USING DOG WISH SERVICE DOGS AS CARE PARTNERS, By Bob Taylor

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Dog Wish provides the very best for our clients! Read this note from Jamie Murphy:
“The reason for choosing Dog Wish is their record for training these type of special service dogs for dementia patients is exemplary. We have talked to the few places, in the country that works with Service Dementia Dogs and Bob and his team are the best. And yes, it does help that he specializes in German Shepherd Dogs, which is what my dad’s favorite dog. Bob has answered every question we have ‘thrown his way’ with professionalism and compassion.”

Care Givers
The very word “Care” Giver is despicably flawed. It shows our societies ignorance andTHE COWBOY complete misunderstanding or the needs and desires of someone who has been stricken with Dementia related disabilities and disorders.

Carole struggles with the effects of this… is now lives through the onslaught suffered by those with this disease. She is living in obscurity, alone, forgotten, scared, and fighting every day, to keep her cognizant brain functions active and responsive, so she can continue. It is a losing fight, and she fears the consequences in her own life. Upon applying for graduate school, entering the University of Missouri Graduate School she scored high enough on the Graduate Record Exam to automatically quality as a member of “MENSA.” MENSA welcomes people whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population. Testing now shows normal intelligence.

Carol’s understanding and insights into this world of disorder have opened my eyes to the world of those disabled with Dementia from the inside out. She has helped me understand from their point of view what life is like for someone going through what she suffers daily. Carol would love to have a full time companion who would work “with” her, sharing her journey in an understanding and “caring” fashion. However she hates the idea of becoming a recipient for someone who sees her as incapable, who is there to take “care” over and be responsible for her. Carol does not believe in Care Giving, but longs for a “CARE PARTNER” who will understand and respond to her needs as an equal. She is preserving her dignity as a human being, and struggling to stay capable to function and fulfill her own needs as long as she is capable. I call Carol every day I can and just talk with her, and our relationship fulfills a special need for someone who will just be there, and care.
CARE PARTNERING
A CARE PARTNER is someone who stops treating the individual as a recipient of their BOBNRICKcare, and starts treating them as person, letting them know that they acknowledge their capabilities to function and respond, and encouraging them to do so, as much as possible.
It is important for the affected person to understand that they are part of a family, and their functionality is needed and required. They need to know they belong in the home, and must work with everyone to keep their disability from controlling them. Working with children affected by Autism we have found that we can use the processes we teach for working with the trained Service Dog in the home environment, to teach the child to accept discipline, to communicate better, and to function as a normal part of the family, to a much greater extent, by observing, and helping work their dog, in their home. Owning their dog, and taking an active role in its training, is often extremely beneficial for each child/handler. Many children learn to use language, toilet training, and actively performing home chores as a result of working with their Dog Wish Service Dogs.
Dog Wish Psychiatric Service dogs are “CARE PARTNERS”:
• They have the ability to go where we can’t go, into the right brained world where the FLUFNNO1disordered person exists.
• They can smell every smell that person puts out
• They can feel what their brain projects
• The know when their handler is functioning mentally, and when they are experiencing an abnormal or concerning neurological happening, created by their brain, which is or can affect their brain’s and their body’s capabilities.
Psychologists and Doctors are wonderful and needed, but the problem is that they must work from the outside, and often the disabled person is not capable of using their knowledge to affect the changes needed by the patient. A Dog Wish trained and Certified Service Dog can detect and respond to changes producing states of being that a human being can’t. They can go inside, and even communicate with their handler on a level to which we are oblivious. Because of this ability they are a superior Care Partner, and can understand and work with their handler where they are, far better than we can.

ENERGETIC CONNECTORS AND SYNCRONIZATION
As we started training our dogs to find the soiled, used articles of clothing belonging to BELLA 30their potential handler, we experienced an amazing phenomenon. The Dogs not only learned to know and find the articles that smelled like their handlers, and learned to like and get excited when they smelled the articles, they connected with the energies contained in those articles, and thus the handlers, emotionally and energetically.
As we continued we found that the dogs would change behaviors as their actual handlers were going through similar experiences in their lives. No matter what the physical distance, the emotional connection was stronger. We had a pup in training who suddenly began to display a psychotic reaction to our conditioning. I called and checked on their handler, who seemed to be doing fine, but the behavior continued and finally began to balance out. When the family came to work with us, the daughter who we were training the dog for was fine, and they worked very well together. However, the mother related to us that at the same time dog began to experience the unusual behavior, she had experienced a traumatic accident where she had experienced a head concussion. Both the dog and her had been displaying the same behaviors, and since we documented it, she recognized it immediately.

Likewise, our clients consistently share with us stories where their dogs pick up on neurological occurrences that no one else was aware of, ie. Seizures, brain function abnormalities, etc., and alerted them to problems before they either occurred, or became critical.
BEING CONNECTED
One of the biggest results that comes as a by-product of being stricken by Dementia is Bob Taylorthat the affected person becomes dis-connected with who they are. One of the strongest concerns I face with family after family is that their loved one has become “lost”. They no longer know who they are. They not only don’t remember important episodes and events from their past, or who the important people in their life are; they don’t remember who THEY are. This year actress Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her portrayal of a woman stricken with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in the movie “Still Alice”, taken from the book written by Lisa Genova. Lisa gained much of her knowledge through an Alzheimer’s conversation group, led by my friend Carol Mulligan. Carol shared with me about several of the things they discussed and related to Lisa, and one of the most important was an understanding and fear they ALL had about becoming “lost”. It’s the thing they fear the most.

It is a personal thrill to help someone with Dementia re-connect with who they are through their Dog Wish Psychiatric Service Dog. We are training a dog right now for a man named Pete. According to his family Pete’s losing himself, he’s giving up, and they are fighting against Dementia to give him back his own personal identity and dignity. He’s an ex-marine, and when he comes for his dog we are going to take him to his old base, Camp Pendleton, and re-acquaint him with who he is. He’s a retired Marine. Pete has lived his life, raised his kids, served his country, been a great dad, and a great American. Now it’s time for us to give back to Pete, at a time when he needs us. His dog is going to be there to help him remember, each day, who HE is, and when he forgets, to do it for him. Whether it’s:
• Finding his way back home after a walk
• Finding the car after shopping
• Finding his wife when he gets lost
• Finding his wallet, his keys, and the bathroom.
• Finding his self-composure
• Find the reason for living
• Or Finding himself
His dog is going to be there as his special care partner, happy, loving, and letting Pete know he’s not alone, or forgotten, for a minute. His dog will be there, ever-watching, making sure he isn’t getting into harm’s way, and that he is protected and loved.

This week David Cameron, the Prime Minister of England, in a formal address to the Nation announced to those in Parliament (http://dementiachallenge.dh.gov.uk/2015/02/23/prime-ministers-dementia-challenge-2020/). That by 2020 England will be the most “Dementia Friendly” country in the world. He stated that this the primary concern of his office.
“…our vision is to create a society by 2020 where every person with dementia, and their carers and families, from all backgrounds, walks of life and in all parts of the country – people of different ages, gender, sexual orientation, ability or ethnicity for example, receive high quality, compassionate care from diagnosis through to end of life care. This applies to all care settings, whether home, hospital or care home…”

The most important thing we can do for those with Dementia related disabilities is toJOHN,ARLA,NBESS keep them at home, with family, and familiar surroundings, smells, and history. Preserving the dignity and integrity of their lives. Helping them to live without confusion in an environment that provides love, security, and longevity is essential for their well-being. A Dog Wish Psychiatric Service Dog can be, for many, the binding key that they need. This is why Dog Wish established our Dementia Service Dog program, and why we are so humbled to help so many.

For more information about our Dementia Dog program call Bob Taylor at 760-662-3767, or email me at bob@dogwish.org.

Obtaining a Psychiatric Service Dog

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Psychiatric Service Dog

I receive numerous calls from prospective clients daily concerning their need and desire 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?

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What is an Autism Service Dog ?

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

Autism Service DogDaniel 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. Continue reading

Service Dogs for Elopement, Bolting, Wandering, and Escaping By Bob Taylor

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I would like to start this blog off with a letter I recently received from a client:

A Family Testimonial for Bob Taylor with Dog WishAMELIA N CORA 1

Amelia wears a five strapped harness on her rides to and from school. Once she got out of the harness, climbed a fence, ran across the freeway, over a second fence, over rocks, and started swimming out into Lake Michigan. A “good Samaritan” stopped his car, went after, and saved her life. Continue reading

PLACING PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, by Bob Taylor

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PLACING PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Psychiatric Service DogsSeveral years ago the Seacker family brought their son Jacob to Dog Wish to get help for him. Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome, and at his young age had been beaten, urinated on and sexually assaulted and abused both at his and at his Autism Day Care Center. He was questioning himself and his self-image was destroyed. We hooked him up with our dog, Thor and for the next several years they were a wonderful team. We now are training his second dog, Jasmone and Jacob is getting ready for College.

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PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS FOR CLIENTS WITH NEUROLOGICAL DILEMMAS, by Bob Taylor

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PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS FOR CLIENTS WITH NEUROLOGICAL DILEMMAS

Psychiatric Service DogsThe Dog Training Process necessary for working with anyone affected by Neurological Disabilities requires highly complicated and highly individualized methods in training to create a Psychiatric Service Dog dedicated to that individual alone.

Part of the success we are experiencing at Dog Wish with our clients is that, because of the potential we have through our dogs, we are able to work from the inside out, instead of working like others, from the outside in. Continue reading

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS, the KEY to CONNECTIVITY, by Bob Taylor

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At Dog Wish we train dogs for life and death, critical situations.

Psychiatric Service DogsGiven the following actual situations, this past year we successfully placed dogs with:
• A 7 year child with eloping, meltdown, out of control behaviors that run lower/medium to upper/lower on the Autism scale, whose sensory input issues are astronomical.
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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 PYCHIATRIC SERVICE 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

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