behaviors at unusual times
  • More prone to delusional thoughts and behaviors

All of these behaviors are symptomatic of a person who is losing the ability to use their “left-brained” cognitive frontal lobe processes, and cerebral cortex behaviors, that we all depend upon for normal behavior, as described by top scientists.

THE MAJOR PROBLEM FOUND BY LEADING RESEARCH EXPERTSNANCY & JEWEL

Many top studies sight the work of Dr. Nancy Minshew, at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Minshew is noted as being one of the most prolific and best-known researchers in the field of Autism, Alzheimer’s, and the brain.  With Dementia it is the loss of Purkinge cells in the brain that destroys its ability to use left and frontal brain functions and activities.

Dr. Minshew has found that with these disorders there is a unique and remarkable counter-effect produced by the brain.  The brain re-wires itself, and the right side of the brain takes over and performs those functions normally addressed by the left side of the brain.    Becoming predominately right brained is a unique and remarkable phenomenon, produced by the brain itself, in an attempt to reproduce the abilities being lost by the individual whose is losing their ability to use important parts of their left brain.

 

I discuss this in my latest book, CAREGIVERS WITH PAWS: How Service Dogs are helping those suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This unique mental ‘state-of-being’ is highly illusive, and poses several problems for the caretaker, and those trying to communicate with the affected person.  (*NOTE: the above referenced book can be purchased on Amazon.com, in the Kindle section, or by contacting Dog Wish at bob@dogwish.org.  It is the first book on Service Dogs for those with Dementia published on Amazon.)

RIGHT BRAINED PROBLEMSFLUFNNO2

People who are predominately ‘right-brained’ may ‘copy’ those around them who are left brained, but lack the connected cognition which the left brain provides.  Therefore, those who are disabled with this mental disorder may appear intelligent and capable, but this is an illusion and is not trustworthy.  People whose brains have been re-wired may be seriously lacking in their functional ability.  They may ‘appear’ to be responding in a normal fashion, but it is not a reliable, comprehensive behavior.

  • The right brain does not have the logical, rational abilities to produce the cognizant behaviors that the left brain does.
  • The right brain is prone to illusive, subjective processes that are irrational
  • The ‘right-brained’, affected person, exists in a separate reality than a ‘left-brained’ person

People whose brains have been re-wired ‘right’ do not have the ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings that people who are ‘left-brained’ do.   They can’t remember the words to express their thoughts properly.

  • They need a partner who can detect their needs
  • and respond to their non-verbal communication efforts.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are the answer:

  • They can detect the nonverbal intentions, needs, and desires of their handler.
  • They are trained to go left brained, and meet their handler or caregiver on the level where they are, and work with them at that mental place.
  • Because of their conditioning they counter mood swings, melt downs, emotional confusion, turmoil based behaviors, and help the handler to resolution with calmness.
  • They can pick up on the intentions of the caregiver and help them work more successfully with the affected person.
  • They can synchronize their energy with that of their handler, providing comfort, confidence, and communication.

*Dog Wish Service Dogs are the greatest help you can provide to someone JOHN,ARLA,NBESSwho has Dementia.

  • They have had their natural mental processes modified, and are trained to connect, communicate, and partner up with people who have become primarily ‘right-brained’ more effectively than a ‘left-brained’ or “normal” human could.

Because of their condition, our understanding, and training, their dog will be capable of doing things with and for them that you cannot do.

The dog will understand them far better than you are capable of, and be able to respond to them in ways you can’t.  Simply put, whether that person is in their home or a chosen Assisted Living Facility, the most important thing to them, always, is that their Service Dog be right there.  This is because the Service Dog, when trained properly, will immediately become their primary connection with this world, and their presence will be your best and most beneficial tool in preserving their personal integrity and keeping them safe, healthy, and happy.  Anyone who is serious about the welfare of that person needs to take these facts into consideration.

WHY ARE DOG WISH DEMENTIA SERVICE DOGS BETTER?BOBNRICK

Unlike what someone without proper knowledge or understanding might think, our Dog Wish K9 Service Dog will be a better qualified and more helpful and beneficial caregiver, than you can be, in many ways.  However, don’t feel left out, because you will still be needed, for the little things.

How is this even possible? 

  • They can detect the scents that their handler’s body produces. They will know what is normal, abnormal, and can detect, alert, and respond for the benefit of their handler.
  • They are many (up to 100) times more sensitive to the energies we produce as we are, and can detect abnormal brainwave and body energy.
  • We have created methods for teaching dogs to invert their senses and then use their sensory abilities to concentrate 95 to 100% of their attention on their handlers at all times.
  • We have created exercises that I go through with their handlers, that strengthen the emotional bond between the Service Dog and their handler.
  • In so doing, we teach our Service Dogs to have an unusually intense and critical focus on their handlers, to “watch out” for them and to be emotionally close to them.

A DOGWISH Service dog is a 24-Hour Passively Protective Partnerbobnsheps

The K9 can stop the person from leaving the home in the later stages of the disease and alert the caregiver.

  • In the first two stages of the disease, the K9 can be trained to accompany the handler, so they can safely go for a walk and return them home.
  • They can discourage aggressive advances of others and will intelligently and progressively, passively protect their handlers, according to the letter of the law.
  • The Service Dog is always there as a primary connection for the handler and can help with the emotional aspects of their disability.
  • The Service Dog is a constant friend who is focused on the handler 24/7.

A DOG WISH Service dog IMPROVES the Handler’s Function Ability

  • The Service Dog develops a strong connection with the disabled individual and improves self-confidence. The Service Dog also helps to resolve fear issues and can reduce co-dependence.
  • The Service Dog can intervene with a depressed or fearful handler, improving his/her state of mind. The Service Dog will sense this state and reduce the sense of loneliness and isolation.
  • The alert and concerned presence of a trained Dog Wish Service Dog can help by detecting and alerting everyone to a potentially dangerous situation caused by delusionary, hysterical or forgetful behaviors that could cause the handler harm.

A DOG WISH Service Dog will Delay Deterioration of the Handler!

  • By improving the physical health of its handler with walks and other physical activity.
  • Physical activities slow down the impact of aging and degeneration of muscle tissue and bone mass.
  • Provides a positive connecting relationship outside of their own mental state of being that motivates, encourages and uplifts them.
  • Interacting with the Service Dog stimulates the handler’s brain.
  • According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is possible reverse the trends of dementia in up to 10% of all cases.

NOTE: If your loved one is going through the beginning stages of Dementia do not hesitate to call and speak with Dog Wish today.  A Dog Wish K9 Dementia Service Dog will make all the difference in the World for you and your loved one.

Our Service Dogs are individually selected, trained, and placed with each client to assure behavior, performance, suitability, and correct energy bonding.  We can give you the perfect dog for you, at your request.

Bob Taylor, 760-662-3767, bob@dogwish.org

Dog Wish President

California State Superior Court K9 Expert,

California State Behaviorist, and

California State Licensed Service Dog Expert.

LEVELS OF DOG TRAINING, by Bob Taylor

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We have used an inductive reasoning to separate the Levels of dog training. This blog explains where a dog is at on each level, what we teach them, and how to progress the dog, and increases our THE COWBOYability to focus more intelligently on exactly what the wish to accomplish with each lesson. Understanding this also helps us to progress with less stress, more focus, faster, and better, with each dog. When you break your goals for instruction down it becomes more comprehensive and easier to understand for the dog, and the handler/trainer.
The following are basic notes for training dogs on five distinct levels of training, beginning with basic instruction, and progressing to advanced levels of training. We are concerned here with an organization of what we are teaching the dog, and not with the details of our training.
LEVEL ONE DOG TRAINING
The goal of the first level of training is to imprint a positive experience in the mind of the dog, associated with the specific behavior you are introducing your dog to. The pup/dog, who knows nothing about what it is being taught, needs to be given a positive experience that will produce a positive memory they can associate with the behavior the trainer desires for them to learn.

1. Set them up to want your attention, affection, and handling using a kennel, bringing out on a chain, and making the wait for you.
2. We use food, not a much as a reward, but as a conditioning tool, giving it to the dog during the entire time they are being trained.
3. The training needs to happen quickly, short sessions, with time in between where the pup/dog can refocus mentally and emotionally, and prepare for the next session.

The emphasis in level one training is on the handler, to put the training into the pup/dog. It is their energy, their power, their performance, which helps the pup/dog to stop, focus, receive, follow, and desire to perform the training shown to, and performed for, them. Giving the pup/dog as positive, exciting, nurturing, and beneficial experience as possible it ultimately what counts.

1. Learning how to use your body, your voice, and your brain, to communicate correctly in a positive, exciting way, is imperative to the first level of training.
2. Learning how to handle your dog will help your pup/dog to relax, focus, and produce positive receptiveness to your energy, and intentions.
3. Learning to use your environment to motivate your pup/dog to want to learn

The most important part of Level 1 training is producing a foundation for your pup/dog that will encourage strong performance, and make it easier for you as you continue to condition your dog. Creating positive experiences that will develop desire to continue the training you want your dog to learn is what Level 1 training is all about.

*Almost every pup that comes to me for training after 4 months of age shows signs of abuse, where they were traumatized through a training experience, which shows a failure on the part of their handler/trainer. Though they may be wellKERRYPUP3 intentioned:

• most people are motivated and mentally controlled by fear
• most people quickly develop insecurity
• most people are motivated by greed.

These factors influence the energies they project out at your pup/dog. They are toxic, and will influence your dog, even if you don’t intend for them to come across. There is no way to hide or control them because they are emotionally triggers by your brain’s Amygdalas, (your emotional control centers) automatically, and no matter your conscious mind tries to produce, these innate behaviors will come out. As soon as you are put, (by the pup/dog, or whoever) in a defensive position, they will surface like a submarine, and attack. Theonly way NOT to trigger these responses is not put or be paced in a position with your pup/dog, where your ego/will is being challenged.

A dog has three working drives that are necessary, in order to train them as a working dog. You have a food drive, a prey (or retrieving) drive, and a bite drive. There are two types of prey drive, a prey-retrieve drive, and a prey-kill drive. Everything you teach a pup or dog will become a story, a mental picture that they put themselves into. You need to help them create a story for everything you teach them that will fit into your strategized plan. In so doing you will be able to create the emotions, and perspective your dog has about the work you want them to do. If trainers would put the intensity, emotion, and sensitivity they put into protection work into obedience work, they would see phenomenal success.
LEVEL TWO DOG TRAINING
In Level Two several things happen that change your dog in many ways:
1. You institute the thought process, and the learning process, (see my book DOG PSYCHOLOGY 101).
A. You teach the dog to stop, relax, and enjoy being quiet with you
B. You teach the dog to stop thinking about them self and instead focus on you.
C. You teach the dog how to ignore distractions
D. You teach the dog how to observe, think about, and receive your instruction
E. You teach the dog how to follow your instructions
F. You teach the dog how to correct their own mistakes

2. You teach the dog how to focus on your energy,
A. taking them from the self-absorbed conscious state of mental being that has controlled them up to that minute of their life,MARTINA 1
B. Teaching them to get outside themselves and concentrate on you instead.
C. Teaching them to concentrate on only you for 10 seconds to 10 minutes at a time.
D. The dog learns to tune the specific level of energy they use and project to match yours.
E. They do this through on line, double line training, on a tie out, and then in the training field.
F. You then teach the dog to focus on your hand and body communication process.

As you do this, using several selected techniques and exercises, several things happen to your dog:

A. You teach the dog to feel the energy you project with your hands first, and then with your body, and finally your brain.
B. You teach the dog to move step by step “in-sync” with you physically and mentally.
C. You teach the dog to tune their intentions to yours.
D. You teach the dog to work as a connected extension of your co-intentions.
E. You and your dog become partners in co-creating your own world.

3. You teach the dog how to overcome stress with focus and intention

4. You teach the dog to work voluntarily, willingly, intelligently, and

5. You teach the dog to make their own decisions and follow through

As a result of Level-two work you and your dog become an integrated, connected team.
In level two work, you use only instruction, NO harder corrections, but suggestions, designed to focus the intentions of the dog. In level-two work:CODYNBAILEY2

A. You teach your dog how to use their left brain, and to develop their rational faculties. This actually teaches the dog to use their brain and intelligence abilities to behave in ways that we, as human beings, can understand and respond to.
B. You teach your dog to be sensitive to energies in you, around you, and in the psycho-centric world surrounding you.
C. You teach your dog to go into “Command Mode”, where they slow down, focus on you, feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing, and connecting with you. (If a “well trained’ dog could be anything, they would be YOU.)
D. You teach the dog to consciously make correct decisions, to think in a focused, intelligent, proper manner that is dependable and predictable.

Even though, in Level-two work, we accomplish a multitude of accomplishments, these are all done on a level where your dog can work, at first, with as little stress as possible. This is a level of maturity, where your dog, and most people, are the most comfortable. Then you progress to higher levels of diversity, stress, and complexity. Finally, your dog should progress to the point where their thought process is focus and capable of making proper decisions instantly, without arguing or disputing your intentions.

THE REASON FOR MATURITY LEVELS IN DOGS
There is a reason for the maturity levels adapted by dogs, and humans. It is primarily to protect them from the onslaught of stressful attack, presented by circumstance, in the world around them. A lower maturity level serves to protect the dog mentally and emotionally from having to respond on a level that might cause injury to them. There are dogs that seem to naturally possess a higher level of maturity, and many dogs, through training raise their maturity levels. They also live a shorter life span, and die younger than those who don’t.

One of the great things about level-two work is that we can instruct the dog where it is at, without having to modify its maturity levels, or its mentality. This is important because we progress with the dog as they are ready and capable. Every dog is different, with different temperament, dispositions, and instincts (and accompanying drives), and it is our goal to help each dog progress as is best for them, with their particulars.

DISCIPLINE

One of the most misunderstood parts of training with anyone is the understanding of what proper discipline is, and the also the application of how it is properly used in training.AMANDA N  BOWSER

Discipline should be viewed as a two edged sword. The top part of the sword is instructional, based fundamentally on love. It is used to clarify, motivate, and produce proper performance in the dog in a positive way that bonds the dog to the handle, and produces a “team” training type of experience. The bottom side of the sword is like a dark side. It is expressed as punishment, or correction, and expresses anger, the desire to cause
Pain; and used as the justification of a desire for retribution. It causes separation, division disassociation, and leads to indifference.

Instruction is meant to educate, to teach and condition. This allows the dog to learn, accept, respond, normalize, personalize, and begin to habitualize the conditioning given, in preparation for level three work. Instruction is best viewed as uplifting, working for your dog’s best interests, and is a caring function.

Every one of us needs discipline. It is a function of love, concern, caring, and produces confidence. The person who doesn’t discipline their dog, doesn’t love their dog.

LEVEL THREE WORK
Modern day dog training was started in 1902 in Bavaria Germany by Col. Conrad Most, and the creator of the German Shepherd Dog, Max Von Stephanitz. In his book on dog training, Most described in detail how to use compulsion to condition dogs to perform. Col. Most had been the national Obedience Dog Champion two years in a row because of his conditioning methods, and was gaining popularity. Using his methods, Max put together the most comprehensive training program ever developed for a working dog, which they called Schutzhund training, which they used to train Police K9s for Germany. Today 10,000,000 dogs are still being trained and compete world-wide in this dog sport.

In the past 40 years dog training has evolved, and now there are several different methods being used. However, the original methods produced by this team still serve as the fundamental standard for all dog training. Unfortunately, 99 percent of all dog trainers have never heard of Conrad Most, or Von Stephanitz, and are ignorant.

CONTRADICTIONS

In some ways, there level three work contradicts the level two work. These levels are not meant to be consecutive, or to overlap each other. They are each areas in themselves. There are five steps to teaching anyone anything: stop, focus, receive, follow, and respond.
Each step in training requires a separate thought/emotional progression, in and of itself.
Each step in training is different for each dog. For instance, the fourth step in the learning process is what I call ‘follow’.

In this process, the dog has to learn to receive your command and then to respond by identifying your intention, and obediently performing, exactly as requested. This is a complex process because it demands that the dog give up its will, and substitute it with yours. For a female dog, who sees herself as yours, this is a natural bonding progression. However, for a strong male dog, who sees you as his, this becomes a hysterical contradiction of everything he feels and believes. For this reason most females can progress faster and easier than males.

LEVEL THREE CONDITIONING
In level three dog training the dog has been conditioned and evolved to the point where they are ready to perform “on command”. The dog is ready to learn:bob-heros

• To respond as “commanded”
• To respond instantly without having to think or determine
• To respond instantly
• To learn to focus, mentally absorb the handler/trainer’s intention, and respond

Level three work helps the dog to take all of it’s training, and use it right now, in this moment, to perform exactly as requested.

In Level three work the dog learns to resolve its stress experiences by responding quickly, in an effort to resolve its immediate ‘Delima’.

In level three work the trainer/handler must use verbal and simultaneous physical instruction. The dog is getting conditioned to respond instantly, to avoid the physical instruction. This training does parallel the training of Col. Conrad Most, only slightly abbreviated, and not as hard, because the dogs we are training with are not Police K9s with sharp temperament levels, but Service Dogs, with medium or medium high quality temperaments.

This produces:
• A higher level of respect for the command.
• A sharper focus from the dog on the handler’s intention.
• A deeper respect for the handler/trainer in the mind of the dog.
• A stronger desire to perform in the mind of the dog.
• A more single minded focus between the dog and the handler/trainer.
• A more cohesive behavior from the dog.

Through your work with the dog in level three the dog and the handler should learn to advance their mutual respect and natural bond for and with each other. This training sets the team up to progress into the fourth level of dog training. Remember that as you train your dog in level three you need to be sensitive to the dog’s mental/emotional needs and desires. Sometimes you might want to start on level two, and then advance into level three work, especially in the beginning, so as not to overwhelm the dog. It is not bad to start on level one, and progress from there, depending on where your dog is at.

LEVEL FOUR

In level four training we draw from the first three levels of training with the dog, and the strength of that conditioning, to provide a strong and fundamentally comprehensive background, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically, for each dog being AMANDA N  LYLA 10trained.

Level four training teaches the dog to respond to the handler, regardless of its situation, environment, or its particular experience. In this level the dog is tested continuously by being placed in situation where they have the choice to choose whether to follow the commands of their handler, or to follow their own dictates. The dog is then taught that not following the commands of their handler can be dangerous, self-abusive, and futile.

In this level the training with the dog is focused on teaching the dog not to trust its own instincts and thought processes, but instead to learn to look for and follow the commands of their handler. In order to do this with a minimum amount of stress, compulsion, and trauma, the supervised, controlled, partial use of an electronic collar is necessary.

Dog Wish does not use electronic collars to teach dog training to dogs. Electronic collars are only used as the final step in the learning process.

1. First we comprehensively train a dog, so that they, without a doubt, know exactly what is expected and how to perform in each exercise where an electronic collar is going to used.
2. Second, the dog must have gone through the “thought” process to the point where they have consciously made the decision to act, exactly as commanded and expected.
3. Third, their decisions and actions in each circumstance must have become habitually engrained into their thought process, which takes a minimum of 21 days.
4. The collar is then used on a minimum setting, and upgrades only as is necessary to work with the mental process of each dog, to accomplish its goal.
5. Again, this process is not an end in itself, and the dog’s performance must be critically evaluated with each use. Often, the process needs to be stopped, and
the level of training backed up, to give the dog time to evaluate and perform correctly.
As this level of work continues, the dog needs to be trained while wearing the electronic collar, however using it less and less, and on lower levels. This progression is only successful when it is done exactly as written here.

The training with the electronic collar should shorten the predictable response time for each dog, reducing its stress and mental Delima, and helping the dog to make faster, more focus, dependable decisions.

LEVEL FIVE TRAINING

In level five training the dog and handler work with a regular collar, and the dog responds based on its training, with the handle/trainer, as a team effort. In this level the dog should have habitualized its conditioning, and not need harder instructional efforts. It should work in-pack as trained.bobnsheps

For questions and concerns contact bob@dogwish.org
or call Bob Taylor 760-662-3767

PRE-ALERT SEIZURE DOGS

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For 14 years now Dog Wish has placed over 100 Pre-Alerting Seizure Detection Service Dogs that change their handler’s lives. These Service Dogs are specifically trained to, detect abnormal brainwave activity, body chemical scents, and MATT N BOWSERcorresponding behaviors, before actual seizure experiences, or other abnormal neurological disruptions take place.

This originally occurred in the early 2,000s as the result of training dogs for clients disabled with autistic developmental disabilities. As our training process allowed the Psychiatric Service Dogs we trained to be sensitive to the actual Physiological processes in the brain and body of each handler, we started receiving reports detailing the affect that our dogs were having on them. They had a strong impact, especially in the areas dealing with:

• their uncontrollable emotional outbursts,
• meltdowns,
• seizures,
• Anxiety and PTSD experiences,
• Abnormal and Dementia oriented behaviors and mental activities.

The dogs Dog Wish was placing greatly minimized or eliminated these behaviors in their handlers. As a result, their families and care givers began to ask about the procedures we used to produce these results with our trained Dog Wish Service Dogs.
I seriously investigated each situation to find out what exactly was happening. I wanted to know what we were doing, through our training, which caused this phenomenon.

As a result I found some specific details that were consistent throughout.

1. As a result of the Psychiatric Service Dog training Dog Wish provided with each dog to modify and balance the output of energy in each Service Dog, just the presence of the Service Dog greatly helped to counter balance an arrest their abnormal, meltdown, anxiety, and seizure typed behaviors.

2. As Multi-National and World Championship Tracking Experts, we trained each Service Dog to detect and indicate the scent of their handler. When that scent changed, the dogs would become nervous and alert the handler’s caregivers, whining,BRITTNEY 4 barking, running in circles, standing in front of them so they had to stop and investigate themselves, etc., until they realized something was wrong, and could medicate and care for that person properly.

3. The Service Dogs were also detecting the energy that their handlers were projecting out, and alerted when that energy changed, which greatly helped arrest their abnormal, meltdown, and seizure typed behaviors.

In doing this we:

• Altered the flow of energy with each dog, to correspond with their handler.
• Taught each dog to focus completely on the handler, smelling their scent, and becoming acutely aware of their energy.

I read about others who were doing this training, and was deeply disappointed in their lack of knowledge, expertise, and performance.

• Their training was based on shallow tricks.
• The level of their training was basic, and non-professional
• The philosophy of their training had nothing to do with Psychiatric work

It was obvious to me that someone needed to do something to help this community. Their dogs were not trained comprehensively to detect anything with any degree of certainty. They had done nothing to change and enhance the mental abilities in their dogs to make them credible, like Dog Wish has now done for 15 years, with tremendous success.

How I obtained the Answer…
I have been involved in the study of canine behavior for some forty years now with both domestic and wild dogs, locally, nationally, and internationally, both as an international competitor, the California State Superior Court K9 Expert and State sasha n duke 6Behaviorist, and in connection with Universities and leading Scientists. Through my Post Graduate studies I have been able to comprehend and inductively compile an understanding of how the canine brain receives, processes, and responds to life in our known world. I have used this knowledge to train Psychiatric typed Service Dogs for hundreds of individuals, and organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

We connected and have been certified, completing University Courses on the Brain, and dealing with people who are disabled and disordered, with several Universities (Duke, John Hopkins, UCLA, University of Tasmania), to find answers to problems caused by the numerous disabilities related to the brain and body such as Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, and Dementias, in humans.

We have compared the information and findings from these many sources, with the answers we have found from our own studies conducted with the many dogs we are constantly training for people with disabilities.

At the same time we have worked with a complete spectrum of behaviors daily, presented to us by concerned clients who have brought their dogs to us for behavioral development, conditioning, replacement, transformation, and rectification.

The specific cause for our success is the ability I have been able to create, to stimulate, and to engineer mental growth, development, and responsiveness from our Psychiatric Service dogs.

At Dog Wish we modify the thought process, and behavior in each dog we train. In order to be effective and successful we work with each dog to:KERRYPUP3
• Enhance their self-image and role in their pack or family,
• Raise their level of intelligence and individual maturity,
• Teach them how to focus, connect, and keep their concentration on their handler,
• In order to become more alert, functional, and compliance,
• Become a more positive part of the relationships with their human counterparts that they share and experience.

As a result of our training each of these dogs has learned to expand their brain’s potential:

• To focus, receive, understand, follow, and perform tasks based on verbal communication, electro-magnetic stimulus, and brain wave inductive energy.
• Develop the ability to communicate dynamically on several levels using several dimensions of communication.
• Develop the ability to use their brains to do intelligent complex problem solving.

There is a great emphasis in our training on right brained conditioning exercises that help the dog and handler to expand and enhance their right brained activities. We then teach the dogs to communicate and respond using left brained technology to make them dynamically intelligent.

The dog’s nose:
• It is a fact that 75 to 80 percent of the information dogs assimilate, they receive through their nose.
• The nose is by far their primary source of understanding. Dogs can smell body smells with far greater accuracy than we are capable.
• When a dog smells your scent, they are actually downloading to their brain a complete, comprehensive, battery of information about you and your personality. This supplies them with personal information about you that is significant and incredible.
• A dog uses their eyes as radar, and their nose for all the particulars. You could say that dogs see through their nose, because they use their nose like a human uses our eyes.

The dog’s brain:
• Dogs can be up to 100 times as sensitive to the electro-magnetic energy in and around us as we are.
• A dog has the ability to become sensitive to the energy your brain is creating up to great distances from you.
• Because dogs operate from a “right-brained” perspective, dogs respond to the energy you produce as a primary source of understanding.

As Dog Wish trainers put their dogs through conditioning that enhances their abilities to use these tools and mental features, they begin to respond to their handler’s brainwaves, and body smells, detecting when they are abnormal, and responding byTIMNCOLBY 28 learning to alert to abnormal, or dangerous smells and energies that they detect, sometimes hours before a Seizure event happens.

• This gives the recipient time to seek medical attention, and potentially resolve the situation before it occurs.
• Many of our clients actually claim that the amount and severity of their problems have greatly diminished and in some cases resolved, since receiving and handling our K9s.
• They have been able to cut down and stop using many of the medications that have produced problems with them, at the same time.

I have now been able to use this conditioning with my Service Dogs to work with a wide spectrum of mental/emotional disorders, disabilities, and developmental disabilities in both children and adults with tremendous success, because through the conditioning experience, what the client actually learns is how to work with and control their own mentality and body functioning.

Dog Wish Passed the Test!
During this time we were contacted by the late Doctor David Kelso, (a leading National Medical Administrator over several Mental Hospitals and Facilities, Director of several Hospital Neural Surgery Departments, and the Vice President of the Wyoming American Red Cross). Dave was a National Director of the FEMA Search and Rescue work in Northwest America. He needed a new dog he had purchased, to be trained for Search and Rescue.

We trained his dog, Casper, and he became the world’s first Certified Akita for Search and Rescue work. Dave took him home, and the dog quickly gained a reputation for doing searches that no other search dog was capable of doing. Dave called and spoke with to find out why.

After explaining how we able to train our dogs to tune into electro-magnetic energies from the people the dogs were trained to find, Dr. Kelso flew out and spent a week training dogs with us. Dave then had us train three other certified K9s for him, which he then used for 2 years, doing Search and Rescue and Police K9 and Service Dog work. Based on the performance of the dogs we had trained, he confirmed our findings, and coined the phrase, “brainwave sensitive”, to describe Dog Wish Service Dogs, meaning that he had proven the dogs were detecting the brain waves in mentally ill clients, Search & Rescue Disaster clients, and many others he used for training and testing.

The Service Dogs Dr. Kelso received from Dog Wish did what he considered amazing things that other search dogs could not do. His dogs found a company caught in a blizzard, 8 miles into the mountains, at 3am, in -30 degree weather, when no CASPER 5other dogs were able to even find their scent trail. Dave’s dogs went right to them. Along with other things, they also found a home with 4 children who were kidnapped from different States, just by walking within three blocks of them.
Dave believed that, “what Dog Wish does through their training gave my Service Dogs the incredible edge they needed to do these things. I’ve trained at the top 6 Police K9 training facilities in America, and Dog Wish easily topped them all.”

Our Seizure Alert K9 program has become a tremendous success.

In 2006 dogs we trained were honored by the:
Delta Society – Therapy dog of the Year for 2006
American Red Cross – Search & Rescue K9 of the Year
the Journal of Longevity -“Humanitarian of the Year” (for our work with the Disabled Community in America)
In 2009 we were honored as Make-A-Wish Foundation Vender of the Year 2009.
In 2013 we were honored by an Interstate Public School contest, and three National Organizations, as AMERICA’S TOP CHARITY!

• We believe that our training is a life and death concern for the dogs we train, and their handlers.
• We deal with increasing the quality of life for everyone we come in contact with.
• We know that if we don’t do the job, the consequences will be devastating.
• This is especially true for those afflicted with seizures, and like conditions.
• There is hardly a week that goes by now, that some Dog Wish Service Dog doesn’t pre-alert, and help someone from having a major Seizure event.bobnsheps

For more information, please call us directly at 760-662-3767. Thank You.

Bob Taylor, President
The DOG WISH

 

 

 

 

SERVICE DOGS AND ENERGY, by Bob Taylor & Kerry Davidson

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In our world today, one in ten people suffer from acute anxiety and trauma that has altered their life. One in four people are on medications for anxiety. One in six people are disabled to the point that they can no longer function normally.BOBNBUSTER
In our world today we have exchanged human interaction for the cold impersonal technological interaction. The growing population of people with Neurological Disabilities have found a tremendous attraction to this new technological advanced world. They are creating a new lifestyle using the technologies of their computers, phones, tables, and other devises. Some of these people have literally retreated from the real world and into an artificial one. More and more families are using technological devises to entertain their children instead of human interaction. Our children have become addicted to their electric toys, which exposes them to electro-magnetic energies daily. It has become easier and/or safer to live in an imaginary world rather than in the real one.

The point is our world is being bombarded by massive amounts of electro-magnetic energies. Could this be one of the reasons why Neurological disabilities are on the rise?
In the past couple of years, research teams from the top Universities in the county have been studying the effects of electro-magnetic energies on the brain. Researchers are finding the electro-magnetic energies are disrupting the connections between the Purkinje Axiom and brain cells. (This simply means the brain cell can’t transfer information to the Purkinje Axiom cells correctly.) When the Purkinje Axiom become more and more compromised, the brain loses its left side functionality.
People affected with Neurological disorders from Autism to Seizures, have switched from using left side of their brain to the right side, thus causing an imbalance in their brain. For these people the right side of the brain takes over and simulates the functions that the left side of the brain would normally control. People with one of these disorders have an extremely difficult time communicating socially, and having relationships with other people. They have found comfort and solace in the world of technology.  People with a Neurological disorder need to find a way to balance the brain again. Somehow refocus the brain.  That’s what a Dog Wish dog does.

At Dog Wish we believe in the natural flow of energy that connects us and heals us, as we use it.
Unfortunately, too many people freak out when you discuss the natural flow of energy around them. They believe you are talking about something unnatural, weird, or supernatural but we’re not.
The ability to reach out and connect with the energy in another living being, like a trained Psychiatric Service Dog, has become a phenomenal experience that many people claim is literally transforming and saving their lives.HEAVEN
We train our dogs to connect, to become sensitive to the energy in the handler/trainer’s body. For instance, many of our clients come here and think we have simply trained the dog to be more attentive to them and in a way we have.
As a young dog trainer, I became interested in the relationships between dogs and humans. A phenomenon that has fascinated me now for over forty years. As I continued to research and study this phenomenon, I realize it is possible to transfer energy from dogs to humans and humans to dogs. I began to strategized, designed, and created methods for teaching dogs to expand their sensory abilities from 2 to 5 times what they normally would be. Dogs normally switch from one thing to another every couple of seconds. I teach the dogs to stay focused on a single subject for several minutes at a time. Over the next twenty-one days this behavior becomes solidified part of the dog’s thought process, which expands their sensory process. This makes them use all of their sensory abilities to understand what they have experienced.
This method actually causes the dog to ‘get out’ of themselves, and transfer their attention to their handler/trainer. The dogs learned to use their senses to focus on our energies using verbal and non-verbal commands and then with hand signals.
How does this work?

LEARNING TO HARNESS AND USE ENERGY

All living beings are comprised of energy, becoming sensitive to the energy around us can be very healing and therapeutic. Basically, I have learned how to focus, expand, and use the sensory processes in dogs. By doing this I can greatly increase their sensitivity and ability to respond to the energies their handler put out. Dogs naturally use their right brain processes. This does not mean I’m raising the intelligence of the dogs, only teaching them how to use their intelligence in ways that we as human can connect with.  By using what we call, ‘the intention process’, we can predict and focus a dog’s thoughts and behaviors as we need or desire. In doing so, we can actually attack mental/emotional problems that the dog’s handler has sima n buddyendured throughout their lives. We have for years witnessed, ‘break-through’, experiences with our dogs and their new handlers because of this.
At Dog Wish, we do not assign one trainer to any specific dog. Every dog is trained by all our trainers making the dog focus on performance. Why? The object of our training is for the dog to bond with its handler not with the trainer and every dog is different. Each dog responds to our training and conditioning in different ways. Instead of trying to force a dog to conform to our desires, we help each dog to use our training to its own best advantage. We have found that it is best to allow each dog to express their own personality, and to support them as they incorporate our training for their own personal development.

Our training and conditioning is based on a ‘team training’ philosophy. We do not employ dominance or force in our training. We also use a ‘pure’ instruction philosophy that excludes punishment or negativity in our training. We believe in the dog’s ability to make correct decisions on its’ own. Concepts like a ‘self-image’, mental ‘strategies’, and complex ‘decision-making’ are only capable in our training because of the way we have conditioned these abilities in our dogs.
As a result of the energy work we do with each dog, we have for years been able to actually pair dog/handler teams together, synchronize them mentally, emotionally, and physically. Creating a unified working team. Every team experiences the results of this training according to their own personal ability to incorporate our training into their lives.
Energy and Autism, Duke and Caleb

CALEB & DUKE

Two years ago, a family brought their son to meet me. He had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and needed a service dog. As many families before them, they had no idea what was going to happen when they got here. They didn’t have a clue what Caleb’s response would be to meeting a service dog.  Caleb was a large, awkward 15 year old, rather quiet and introverted who sat behind his family. He very carefully looked around our facility. When addressed, he withdrew to a comfortable distance emotionally, and responded with a minimum answer. I explained the process we use to match our dogs with handlers. It’s a very Caleb & Duke101cut and dry, non-stress process.
Although Caleb was silent and appeared to be lost in his private world. He was saying so many things to me that it was hard to speak with his family. His needs, desires, frustrations, and hopes were screaming at me. Suddenly, while speaking with his family, in my mind I made a connection. The energy I was feeling from Caleb, and the energy I felt from Duke seemed to be the same. I decided to introduce the family to Duke.
Duke is a large yellow lab and is very unusual. Duke went through our training ‘untouched’. He did what we wanted him to do. He performed as trained, and gave us what was needed to make us happy. Often it seemed like he didn’t care. He went just so far in training, and if we pushed for more. He would shut down. He was not capable of handling the stress of the situation. I felt sorry for him, but I motivate him. He just wouldn’t let anyone couldn’t get close enough to him.
Duke came out and performed beautifully. He was nice to watch, and showed the family what they wanted to see. I brought Duke over, and sat him next to Caleb. Caleb looked at him, not knowing what to do. I gave him the leash and sat down.
“Take him out,” I said to Caleb.
Caleb took Duke for a walk around the house and then around the property. Fifteen minutes later Caleb came back, and began petting Duke. After a while, Caleb’s father told me they would go home, discuss the dog, and call me later. As the family got ready to leave. Caleb just sat there petting Duke.

Finally, he said, “No.”
Everyone stopped and looked at him.
“Caleb,” his father started but the boy interrupted him.
“This is my dog and I’m not leaving without him. I don’t want to live without him,” Caleb stated looking at his father.
It was the most powerful declaration of Caleb’s life. His parents looked at me like I had ‘put a spell’ on him.
“Bob, what’s happening?” They asked me.
So I explained. Caleb and Duke had made a connection. They had connected with each other on a mental/emotional level. The connection between Caleb and Duke was so special, it changed both of their lives that day. This psychological phenomenon is known as ‘bonding’.

Caleb’s family follow through for him and bought Duke. The next week Caleb came back for training. I had set him up on a four week training program to learn how to handle Duke. Because of the bond they shared, their ability to communicate was so strong that it was like they could feel and understand what each other were thinking.

DOGS AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

I have found that many individuals affected with developmental disabilities, (who use the right side of their brains more to function on a normal basis), have a stronger potential, a more usable connection with dogs. In Caleb’s case, his ability tobobby up connect and communicate with Duke, using his right brain was very pronounced. Caleb and Duke actually used their brains at the same speed and electro-psychic rate of energy transference. We spend a lot of time teaching our clients how to produce this phenomenon, but Caleb and Duke were naturals. The more they were together, the more they became identical. It was like the two became linked as one.
Caleb’s father shared with me once, while he was watching TV one evening, Caleb walked into the living room and looked at him before stating, “Dad the dark days are over.”
What Caleb was saying was, all the pain he felt was over. He had lived ‘alone’, untouched, misunderstood, and hurting. Simply because he was different and no one could comprehended what he was going through. Now, because of Duke, he has someone who does understand him, and is able to communicate with him.
Today, Duke accompanies Caleb to school full-time, and is his constant companion. Caleb has experienced two traumatic life changes, and Duke was right beside him through each one.
Using Energy to Understand a Dementia Client

ENERGY INFUSION

In this case, my client has dementia, and as we worked together, I realized she was much further along than I had been initially told. Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client’s needs, ‘on the spot’, which happens to us a lot.

The dog tuned into the client and instantly understood what the client needed, (because of the training we put into the dog), and the dog started working with her. Within a couple of hours, they were working without a leash and without much instruction from me or my staff. By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to the client’s panic attacks and helping the client settle down. The dog was working on a higher level and was telling us when the client was having problems. What the dog was doing was extremely critical for the client and the client in return, started responding to the dog. It became very obvious the dog and the client were a working team.
This sudden bonding doesn’t happen with every client. Sometimes we work with a client, (be it Autism, PTSD, Dementia, or one of the other neurological disorders), it can take several training sessions and in some cases, weeks, to achieve this level FLUFNNO2of bonding.

However, in order to achieve these results, it takes a mutual bonding between the handler, and the dog. Therefore, we insist that the family and handler take the time to learn how to work their dog. By working the dog regularly, the bond between the client, their family, and the dog, strengthens and a dynamic working team is achieved.
Expecting the dog to automatically perform without learning how to handle the dog, is completely unfair to the dog. If this is what you want, a standardly trained, (cookie cutter) dog, don’t be upset when your dog turns out to be just another pet. Our training is natural and completely benefits, the dog and the handler.

If my computer died tonight, I would replace it as soon as possible. However, if my dog died tonight, I would be absolutely devastated. My dogs are alive, full of energy, dynamic, and real. Through them, and the energy we share, they make my life meaningful, and worth living.

If you would like this in your life, give us a call and let us see what we can do for you and your family.

Bob Taylor, http://www.dogwish.org, bob@dogwish.org, 760-662-3767

WHAT IS AN AUTISM SERVICE DOG, by Bob Taylor

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The following is an unedited Letter from a client we placed a Service Dog with earlier this year.THE COWBOY

Daniel is my son and he has Autism, SPD, DPD and ADHD. Daniel’s processing disorder makes it very hard for him to go to a lot of public places. It has been a journey. A wonderful journey. For 7 years, my son would only use one bathroom, his! He wouldn’t even use the one in my bedroom. We had to take a couple trips and it was just awful for him. We would have to take him outside and find a place that was quiet for him to do his duty. If we had appointments, we had to schedule around when he would need to go potty. Daniel wasn’t able to talk until he was almost 7! He would cry if we tried to get him into a bathroom! We tried to make appointments very close to home so that if we had to take him home, it wouldn’t be too far!

Noises, oh, every noise would just set him into a whirlwind. We don’t realize how many noises go on around us constantly. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder do! We bough him some headphones that they use at shooting ranges to help block out some of the noise. He can hear a train miles away and we have to listen very hard to try to hear it. If a bathroom vent is on, he will get a headache.

We had to take a trip to Florida in November. One of our older sons was getting married. I was very, very nervous about the trip! I knew that flying would be really hard on Daniel! It was! But, something magical happened on that trip that changed our lives and gave Daniel a miracle that we would have never expected!

We were very delayed at the airport and Daniel had his headphones on. He had tears streaming down his face. He had to go to the bathroom. We went in and Daniel had a panic attack. He started to bolt for the door! There was a lady standing by the door with a service dog. She asked Daniel to come over to pet him. Daniel loves animals!!! She explained to me that the dog was in training as an Autism dog! We had NO idea that Autism service dogs even existed! The lady and the dog walked with us toward the stall and Daniel went in and used the bathroom!!! What an exciting, wonderful miracle that dog was!

We stayed in Florida for a week and Daniel used the bathroom at the cottage!!! We were in total shock! How could that dog get Daniel to do something that we had been trying to get him to do for years? The day that we got home, I started researching everything that I could about Autism service dogs! I called so many. I asked a lot of questions. I finally found Dog Wish!!! I talked to Bob for at least an hour if not two! I had read his website and when I talked to him, I just knew that we had found the right guy to bring a miracle to Daniel!

Daniel was matched up with a German Shepherd named Cowboy! I didn’t know much about German Shepherds, I was always a poodle girl! I talked to Bob often and he was so great about talking me through the entire process. I would call him if Daniel was having anxiety about something and Bob always had wonderful advice!

In April Daniel and I flew out to California to finally meet Cowboy, Bob, Kerry, Matt and Micaela! Daniel and I just fell in love with the team!!! We felt at home, we felt like we were part of the family!

When we drove up the driveway, I saw Cowboy lounging in the grass and I couldn’t park the car fast enough!!! I looked into his eyes and I was madly, head over heels in love with him already! He was my son’s miracle!!! We worked with Bob and his DSCN1621team to learn how to handle him and it was one of the greatest experiences!!! It was Easter weekend and Daniel and I would be away from our family. I had planned to have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with Daniel at the motel. Kerry asked if we would join them for dinner! It was awesome!

We have a rather large family! We have 5 sons that are 25-32 and our son that is 7 and our daughter is 6. We also have 5 grandsons!

Daniel’s world changed the day that he met Cowboy! He hasn’t had a meltdown!!! He gets frustrated, but, he handles it now! He uses public bathrooms, we can go see a movie, we can go to Jump Zone! We can go anywhere now!!!

Shortly after we came home, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and a very rare blood disease. It was devastating. Cowboy watches over him and makes sure that he is ok! The day that I had a breakdown and everything had hit me, I went outside and Cowboy came outside with me. I sat down beside the pool and cried my eyes out. Cowboy laid right beside me and he would put his paw on me to reassure me! I was exhausted, I hadn’t slept in a few days. I just laid down and Cowboy got under me and was my pillow. I fell asleep for a little while and Cowboy stayed right under me. He wasn’t going to move a muscle until he knew I was alright! What a buddy!!!

When Cowboy isn’t working, he is my Goober!!! He is so funny! He thinks he is a lap dog! He runs and fetches tennis balls and he loves squeaky toys!

Cowboy distracts Daniel from noises! Daniel hasn’t worn his headphones since Cowboy came home! Cowboy will distract Daniel when he is getting frustrated or upset! Cowboy helps Daniel to concentrate on his schoolwork! Cowboy knows when HEAVENanyone in the house needs them! He is the most amazing, funny, smart, wonderful dog in the world!

The timing was amazing! Cowboy has helped all of us! I don’t think Daniel could have handled his Daddy being so sick without having his Cowboy right beside him! We take my husband to radiation every day and it would have been a meltdown every day if we didn’t have Cowboy!

What is a service dog for Autism? A service dog for Autism is a miracle!!!

For more information, call 760-662-3767, or email bob@dogwish.org

 

ANXIETY SERVICE DOGS, by Bob Taylor & Kerry Davidson

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Service Dogs Resolve IssuesBOBNBUSTER
with P.T.S.D., Anxiety, and Depression

According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, “Each year suicide claims approximately 30,000 lives in America, which makes it responsible for slightly more than 1 percent of deaths in the United States.”
According to the American Center for Suicide Prevention, in 2011 (the most available data), 39,518 suicides were reported. In 2011, someone died by suicide every 13.3 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans.
According to the Veteran’s Administration, each day in America, 11 veterans with P.T.S.D. take their lives.
Claire Mokrysz, a PhD student in the field of Mental Health at the University College London. Claire holds degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Neuropsychology. She has a broad interest in field of mental health. Claire recently posted her results from a study on suicide in 2013. She ran 42 studies which included analyzing and reporting on people who committed suicide due to Anxiety related mental states of consciousness. She had a total of 309,974 people, roughly 1689 people in each case. She found that, “Up to 75 percent of all people with depression, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses who attempt or complete suicide also are diagnosed with one or more of the Anxiety Disorders.”
Recently the USA Veterans Administration, ignoring that 11 Veterans are taking their lives every day, dropped their P.T.S.D. Service Dog program. Dog Wish has partnered with Operation I.V. to provide Psychiatric Service Dogs for Vets in Southern California.
We consider Anxiety to be a major social concern.
1 out of 20 people are disabled and barely surviving the horrors of their lives. 1 out of 10 people have completely altered their lives and lifestyles trying to compensate for the pain they are in. 1 out of 5 people are so overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. They usually end up taking several different kinds of prescriptions to help them deal with the issues in their lives.

Dog Wish Offers a Superior Alternative

To these people, a Dog Wish Service Dog can be a necessity because:

1. Our Service Dogs are trained to counter-balance the manic behaviors produced by the brains hypothalamus. The very presence of one of our dogs can stop the brain from producing one of these unwanted experiences.KERRYPUP3

2. Service Dogs become their handler’s personal source of empowerment, giving them much needed strength. The dog gives them confidence, and makes them feel able to deal with their issues.

3. Because of the way we train and enhance our dogs, sometimes the very presence of our dogs gives them the ability to relax, to stop feeling stressed, anxious, and helps provide them an emotional balance that they have never had before.

4. Beyond emotional support, our Psychiatric Service Dogs are trained to detect alert, and respond to their needs. The dogs perform specific tasks helping their handlers to rise above their mental and emotional disabilities. Allowing the handler to think more clearly, to act free from stress, anxiety, and their inner pain.

5. Through our dogs, we help people to let go of mental/emotional dilemmas and to learn to control how their brain’s function. Within a short matter of time, with the empowerment and functioning enabling presence of their Service Dog, my clients are taking their lives back.

As a result of our methods, the Dog Wish Service Dog program for anxiety and PTSD, has been able to help hundreds of people reclaim their lives.
It Works! The following are stories are of our dogs and their handler’s stories. These stories demonstrate how our program works.

MATT & BOWSER
When we meet Matt, he hadn’t left his home alone in over 12 years. His trips outside the home were become more and more infrequent, and each trip left him more and more traumatized. His PTSD was progressing more each week, feeding on MATT N BOWSERhis inability to fight it. He would sleep in late, sit alone frustrated, and depressed blaming himself for not being able to shake the feelings that had and were holding him in bondage for the past 15 years. After several Psychologists, therapists, a host of new medication programs, and every type of therapy known to man, he believed his life hopeless.
A Dog Wish, Service Dog was his last and final attempt to save his life.
He arrived at the facility exhausted and scared. After a quick greeting, I walked him out to meet his dog, Bowser.
Matt’s Service Dog was a very peculiar dog that didn’t really enjoy meeting strangers. He would bark at people he felt negative energy from. He was strong, focused, and opinionated. He was exactly what Matt requested and needed.
Matt was somewhat scared about how this unknown dog might react to him. I explained to him, we had been tracking Bowser for the past three months using the scented items Matt had given us. I also told him, Bowser had learned to work with the trainers but Bowser knew they weren’t his owner. I also told him to relax, we had done everything we could do to prepare this dog for him and he loves you.
I opened the kennel door and Bowser, a beautiful black lab mix, walked out and smelled the air. He recognized Matt immediately and went right up to him. Matt sat down in the dirt and started patting Bowser, with tears running down his cheeks.
Over the next week, my staff and I watched Matt and Bowser. It was very evident that all the hard work, all the training had worked. Matt and Bowser were a working service team.
The first time we went to a store, I didn’t know if we were going to make it out. Matt was disoriented, sweating profusely, and almost passed out. He was shaking so badly he could hardly move, and stuttered when someone spoke to him. It took four hours for him to relax. Finally, he told me, “Every time I felt anxiety, my Service Dog pushed himself into my leg, and would lick my hand.”
I nodded with a smile and replied, “That’s what he is supposed to do.”
We went to dinner at a large Mexican restaurant. While at dinner, the waiter and a man at the table next to us, started to play fight. They were right next to Matt. Bowser, fearing for owner, stood up and barked. He scared the bejabbers out of the waiter, who took off, and ran down the aisle. We had to explain to the manager that this particular dog was trained to protect his owner without hurting anyone. The waiter came back and was able to pet the dog, but something changed inside Matt. He was different; you could see it visibly on his face.
“Matt, are you ok?” I asked.
Matt looked at me and began to smile, “For the first time in 15 years, I’m great!” He stated with flashing eyes.
Bowser had been trained to help Matt feel safe, to relax, to lose his anxiety, and he had just done that. Matt took him for walks around the hotel at night from then on, and one night the dog stopped a criminal. The man was hiding in bushes waiting to rob someone. Though, Bowser barked at the man, he never tried to hurt him. Bowser stayed right by Matt’s side, ready to do his job.
Four days later we went back to the busy store and walked around. We stayed there for over an hour. We spoke with everyone we encountered and Matt had no reaction at all. He didn’t feel the overwhelming anxiety. He didn’t break out in a cold sweat, or stuttered when someone spoke to him. He felt great. Mission accomplished!
Matt went home, and started calling me daily. His wife, kids, and parents fell in love with Bowser and vice versa. He now drives all over town, goes to the store by himself whenever he wants to, and was ready to go back to work fulltime.
Recently Mathew wrote: “Dog Wish, thank you so much for my wonderful Service Dog, Bowser. It has been a little over a year since you have blessed my life with his positive changing presence. My health has improved so much that I am in longer need of some medications, and weekly visits by a home health care nurse. We have become a source of information for people wondering about Service Dogs, what they do, how they work, and the laws pertaining to them. He has not only helped me but I know he will help others by being an ambassador service dog for my future clients when I finally become a psychologist.”
This is what you call a real transformation, one of over FIFTY in the last year for Dog Wish.

A good Psychiatric Service Dog can walk into a room, smell the smells, feel the energies, detect the problems, alert, and respond without a single command.
Rick & Sam
Recently, a Dog Wish Service Dog recipient told me after only one week with his dog.BOBNRICK
“I can’t believe how I am being affected. I’m sleeping, don’t feel anxiety or irritability, and I feel like my head is clear. Usually I walk around in a fog I can’t get rid of it, but since my dog, it’s like somebody rinsed out my brain. I used to feel a gripping fear, all the time, but not now. When I went to the store I would hold onto a grocery cart, and walk right next to my wife. The further we went, the worse the oppressing anxiety became, until I just could not stand it anymore, and we would leave. Now, I don’t need the cart, I don’t need her, I can walk all over by myself, and I feel great! I realize you told me how this was going to work before, but I until I experienced it for myself I couldn’t understand or believe it. Now I know what you meant.”
After 2 weeks with his dog, he replied to friends on Facebook:
“Phyllis June (wife), Sam (dog), and I were in a store yesterday. The normal ‘hold on to the cart’ like I do, no longer happens. I have Sam by my side and he does exactly what he is supposed to do – relieve stress and anxiety. I can’t explain it, only to say it’s gone. He walks so close to me his shoulder rubs my leg. It’s his way of saying, “I’m here, and it’s all going to be ok”. The most amazing thing is when we leave, I tell him to find car, there are certain words we use, but the thing is he tracks right to our car, or jeep. Never fails.
22 months later this family still can’t believe what this Dog Wish Service Dog is doing for them.

I have encountered several people who are “plagued” with anxiety caused by their attempts to live in environments that actively abuse them. Sensitive people can become victims to energies that are attracted to them. Environments that can stimulate their minds to produce feelings that cause them fear, frustration, and anger. All of which are dangerous and debilitating to them. 1 out of 4 people in our world are fighting for control of their brains, and need help.

Sima and Bubby
Sima is a charming, beautiful young woman, who flew to us in a last ditch effort to get help with her devastating PTSD. She had been through 3 different professional Institutions where the professionals tried to help her with little to no success. She had seen numerous Psychiatrists and Therapists, been through all the procedures, tried desperately to do everything possible to deal with her problems, but nothing worked. She was paralyzed with nightmare experiences every single night, leaving her “scared to death”, curled up in the corner of her bedroom, crying. She felt such pain that she had tried overdosing. Nobody could help her, and her life was a living HELL.sima n buddy

She flew out to Dog Wish, out of her mind in terror and pain. She sat huddled, not speaking, and she won’t look at anyone. She just stared into space. I watched her for a couple of minutes before I asked a staff member to bring in Buddy, a 16 month old male, red and black medium sized German Shepherd. We had finished training him but we hadn’t found the right home for him yet.
We work with synergistic energies, and as Buddy approached, his energy and Sima’s energy matched, exactly. Sima looked up as Buddy came into the room and without a word he laid his head in her lap. He licked her face, and climbed up into her lap. After a few minutes, I gave her the leash and told her to take him for a walk. She did.
Sima stayed at my house during her training, because I wanted to make sure she would be okay. In fact, since Buddy, she hasn’t had another traumatic episode of nightmarish horror. Sima trained with us, like Mathew did, and went home. Two days later she went to a wedding, then to a graduation, and then a family reunion. That was eight months ago, and Sima has not regressed. Her doctors have cut her meds to their lowest levels. Sima is reclaiming her life. Buddy has made all the difference in her world.

Sima tells her story.
“Before Buddy every single day was a struggle. Every morning I would fight with myself over whether it was worth it to get out of bed, and even the days I did get up were spent counting down the hours until I could crawl back in. My PTSD had complete control of my life. I would dread sleep because sleep meant nightmares and nightmares meant ripped sheets, waking up with scratches and bruises, and an approximate average of 3 hours of sleep a night. Leaving the house never felt safe so I slowly isolated myself from everyone and everything. I jumped at loud noises or a simple tap on the shoulder from behind. I became agoraphobic and stopped going to the most basic places because my anxiety would debilitate me. Even the simplest tasks required all the energy I had.
I was prescribed more medications than I can count and tried almost every different kind of therapy recommended for PTSD. Some helped minutely, some helped temporarily, and some just made the urge to be curled up in a ball in my apartment intensify.
Then I called Bob Taylor at Dog Wish about getting a service dog. Bob listened to everything I had to say. He listened to my symptoms, the therapies I had already tried, and about my hope for many years for a “magic fix”. Bob sent me lots of information about service dogs, especially service dogs for PTSD. He told me he was going to help me in any way he could, and he really did follow through with everything. He didn’t make me wait weeks or months to come out to Dog Wish, he just simply said “come on out”, so I went.
I was terrified flying out to California. Even though I trusted Bob I was afraid this was just going to be another failed attempt to “fix” my PTSD. I was scared I wouldn’t find a dog, or that they would all be able to tell that having a dog come everywhere with me for the next substantial portion of my life wasn’t exactly something I was thrilled about. I wanted my life back so badly but the thought of something else failing was horrifying. I got to Dog Wish and I was shaking stepping out of the rental car but was very quickly enveloped in a huge hug from Bob who could so easily see how nervous/anxious/terrified I was. And then he started bringing out dogs to meet me. I had requested a female so first he brought out a female shepherd; she was beautiful but had zero interest in me. Then Bob asked if I was willing to try a male because he had an idea for a dog for me. I agreed and out came Buddy. He sniffed at me for about 3 seconds before resting his head on my lap and looking up at me with his beautiful golden eyes. And it was magic. I was hesitant to say that Buddy was the dog I was going to take home without working with him, but I knew it, and Bob knew it, and Buddy knew it too.
I worked with Bob, the other handlers, and the veterinarian on staff. Everybody was patient and kind and never rushed me. It was overwhelming but at the same time all I wanted to do was learn more, train more, and spend more time with Buddy. Bob took the pair of us everywhere. We went to Costco, the supermarket, the bank, restaurants; places I had been avoiding for years. Buddy could sense my anxiety and walked right alongside me, brushing my leg with his body, telling me I didn’t have to be afraid, he was right there. I slept through the night for the first time in many months. Buddy slept next to me, waking me by licking my hand or face when I started getting anxious. I was nightmare free for the first time in years. It had been so long that I had forgotten what a good night’s rest can do for a person. It was a wonderful few days, learning, training, and stepping way out of what had become my very small comfort zone.
A few days later it was time to bring Buddy home. Again I was nervous. What if Buddy only cooperated when the other handlers were around? What if he didn’t behave for me in the airport? What if the airline gave me issues about bringing Buddy home on the plane? Bob reassured me endlessly that we’d have no problem and he was absolutely right. Buddy was excellent in the airport and on both connecting flights back to New York. We got home and Buddy continued to be everything I had hoped he would be.
We started slow but it didn’t take long before I enjoyed leaving the house again. I started working more hours from the office and less from home. I started going out with my friends again. My therapist was amazed at how Buddy had truly given SIMA & FRIENDSme my life back. My father apologized to me that he hadn’t known about service dogs for PTSD earlier because all of the sudden I was myself again. Not the girl who was terrified to leave her apartment but the old me who wanted to live life, do the things I love, and be happy.
Life with Buddy was a big adjustment from my life before but every part of it was worth it. Pretty soon I had moved out of my old apartment in a neighborhood I didn’t want to be in and had moved down to the beach to an apartment with a backyard for Buddy and just steps away from the beach (which I thought was for me until I found out how much Buddy loved it too). Now it’s our daily ritual to either walk on the beach or boardwalk before heading to work.
Pretty soon the anxiety that used to be constantly building was simply gone. The supermarket wasn’t scary anymore because I knew Buddy was always going to be coming with me. Running errands became easy. We spend time with my family, we spend time with my friends, and everybody just loves him. I’ve taken him to work, the gym, restaurants, bars, family celebrations. We’ve gone hiking, to concerts, to movies, to museums. Endless lists of places I wouldn’t have gone without him and now get to experience again without triggering a panic attack.
I may still have PTSD, and I may still have occasional bad days, but every day with Buddy is another adventure. We have hiccups every now and again but for the most part I just keep learning more and more from him. I will never be able to thank anyone properly for the wonderful ways Buddy has changed my life; Bob and everyone at Dog Wish for training Buddy to be MY dog, my parents for the greatest gift I will ever get in my entire life, my siblings and extended family for accepting Buddy into their lives as well, my friends for not only not caring about Buddy tagging along but truly being enthusiastic about it, the new neighbors who reached out and ran down to check if I was okay when Buddy started barking at a cat outside (“I thought something was wrong because he NEVER barks!!”).
Buddy is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. He was and is my “magic fix”. Buddy gave me my life back. He rescues me from the thoughts and flashbacks in my head. He saves me from the anxious trains of thoughts that used to be endlessly racing through my mind. He protects me when I feel vulnerable; he stays by my side when I feel strong. I couldn’t have asked for more, I’ve already gotten more than I imagined was possible.
Buddy has given me back the life I love. Going to Dog Wish was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

I don’t think it is an overstatement to say that people suffering from anxiety and PTSD, can learn to control and refocus their brains with a Service Dog. By working with the dog they can control the behaviors that cause them anxiety. They can DSCN1620learn rejoin the world around them.
DOG WISH WOULD LIKE TO HELP YOU.
If you have comments, questions, and personal concerns, call:

Bob Taylor, at 760-662-3767, or write US at bob@dogwish.org

P.T.S.D PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS

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Dog Wish is experiencing unparalleled success with our PTSD Service Dog program. This past year on a monthly and weekly basis, one of our dogs made the difference for somebody’s life.OP I.V.
At the same time the Veteran’s Administration has now STOPPED its P.T.S.D., Service Dog program, claiming it a failure. This is probably for the best, as this type of training should be left to top qualified, true professional, with strong education and experience.  Dog Wish has recently partnered with Operation: I. V. to train Psychiatric P.T.S.D. Service Dogs for Veterans throughout Southern California. If you are a So. Cal. Vet with P.T.S.D. contact this organization, at http://www.operationiv.org. See you soon.
Some Client Responses
Dog Wish, thank you so much for my wonderful Service Dog, Bowser. It has been a little over a year since you have blessed my life with his positive changing presence. My health has improved so much that I am in longer need of some BOWSER 100medications, and weekly visits by a home health care nurse. We have become a source of information for people wondering about Service Dogs, what they do, how they work, and the laws pertaining to them. He has not only helped me but I know he will help by being a ambassador service dog for my future clients when I finally become a psychologist. Mathew White 7-6-14
From: Sima, (unedited) 7-2-14
Before Buddy every single day was a struggle. Every morning I would fight with myself over whether it was worth it to get out of bed, and even the days I did get up were spent counting down the hours until I could crawl back in. My PTSD had complete control of my life. I would dread sleep because sleep meant nightmares and nightmares meant ripped sheets, waking up with scratches and bruises, and an approximate average of 3 hours of sleep a night. Leaving the house never felt safe so I slowly isolated myself from everyone and everything. I jumped at loud noises or a simple tap on the shoulder from behind. I became agoraphobic and stopped going to the most basic places because my anxiety would debilitate me. Even the simplest tasks required all the energy I had.

I was prescribed more medications than I can count and tried almost every different kind of therapy recommended for PTSD. Some helped minutely, some helped temporarily, and some just sima n buddymade the urge to be curled up in a ball in my apartment intensify.
Then I called Bob Taylor at DogWish about getting a service dog. Bob listened to everything I had to say. He listened to my symptoms, the therapies I had already tried, and about my hope for many years for a “magic fix”. Bob sent me lots of information about service dogs, especially service dogs for PTSD. He told me he was going to help me in any way he could, and he really did follow through with everything. He didn’t make me wait weeks or months to come out to DogWish, he just simply said “come on out”, so I went.

I was terrified flying out to California. Even though I trusted Bob I was afraid this was just going to be another failed attempt to “fix” my PTSD. I was scared I wouldn’t find a dog, or that they would all be able to tell that having a dog come everywhere with me for the next substantial portion of my life wasn’t exactly something I was thrilled about. I wanted my life back so badly but the thought of something else failing was horrifying. I got to DogWish and I was shaking stepping out of the rental car but was very quickly enveloped in a huge hug from Bob who could so easily see how nervous/anxious/terrified I was. And then he started bringing out dogs to meet me. I had requested a female so first he brought out a female shepherd, she was beautiful but had zero interest in me. Then Bob asked if I was willing to try a male because he had an idea for a dog for me. I agreed and out came Buddy. He sniffed at me for about 3 seconds before resting his head on my lap and looking up at me with his beautiful golden eyes. And it was magic. I was hesitant to say that Buddy was the dog I was going to take home without working with him, but I knew it, and Bob knew it, and Buddy knew it too.

I worked with Bob, the other handlers, the veterinarian on staff. Everybody was patient and kind and never rushed me. It was overwhelming but at the same time all I wanted to do was learn more, train more, and spend more time with Buddy. Bob took the pair of us everywhere. We went to Costco, the supermarket, the bank, restaurants; places I had been avoiding for years. Buddy could sense my anxiety and walked right alongside me, brushing my leg with his body, telling me I didn’t have to be afraid, he was right there. I slept through the night for the first time in many months. Buddy slept next to me, waking me by licking my hand or face when I started getting anxious. I was nightmare free for the first time in years. It had been so long that

I had forgotten what a good night’s rest can do for a person. It was a wonderful few days, learning, training, and stepping way out of what had become my very small comfort zone.
A few days later it was time to bring Buddy home. Again I was nervous. What if Buddy only cooperated when the other handlers were around? What if he didn’t behave for me in the airport? What if the airline gave me issues about bringing Buddy home on the plane? Bob reassured me endlessly that we’d have no problem and he was absolutely right. Buddy was excellent in the airport and on both connecting flights back to New York. We got home and Buddy continued to be everything I had hoped he would be.
We started slow but it didn’t take long before I enjoyed leaving the house again. I started working more hours from the office and less from home. I started going out with my friends again. My therapist was amazed at how Buddy had truly given me my life back. My father apologized to me that he hadn’t known about service dogs for PTSD earlier because all of the sudden I was myself again. Not the girl who was terrified to leave her apartment but the old me who wanted to live life, do the things I love, and be happy.

Life with Buddy was a big adjustment from my life before but every part of it was worth it. Pretty soon I had moved out of my old apartment in a neighborhood I didn’t want to be in and had moved down to the beach to an apartment with a SIMA & FRIENDSbackyard for Buddy and just steps away from the beach (which I thought was for me until I found out how much Buddy loved it too). Now it’s our daily ritual to either walk on the beach or boardwalk before heading to work.
Pretty soon the anxiety that used to be constantly building was simply gone. The supermarket wasn’t scary anymore because I knew Buddy was always going to be coming with me. Running errands became easy. We spend time with my family, we spend time with my friends, and everybody just loves him. I’ve taken him to work, the gym, restaurants, bars, family celebrations. We’ve gone hiking, to concerts, to movies, to museums. Endless lists of places I wouldn’t have gone without him and now get to experience again without triggering a panic attack.

I may still have PTSD, and I may still have occasional bad days, but every day with Buddy is another adventure. We have hiccups every now and again but for the most part I just keep learning more and more from him. I will never be able to thank anyone properly for the wonderful ways Buddy has changed my life; Bob and everyone at Dog Wish for training Buddy to be MY dog, my parents for the greatest gift I will ever get in my entire life, my siblings and extended family for accepting Buddy into their lives as well, my friends for not only not caring about Buddy tagging along but truly being enthusiastic about it, the new neighbors who reached out and ran down to check if I was okay when Buddy started barking at a cat outside (“I thought something was wrong because he NEVER barks!!”).

Buddy is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. He was and is my “magic fix”. Buddy gave me my life back. He rescues me from the thoughts and flashbacks in my head. He saves me from the anxious trains of thoughts that used to be endlessly racing through my mind. He protects me when I feel vulnerable, he stays by my side when I feel strong. I couldn’t have asked for more, I’ve already gotten more than I imagined was possible.

Dog Wish Comprehensive Service Dog Program

The program for Psychiatric Dog Wish Service Dogs is the culmination of 30 years of work and research. Today, Dog Wish provides the best Psychiatric Service Dogs you will find. You won’t find a better resolution for yourself anywhere.

The mental disorder known as PTSD has become a world disability order, affecting more people each day, disabling their ability to function, and robbing them of the ability to live their life.

Living with PTSD to many of us is like living in a trapped existence, struggling for survival against your own mind, powerless to control what your mind feeds you, victimized by your own life experiences. I receive a number of new emails and phone calls each day from people who are suffering from PTSD, extreme panic attacks, and acute anxiety, asking if we train dogs to help those with these neurological disorders. The answer is simply, for 30 years now I have trained dogs for all neurological disabilities and disorders. At Dog Wish we concentrate on the answers to our client’s needs, not the problems they have.

The people who have been and are contacting me, are reaching out to find help for the problems that their doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists, therapists, etc., have not been able to help them find. Most of them have been told that:

• Their particular situation is not resolvable,
• They must live with their dilemma for life, (which gives them great depression).
• So far, I have found that in many cases this is just simply NOT TRUE.

Our Dog Wish Service Dogs have helped every single handler so far. Many of our clients were incapable of resolving their problems without our dogs, but found tremendous relief with them. The following are a few examples of people with problems we have resolved.

Some Examples of PTSD Experiences:

Mathew White was flown to us on a special flight, and fought his way to our facility. He came with no hope, beaten down, disabled, and sat in our living room ready for another failing experience. We brought his dog in, “Bowser”, who had been MATT N BOWSERtracking his scented clothing articles for 4 months. Bowser immediately recognized him, was overwhelmed with emotion, and ecstatic to have found his owner. They instantly bonded, and it was the first time Mathew felt peace.

Mathew had been disabled for 12 years with PTSD. He often slept half the day, woke up depressed, anxious, and guilty, for being a mentally crippled slob. He had three children, and couldn’t be the father he wanted to be. He NEVER left his home without his wife. Often, he would have to cut out-of-home experiences in half and come home, spending the rest of the day in bed. He use to teach Martial Arts, but for several years now he couldn’t even go to work outs.

After a couple of hours we went to a store. We barely made it out. We had to stop and sit down twice because Mathew nearly fainted. He started to stutter, and couldn’t speak coherently. He sweat profusely, soaking his clothes, and had to shower when we got home. It was a mess. His phone calls home were horrible. His wife was so scared that he would come back home the same way he left, she was negative and brutal.

We went to work on dog training. After about 15 minutes Mathew began to smile. The horrible manic pain left him, and he started to enjoy his dog. The second session his mind began to clear. It’s one thing to explain this experience, and a complete other thing to live through it. Mathew felt happy, content, and at peace inside of himself for the first time in years. He didn’t want to stop. He didn’t want to leave. He didn’t know what to do.

Finally Mathew said, “I’m hungry, let’s go out to eat. It was the first in 10 years of PTSD he felt that possibly he might enjoy going out. We did. It was a great experience. Half way through our dinner the waiter got into an argument with a man sitting at the table next to us. Suddenly they stood up and started yelling at each other. Bowser stood up too, then, and barked so loud, they both ran away. My first thought was for Mathew. “Are you OK”, I asked? “I’m great”, he said. “Couldn’t be better”. The man came back, apologized, and retained his seat at the table. Bowser just layed under the table, quiety, and didn’t move. The man was even able to pet him, and Bowser didn’t mind.

Three days later we took Mathew to Costco and shopped for an hour, taking him all over. Many people wanted to see Bowser, and Mathew spoke with them all. We went outside. He was calm, happy, hadn’t started to sweat, spoke normal, and wanted to go back inside. “No”, I responded, “it’s time for you to go home”.

That was a year ago. Today Mathew is finishing up his University Degree, working, being a father, and living his life. His Manic behaviors have gone from 95% to 10%, and he can function like anyone else. Bowser made all the difference, and changed his life.

“Dog Wish made all the difference for me. Bowser has completely changed my life. Thank you Bob!”

Sima was a charming, beautiful young woman, who flew to us in a last ditch effort to get help with her devastating PTSD problems. She had been through 3 different professional Institutions where professionals tried to help her. She had seen THE COWBOYseveral Psychiatrists and Therapists, been through all the procedures, tried desperately to do everything possible to help with her problems, and had given up. She was paralyzed with nightmare experiences every night, that left her “scared to death” cuddled up in the corner of her bedroom, crying. She felt such pain that she had tried to overdose, and stop it any way she could. Nobody could help her, and her life was a living HELL.

She flew to us, and drove in, out of her mind in terror and pain, and sat huddled, not speaking, not looking, just staring into space. I watched her for a couple of minutes and told my staff to bring out “Buddy” a 16 month old male Red and Black medium sized German Shepherd, we had been training, but had not placed. We work with synergistic energies, and as Buddy approached, his energy and Sima’s energy matched, exactly. Sima looked up as Buddy came into the patio and jumped into her arms, licking her face, and pushing his body into hers. I gave her the leash and told her to take him for a walk. She did. Sima stayed in our home, because I wanted to make sure she slept OK, and she did. In fact, since Buddy, she hasn’t had another traumatic episode of nightmarish horror. Sima trained with us, like Mathew did, and went home. Two days later she went to a Wedding, then a graduation, a family get together, and started resuming her normal life. That was eight months ago, and Sima has not regressed. Her doctor has cut her meds to the lowest level, and she is now resuming her life. Buddy has made all the difference.

“Buddy has given me back the life I love. Going to Dog Wish was the best thing I’ve ever done.”
We live in a world full of energies that we don’t understand and can’t explain. No matter what is happening in the world around us, we feel trapped inside a body, being fed feelings and emotions by our brain, without the ability to control or stop them. No matter what anyone says or does to help you, it is you who are suffering, you who are taking what life gives you and creating your own world, and you who have to stop, focus, and create your own reality.

We do understand where you are, what you are suffering, and why you need a Service Dog.

If you are the one:
• whose mind is creating the pain and suffering and
• your brain is responsible for creating the torment you are living with
• who has to respond to the energies around you
• who has to make your brain and body do what you want

There must be a way for you to gain control over your own brain, and stop the process, without prescription drugs, and twenty more years talking to a psychologist.MAX2NISA 2

YOU need to be able:

• to re-program your brain
• to produce what YOU want, and
• not what it wants.

Through your Dog Wish Service Dog It is possible for you:

• to reduce the material in your own brain that is causing YOU to suffer,
• replacing it with programs that YOU can create yourself.
• This will feed you what YOU need to control and live YOUR life with peace and happiness.

This is what our program for PTSD dogs is all about!

It is my personal belief that most of the people I listen to and hear from:

• are not capable of resolving their problems in their present condition.
• are disabled by their disorders,
• and find themselves victimized by their circumstances and the energies around them.

*Therefore the first thing Dog Wish does with each dog is to teach each dog to focus 100% on their handler. Our dogs are trained to be “brainwave sensitive, and they learn to keep constant connection with their handler.

The results of this training are that:

• the dogs become a “counter-balance” for anxious, fear based, hypertensive, uncontrolled behaviors in their handlers,
• can stop seizure typed behaviors, and
• have a SUPER calming effect on their handler.

What we see continuously is that through the relationship with their dog:

• The handler is empowered,
• They lose their constant panic attack behaviors,
• They find it much easier to control their mental processes, and
• Get a huge break from the constant anxiety their brain feeds them.

This is a powerful and sensitive training that goes way beyond the norm.

Even if you are aware of the processes your brain and body are going you can’t stop them just because you want to, or prepare to counter the effects of these processes. However, Dog Wish Service dogs are trained to tune in, understand, and alert to the neurological needs of their handler!
Our dog can smell abnormal behaviors. It requires a superior instinct in the dog to respond to our training and be capable of the high level of scent detection we require to pass our tracking courses.BELLA 30

• Each dog is trained with scented articles from their future handler, which we teach them to track and find.
• By learning to detect and find their handler’s scent, which we use for all training, they learn over 100 details about their handler before they ever meet.
• In learning this training the dogs become sensitive to the regular, and then abnormal smells their handler will put out, and can alert on those smells accordingly.
• We are NATIONAL AND WORLD champions for tracking and scent K9 detection.

That’s why from the beginning of our training and through the entire course of training we provide, the methods for communication we use to instruct our dogs and handlers as well are holistic, therapeutic, healing, and teach their brains to slow down, stop, focus on this second only, and just relax. The training is very intense, and very demanding. In order to succeed it requires 100% attention to detail, every second of the training. As a result the dogs, and the handlers, learn to focus, to think only of what they are doing right now, to slow down and pay attention to the very important details they are learning, and not to be distracted by anything, a sound, a movement, a thought, anything! We literally help you to retrain your dog. As a result your brain will stop producing the behaviors you hate.

We do Passive Protective Training with each dog,

• Who are trained just like a Police K9, to care for and protect YOU.
• The proper protection dog does not and will not try to hurt anyone.
• They simply will not allow anyone to hurt you.
• They are vigilant and committed in their desire to make sure you are at all times OK, no matter what.
THE DOG WISH PROMISE
I have come to bring goodness:
Through The Life Force We Harness,
In Each Dog We Produce,
In Every Dog Wish Service Dog,
We Create!

Through The Power We Endue,
And The Abilities We Build,
By The Transformation We Channel,
And The Connection We Make Possible,
We Simply Bring Change:

From Chaos to Order,
From Hopelessness to Hope,
From Despair to Joyfulness,
From Doubt to Faith,
From Disability to Ability,
From Sickness to Health,
From Ignorance to Knowledge,
From Death to Life.

Dog Wish will be glad to help you too.

Bob Taylor, President
Dog Wish, Incorporated, http://www.dogwish.orgbobnsheps
760-662-3767

 

DETECTION AND PRE-ALERT SERVICE DOGS, by Bob Taylor

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Dog Wish Detection & Pre-Alert Service Dogs are invaluable. The ability of a dog to detect and alert to neurological and physical abnormalities and disorders in their handler is the most important, sought after, andDSCN1620 valuable benefit that a dog could ever provide for you.

“Fluffy” alerts daily when her handler is having trouble breathing, going into seizure mode, beginning the process to have a melt down, or doing something that may our son harm.” Cory Curtis 2013

“Rocko” responds when Kevin is having a neurological disturbance, whether he is standing next to him, or 50 miles away from him.”  Martina Sakurai 2014

“Tish use to have seizures that paralyzed her, put her in a catatonic state, where she would lay in the hospital for days. Since the day he came, Tucker has indicated every time our daughter goes into seizure mode. She hasn’t had a bad seizure since. He’s literally a life saver!” Ron & Celia

“Since we picked up Duke he’s been a wonderful enhancement to our family, but two months later he became invaluable. We were out at a outing and Duke started acting up. He started barking, tried to push my son Sasha into a chair, and kept acting defensive of Sasha. Finally I called Bob and told him. Bob immediately said, ‘Sasha’s going to have a seizure.´ I told Bob that Sasha doesn’t have seizures, and Bob told me “turn around”. There was Sasha having a seizure. Duke had been telling us for the past two hours, and we sasha n duke 6weren’t listening. We do now. Two months later I was in a store, and Duke started to bark at ME. The store manager came up and told me I had to control my dog or leave the store, and I told him that Duke was highly trained, and to call for a Paramedic and walk me to the front door. I collapsed, and had a brain aneurism, half way to the front door, and stopped breathing. The Paramedics were coming through the front door, hooked me up to oxygen, and put me in their ambulance, to transport to the hospital. I woke up, and the Paramedic told me, “If it weren’t for your dog, Mam, you’d probably be dead right now”. “I know”, I said, hugging Duke, “I love him”. Crys Worley

Service Dogs trained to detect and alert
I have always been fascinated by a dog’s ability to use their nose. When I got into Dog Sports Competition I decided to go for tracking. As a multi-National Champion and World Champion Competitor, years ago I learned how to train dogs to detect substances, and actual criminals, using the Science of K-9 Detection. Using my knowledge of scent discrimination, I have been able to produce dogs that could detect and alert to specific smells, alerting their handlers to dangers which they were unaware existed. Our dogs are capable of following scent trails to search those smells out. In National competition I placed with the highest scores among 100s and 1,000s of other competitors for 7 years.

I also found that

• my dogs could detect the presence and energy of a criminal before they had the opportunity to commit their crime. bookcover2
• The dogs learned to detect the intentions that a person had by focusing on their energy and respond accordingly, on a very high level.
• I used these dogs with Police, in public businesses, and private homes to alert to the presence of criminals and saved their owners thousands of dollars in theft, and from battery, rape, and home invasion.
• I have also trained dogs to guard islands in the Caribbean and found that my dogs could detect a criminal presence that came on the Island and stop them.

In the early 2000s, I used that knowledge to train dogs for Search and Rescue to quickly and effectively find children with developmental disabilities that had “eloped” (escaped from their homes or families). I combined this training with a new type of detection based on my knowledge of Police K9 training.

I taught my dogs to become sensitive to the electro-magnetic energies produced by the brain that it would project out, and corresponding chemicals that their bodies would produce.

• Combining these sciences, I was able to produce dogs for Search & Rescue that would detect the presence of lost people by their smell AND their energies.

A leading Neuro Scientist who was working with FEMA handling Disaster Dogs for the nation contacted me, and using my dogs and training, the late Doctor David Kelso, PHD, a Vice President of the American Red Cross and a Department Head for several Hospital Departments of Neural Surgery, was able to use my dogs to find:

• People stranded miles from town in 6 to 8 feet of snow, lost and freezing. My dogs saved them before they were damaged. None of the other trained Police search dogs were able to even find their tracks.BRITTNEY 4

• One person from a mental facility lost in a large hospital complex. The Police had searched for 8 hours before calling Dr. Kelso and couldn’t find the man. Dr. Kelso’s dog found him within minutes of arriving at the hospital.

• Four children kidnapped from different parts of America, in a house, just by walking down the street, a block away. The children were in a city Dr. Kelso had just arrived in to see his father. He was just taking the dogs’ for a walk when this happened. The dogs alerted to the energies and chemical smells of these kidnapped children in a private residence.

Dr. Kelso was diabetic and had seizures and the dogs detected his low blood sugar and the abnormal brain disorder each time he suffered an occurrence. Dr. Kelso documented their training and capabilities and used them in several states as Search & rescue Disaster K9s, Police, and Service Dogs in hospitals. Assistance Dogs International recognized his dog Casper as the Top Service Dog in America. The Red Cross honored Casper as the top Search and Rescue Dog in America. Dave gave all the credit to Dog Wish and my training. “I have trained at the top six schools for Police K9s and Search dogs in America, and have to admit that Bob Taylor’s Academy is by far the best I’ve found.” DR. DAVID KELSO, PHD. These dogs were no different from the dogs I am training for my clients, now, accept that I am able to do a more exact selection of each dog, to match each client more specifically, which makes all the difference for them.

Dog Wish trains K9s specifically to detect and alert to each client’s abnormal energy and body reaction activity before an actual seizure experience, often an hour or two before an occurrence. This gives the recipient time to seek medical attention and potentially resolve the situation before it occurs.

Clients have found this excellent for times when the dog’s handler is sleeping and unaware of their potential dangers. Many are able to sleep through the night for the first time in years.

Having been involved in the study of canine behavior for some thirty years now with both domestic and wild dogs, locally, nationally, and internationally, I have been able to inductively compile an understanding of how the canine brain receives, processes, and responds.

SCENTED CLOTHING ARTICLES
I use scented clothing articles from their future recipient in tracking, detection, and general work with the client.

AS A RESULT OUR CLIENTS CLAIM:

• Our clients actually claim that the amount and severity of their problems have greatly diminished, and in some cases resolved, since receiving and handling our K9s.
• They have been able to cut down or stop using many of their medications.
• They have become much more function able, and many have been able to resume their lives and independence.

The dogs’ comprehensive ability to detect, understand, and alert to chemical smells and abnormal fields of energy is far superior to ours (50 to 100 times). 75 to 78% of all sensory knowledge obtained by a dog is obtained through their nose.

• Dogs see through their noses, not their eyes. BELLA 30
• They use their eyes as a radar, to detect movement, and sight in the object of their search.
• They then switch to their nose to supply them with all the particulars.

So, in learning to search out scented articles from their future handler, the dogs learn up to 100 particular, important details about that person at the same time.

This gives my dogs a much more comprehensive focus and ability to respond to my clients with a sensitive accuracy that is paramount and critical for the work I do.

It is one of the attributes I have used to create a superior Service Dog for my clients. I use it to train my dogs in the fields of:

• Search and Rescue
• Toxic Detection, Alert, and Avoidance
• Pre-Seizure Detection and Alert
• Diabetic Hypo-Blood level Detection and Alert
• Detect oncoming melt down disorders in the mind of an affected person
• Detect abnormal and potentially dangerous energies coming from a person with neurological disabilities
• Detect incorrect thought patterns and intentions
• Detect harmful chemical imbalances
• Seizure detection and alert

A Service Dog needs to be capable of walking into a room, feeling the energies, smelling the smells, detecting the needs those present, understanding what to do, and responding correctly. Among the many benefits a Dog Wish Service Dog brings, these are the most fundamental and necessary.

The ability to Detect is the foundation for being a good Service Dog, and the most important part of the process. Being able to smell what is going on in the brain and body of a handler makes these dogs invaluable. However, a “Master” tracking dog specialist must do this. The ability to take the dogs’ raw natural abilities, and to then teach them how to focus them specifically on the body of the handler (or those around them) is imperative. Simple tracking training is by far not enough to make a dog capable of the critical work they must be trained to do.

Also, the ability to detect abnormal energies projected out from the brain of the handler or others around them is imperative. As a dog can be trained to go to a pile of gloves for an AKC trial and pick only that glove belonging to its’ owner, a dog MATT N BOWSERcan be trained to smell and feel the accompanying energies that person is producing and projecting out around them. The body and the brain will work together to present a picture to the dog that they can comprehensively detect, understand, and respond to in a highly accurate fashion.

This ability also gives the dogs an ability to respond with passive protectiveness for their handler, on a level above that used by most Law Enforcement Departments and Agencies worldwide. This past year, I was retained to train a complete group of K9s being used to protect an elite private community whose demands were paramount. The dogs were all trained to do executive high tech Police work without ever touching a suspect. They could patrol, search, Detect, find, stop, guard, and transport a suspect without ever making a mark on them. They also, on command, could stop anyone, no matter what, intelligently and safely. Using my special techniques, my dogs provide superior performance and unmatched quality in their work. This is what the word “Dog Wish” has come to mean for hundreds of happy clients.

I have learned how to produce an uncanny ability and desire in a dog to stop, focus, become sensitive to, and focus on their handler. It is the most important thing a dog can do. My dogs get to the point in training where, when their furure handler is having a problem, living in a State up to 3,000 miles away, it affects the dogs. I have to call and speak with the parents or person involved and find out if the problem they are presently having is the same as that indicated by their dog in training, all the time. As a result, Dog Wish Service Dogs have:

• Gone through windows and broken down doors to get to their handlers when they are in danger or are having seizures.
• Have responded to their handlers when they are several miles away from them and the handler has an unusual neurological event.
• Have responded by barking, running in circles, and pulling the blankets off of family members when their handler is going to have neurological problems.
• Have physically stopped their handlers and pushed them into chairs before neurological events.

We train each dog with articles pre-scented by their handlers, which the dogs can search and find anywhere. We wear scented articles from their handlers. The dogs sleep on scented articles to get use to their new handler’s smell. When they meet, the dogs instantly bond and stay with their handlers because they already have been trained to know and respond to their smell. The emotional conditioning exercises we use with each dog insure our success.

This is a life and death effort that Dog Wish takes very seriously. No one should purchase a Psychiatric Service Dog before conscientiously checking out the trainer, the dog, and making sure the dog will do the job for you. At Dog Wish we make sure of the details, and do this for you.

Bob Taylor, President
The Dog Wish
760-662-3767.

TRAINING SERVICE DOGS ON THE DEMENTIA SCALE, by Bob Taylor

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I have noticed that a lot of people believe that Service Dogs are good for people in early stages of Alzheimer’s/Dementia, but don’t believe that a dog would be good for someone in the later stages of this disorders.THE COWBOY

Alzheimer’s (also known as Dementia) typically develops slowly and gradually getting worse over the course of several years. It eventually affects most areas of your brain, including those important in memory, thinking, judgment, language, problem-solving, personality and movement.

Having placed several dogs now, with people disabled with Dementia, we have found that, like Autism, there is a scale to gage the regression of their disease. The following is a seven stage scale developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine’s Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center, a leading expert on Dementia.

Alzheimer, symptoms vary and the scale provided below gives us a general idea of how these abilities are changed during the course of the disease.

Stage 1: No impairment (normal function)
The person does not experience any memory problems. A medical professional cannot detect any evidence or symptoms of dementia, during an interview.

Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline (may be normal age-related changes or earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease)
The person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses – forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects. But no symptoms of dementia can be detected during a medical examination or by friends, family or co-workers.

Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline (early-stage Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed in some, but not all, individuals with these symptoms)
Friends, family or co-workers begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview, doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentration.
Common stage 3 difficulties include:
• Noticeable problems coming up with the right word or name
• Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people
• Having noticeably greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings (forgetting material that one has just read)
• Losing or misplacing a valuable object
• Increasing trouble with planning or organizing

Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline: At this point, a careful medical interview should be able to detect clear-cut symptoms in several areas: BOBNRICK
• Forgetfulness of recent events
• Impaired ability to perform challenging mental arithmetic – for example, counting backward from 100 by 7s
• Greater difficulty performing complex tasks, such as planning dinner for guests, paying bills or managing finances
• Forgetfulness about one’s own personal history
• Becoming moody or withdrawn, especially in socially or mentally challenging situations

Stage 5: Moderately severe cognitive decline: Gaps in memory and thinking are noticeable, and individuals begin to need help with day-to-day activities. At this stage, those with Alzheimer’s may:
• Be unable to recall their own address, telephone number, the high school or college from which they graduated
• Become confused about where they are or what day it is
• Have trouble with less challenging mental arithmetic; such as counting backward from 40 by subtracting 4s or from 20 by 2s
• Need help choosing proper clothing for the season or the occasion
• Still remember significant details about themselves and their family
• Still require no assistance with eating or using the toilet

Stage 6: Severe cognitive decline: Memory continues to worsen, personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities. At this stage, individuals may:
• Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings
• Remembering their own name but have difficulty with their personal history
• Distinguish familiar and unfamiliar faces but have trouble remembering the name of a spouse or a caregiver
• Need help dressing properly and may, without supervision, make mistakes such as putting pajamas over daytime clothes or shoes on the wrong feet. Experience major changes in sleep patterns – sleeping during the day and becoming restless at nightFLUFNNO1
• Need help handling details of toileting (for example, flushing the toilet, wiping or disposing of tissue properly)
• Have increasingly frequent trouble controlling their bladder or bowels
• Experience major personality and behavioral changes, including suspiciousness and delusions (such as believing that their caregiver is an impostor) or compulsive, repetitive behavior like hand-wringing or tissue shredding
• Tend to wander or become lost

Stage 7: Very severe cognitive decline: In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement.
• They may still say words or phrases.
• At this stage, individuals need help with much of their daily personal care, including eating or using the toilet.
• They may also lose the ability to smile.
• To sit without support and to hold their heads up.
• Reflexes become abnormal.
• Muscles grow rigid.
• Swallowing impaired.

(Alzheimer’s stages: How the disease progresses By Mayo Clinic Staff)NANCY & JEWEL
Preclinical Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is often diagnosed in the mild dementia stage, when it becomes clear to family and doctors that a person is having significant trouble with memory and thinking. But Alzheimer’s begins long before any symptoms are apparent.
This stage is called preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. You won’t notice symptoms during this stage, nor will those around you. This stage can last for years, possibly even decades.
New imaging technologies can now identify deposits of a substance called amyloid beta that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The ability to identify these early deposits may be especially important as new treatments are developed for Alzheimer’s disease.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s disease

People with Mild Cognitive Impairment, have mild changes in their memory and thinking ability. These changes aren’t significant enough to affect work or relationships yet. People with MCI may have memory lapses when it comes to information that is usually easily remembered, such as conversations, recent events or appointments. People with MCI may also have trouble judging the amount of time needed for a task, or they may have difficulty correctly judging the number or sequence of steps needed to complete a task. The ability to make sound decisions can become harder for people with MCI.

In the mild Alzheimer’s stage, people may experience:

• Memory loss for recent events. Individuals may have an especially hard time remembering newly learned information and repeatedly ask the same question.JOHN,ARLA,NBESS
• Difficulty with problem-solving, complex tasks and sound judgments. Planning a family event or balancing a checkbook may become overwhelming. Many people experience lapses in judgment, such as when making financial decisions.
• Changes in personality. People may become subdued or withdrawn — especially in socially challenging situations — or show uncharacteristic irritability or anger. Decreased attention span and reduced motivation to complete tasks also are common.
• Difficulty organizing and expressing thoughts. Finding the right words to describe objects or clearly express ideas becomes increasingly challenging.
• Getting lost or misplacing belongings. Individuals have increasing trouble finding their way around, even in familiar places. It’s also common to lose or misplace things, including valuable items.

We recognize that the effects of Dementia are permanent, but in many cases the use of a service dog can prolong the advancement of the disease. The dogs can serve as a counter-balance to the mental and emotional effects of this disorder.

More importantly, we have found that a dog can be matched with each individual person, regardless of the stage of Dementia, and the dog will perform successfully for the client.

We have found due to our selection and training process. The success of our dogs does not depend on how far the person with Dementia has progressed, but in finding the right dog for the job.

They are not just a fun loving companion, but a fluffy caregiver. These fluffy caregivers are trained to care for their handlers in a loving and task oriented way. It’s part of the emotional bonding process we condition into every Dementia Psychiatric Service Dog we train.

Bess and Carla:
Carla is in the later stages of Dementia. Most of her cognitive processes are now right brained. BESS N FRIENDS
She has lost the ability to use cognitive linguistic tools and instead has created her own way of speaking, much like a 1 year old child.
She is use to a specific routine in her own home environment, and when her environment is changed she becomes disoriented which causes strong mood changes, anxiety, agitation, and constant frustration.
Carla has an uncanny ability to maintain control in her environment. She wants things arranged and done as she feels is correct. In fact, in her mind she is still in control of her life and environment.

We placed Bess, a black British Labrador Retriever with Carla. A very loving, affectionate, playful dog. Bess literally changed her behaviors to do her job. As Bess bonded with Carla her behavior became:
More mature
More serious
More focused
More protective

Bess bonded with Carla immediately. Bess quickly oriented herself to their big back yard, home, but mostly of all Carla. It was obvious that because of the training we put into Bess:

• She already knew Carla’s body’s scents,
• Her energies,
• Her emotional needs,
• And her mood swings.

After only a few hours, Bess:

• Watched for Carla to come outside
• Alerted when Carla left her sight
• Provided Carla an emotional counter balance
• maintained close contact with Carlabookcover2

It was immediately noticed that Carla felt more comfortable and responsive when Bess was with her. After 3 days together Bess had a noticeable calming effect on Carla and was helping her remain balanced and oriented.
Carla constantly communicated with Bess, and switched her focus from her husband to Bess.
The result of her behavior became very evident the last day we were with this family, when we went for a short drive, to tour some city sights, without the dog. After about 20 minutes we had to turn around and go home, because without Bess, Carla became disoriented, anxious, and confused. Once re-united with Bess Carla quickly relaxed, became happy, and content, again. When we went to leave, Carla’s one concern was that everyone understood that Bess was her dog and was not going with us.
Bob Taylor has received Certifications on Dementia and Alzheimer’s by several Universities, and combined his special K9 training skills, with this knowledge to develop a comprehensive program designed specifically to train each dog according to the position of their handler on the Dementia scale.

No matter where your loved one is on the Dementia scale, we can help you with a trained Dog Wish Psychiatric Service Dog. CALL US TODAY!

Bob Taylor 760-662-3767
bob@dogwish.org
(http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/alzheimers-stages/art-20048448)

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