WHAT IS A PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG FOR AUTISM, 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.
Daniel is my son and he has Autism, SPD, DPD and ADHD. Daniel’s processing disorder DSCN1620makes 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!
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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 DSCN1621about 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 COWBOYthe 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 team 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!MAX2NISA 2

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 anyone 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!!!HEAVEN

If you are considering a trained Psychiatric Service Dog, call Bob at 760-662-3767, or email to bob@dogwiswh.org.  Our website is http://www.dogwish.org, and we will be glad to help YOU!

SERVICE DOGS for People WITH NEUROLOGICAL DILEMMAS

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The 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 ofMATT N BOWSER 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. We don’t help you to mask the effects of your disorders, we search for the causes, and help you overcome them. We succeed! We have many clients who have completely transformed their lives, function the way THEY want, and are very happy, as a result of our training.

1. It is imperative to understand the physiological causes of the disorders affecting the brain and the body of each individual client for whom we train a Service Dog. These are the causes of the disabilities addressed through the Service Dog and its training. Without a proper understanding of the disabilities as well as their causes, the trainer cannot understand how to properly train the Service Dog.
2. The trainer must then strategize how to address the resulting behaviors that affect the individual and then train the dog to manage those behaviors, which is the goal of training a Psychiatric Service dog. By law, each Psychiatric Service Dog must be trained to perform several (3) tasks that are essential to the well-being and functionality of the handler. We train the dog to do many more.
3. Keep in mind that each individual is affected differently by his impairment, and to a different extent in a number of areas, resulting in widely varying arrays of behavioral disorders that need to be addressed individually, even though they may be included under the umbrella of a specific disability type, such as the Autism spectrum disorders (which now includes Asperger’s Syndrome) or dementia (which includes Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, vascular dementia, Pick’s Disease, and so forth).
4. For this reason, Dog Wish requires videos and an ongoing history of events with each client we train a dog for. An in-depth understanding of the actual, specific, particular behaviors we are dealing with in each client we train a dog for is essential to complete a training plan.

Trainers often rely only on the therapeutic behaviors in the natural dog to offset and counter these behaviors. This type of dog, though often sold to the client as a Service Dog, is called an “EMOTIONAL SUPPORT” dog. Emotional support dogs are not legally considered service dogs, and increasingly they are being singled out by public and private businesses as fraudulent, and justifiably denied the public access to which true Service Dogs are given.

After specialized Dog Wish training, the “natural dog” retains its inherent abilities, but is enhanced by:

1) Matching its metabolic processes to the needs of the recipient,RADAR 3
2) Developing thought processes similar to those found in healthy human brains, i.e.,
3) Superior problem solving skills, and
4) Dedicating its attention and priorities to the care of the recipient/handler over its own wellbeing.
5) The dog’s natural affinity for bonding with human beings is used to dedicate each dog to its recipient/handler.

The Dog Wish dog is a superior, hybrid being, part dog and part human. Dog Wish is unaware of any other dog training program in the world that could match a Dog Wish dog.

1. To accomplish the incredible changes described above, first each dog must receive its own program of behavioral modification. Each dog also has its own personality based on THE COWBOYits own mental processes, abilities, and disabilities, often genetically passed through its parents. In order to act as is needed, to function as a proper Psychiatric Service Dog, it is necessary first for that animal to progress through its own program of behavioral modification:
A. It is taught how to stop, receive, understand, focus, follow, and respond to the brain and body of its handler.
B. The dog’s individual levels of (by human standards) hypertensive behaviors are modified, so that “on command” it can become emotionally balanced and serve as a “counter” balance to the emotional disorders of their handler(s).
C. The dog is taught to respond to the brain wave energies being projected out from the recipient/handler.
D. The dog is taught to respond to the normal and abnormal scents and odors the handler’s body produces as he is stimulated by the brain and central nervous system.
E. It learns to understand and associate the corresponding behaviors that go with the energies and smells the dogs is detecting, and respond correctly to each one.
2. These may be considered the individualized or dedication “tasks” a Psychiatric Service Dog must learn.
3. Each dog must learn how to use and apply its training for the benefit of the handler. In so doing it learn what we call “tasks” to be performed appropriately, as they are needed.

Dog Wish believes that no other program can claim and substantiate its claim to produce such dogs. Nevertheless, Dog Wish would be honored to receive clients from other training programs that recognize clients with a need for Dog Wish dogs.

TO SUMMARIZE, AN ADVANCED UNDERSTANDING OF THE BRAIN, HOW IT WORKS, AND HOW IT PRODUCES THE PARTICULAR DYSFUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORS IN EACH CLIENT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

How does the brain function?
The proper brain functions using both “hemispheres” to operate. It is said that Albert sima n buddyEinstein, the great genius, had twice as many neuro-synapse passages connecting his left and right neuro-hemispheres as the normal person. In other words, his brain was feminine. Women have brains constructed with twice as many neuro-synapse passages as men do, which causes them to “think” differently. In both the ancient Chaldean and Biblical manuscripts they said that God first created a man, and then came down and created a second man, who was better, and had a greater capacity for intelligence. We know this second person as woman.

Hi! My name is Tia. Mr. Taylor has agreed to let me read his blog and comment occasionally because I have dementia myself, and he thinks he should let my views be known, too. If he’s a smart guy, and I think he is brilliant, he will read his own blog from time to time and find the truth in my fine print.

Here’s my first comment. I don’t get the leap that Einstein’s brain was feminine, but hey, if he wants to believe that, why would a woman want to let him know otherwise?

This makes the point that the proper brain uses all of its capacity to produce thought SAMSUNGand behavior.
• The sequence for proper thought encompasses both the left and the right hemispheres of the brain in a complicated process, the end result of which is a “thought”.
• The average person has some 3,200 thoughts a day.

We don’t really know how many. Some say 100,000. I only know mine goes faster than that, and I have dementia! — Tia

• The normal thought is the end result of thousands of neuro-stimulations, focused and developed through the brains hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus works from memory, somewhat like your computer, organizing and repeating previously learned strings of data, which it uses to build your behaviors.
• Each thought is like a symphony of music composed by a great composer, like Beethoven or Mozart.
• The brain, working at 50,000 words a second, far too fast for us to comprehend, compiles and orchestrates all the particles of stimulated electro-neuronal data into a single thought.
But many of our thoughts are not in words and go much faster.

• Each thought, therefore, is multi-faceted, and very complex. Each thought is designed and structured to produce a single, or multiple, result(s).

*Therefore, Dog Wish’s work actually affects things on a sub-cellular atomic level, re-organizing, and constructing thought processes, and then behaviors, in both our dogs and our clients.

How the Brain Works
Having read dozens of papers by doctors and students of the brain and how it works, I AMELIA AT SCHOOL 2have found a favorite, written by Tania Lombrozo, (http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/12/02/248089436/the-truth-about-the-left-brain-right-brain-relationship). In her article Tania combines much research and study on the brain to produce a unified, holistic model which can be used as foundational for neuro-construction on a practical level we can enjoy.

EXAMPLES OF OUR TRAINING
We were visited by a family the past four days who have a Service Dog, trained to help their daughter with her seizure disorders. The father brought her and their dog, and they stayed for four days, working with us on their dog.

The dog, a Golden Retriever and Labrador mix was sensitive, loving, and enjoyed the work, performing very well. However, she over reacted to the presence of other dogs, and responded aggressively. She also became very distracted by any ball being thrown or used around her, which was never mentioned,
Because it was so engrained into her personality that the family just thought it was a normal part of her personality they had to accept and live with.

I watched the two work their dog, and she seemed fine with them. However, when any other dog came near her she tensed up, ready to attack, and became difficult to handle. She was not like this when we she was placed with this family. We worked with her some more around the dogs, and she became less reactive and more comfortable. Within three days she stopped the aggressive behavior and remained responsive and controlled, even when other dogs were three feet from her.

The first thing I noticed was that the family was “handling” their dog, and not “training” her. This is a common mistake, made by a lot of owners. I explained this to them, and helped them understand how to change their routines. They were relying on the training we had put into the dog and simply walking her. I showed them how they should be more effective:

• Teaching her to stop and cut her drives, just relaxing and sitting next to them.JOEY11
• Getting her to focus on them alone
• Learning to really communicate using their hands and vocal instruction to get 50% more attention from her
• Using their leash properly, to produce proper focus and attention only, and not to lead their dog around like it was a pig.

We worked for three sessions, and then loaded up the dog and went to the park. It was great; there were other dogs, a couple of groups engaged in soccer, and people playing catch with baseballs. The dog instantly engaged her drive, didn’t listen, and was not interested in us at all. I took her leash and started doing the same training I was re-training them to do at our facility. Within five minutes, the dog worked just like she did at the facility, ignoring everything, and paying complete attention only to me.

This was an amazing experience for them to witness. They were shocked at how well the training worked on their dog. I them had them do the same thing, and in 15 minutes their dog was responding to them, just like it did me. We went to lunch. They were very excited to have learned how to take control of their dog’s behavior, in a way they hadn’t experienced before.

Even though they had done training at our facility, seeing how the training worked in the midst of all the distraction in the park made them realize how important, relevant, and effective our training was, and how important it was for them to use it.

They were at our facility bright and early the next morning and immediately went to work training their dog. They came to me with questions, and I fed them answers, demonstrating each one with their dog. They worked their dog closer and closer to the other dogs, normalizing her aggression, which was based on fear and insecurity.

We got her from the breeder at three months. At first, she was a little shy and the other AMANDA ET ALLpups in her litter picked on her. So we separated her and put her with loving dogs. However, she was already traumatized from experiences in the litter and was not real secure around other dogs.

Both her aggression and ball drives, however, quickly came under control, and the owners, realizing their mistakes, which had been pointed out to them before several times, now were ready to change their handling and training mistakes and keep the dog focused, responsive, and correct for their needs.

Sometimes a dog may have a problem, but their age and maturity might not be ready for them to deal with it. The same thing applies to the owner/handler. A handler needs to experience the dog, and when the time is right, correct the troublesome behaviors.

In this particular situation everything worked right for everybody, and they were all very happy. Instead of using stronger instruction, we became more focused, communicable, and sensitive to the dog, and the handlers, and it worked beautifully for everyone. Understanding, learning how to use the training to focus, communicate, follow through, and love the dog, worked great for them.

The problem is, people who are disabled can’t really put their dogs through training.

The dogs have to first be trained to work correctly for them, because they have mental bobby upand psychological problems that interfere with their abilities to function correctly for themselves. Therefore, if the dog doesn’t just perform as they need, nobody is going to help fix that dog. People expect the dog to come “trained”, like a dog in the movies would act, and they aren’t ready to face the fact that the dog they have might have mental or emotional problems that need help as well. Often, it is the mental and emotional state of the dog that makes them a good partner for their handler. If they share the same problems and disabilities, they bond even closer.

In this case, the handler was disabled with brain injuries, so that her left side of her body was not as functional as her right side. As a result she was prone to seizure behaviors. Normally, without distraction, her dog worked with and for her, but when distracted she couldn’t control the dog without a lot of problems. At the same time, taking her dog out to play ball was a favorite activity. So, we resolved the problem by having her put a ball in her pocket, and the ball attracted the dog to her.
When the dog was distracted, she could take the ball out, show it to her dog, put it away in her pocket, and it helped her maintain control and attentiveness with her dog. Luckily, her father also worked the dog with her, and once he understood how to control the dog with our training, the dog’s performance under distraction was very good.

Another client sent her dog to us for training. She had PTSD and broke her ankle, whichMAX2NISA 2 stopped her from walking and working her dog for some months. Her dog, as a result, started to develop hypertensive behaviors, and she felt she had lost control over her dog, so she sent it back for more training, and then came out herself in a couple of weeks to learn from us as well.

The problem was that she had needed the dog so badly to help control her PTSD, which the dog did masterfully, that she treated her dog like a “baby”, didn’t make the dog obey, modified its training, used a different collar, and the dog, who really was a match for her in many ways, took over the relationship.
When this woman first came to us, her PTSD was so severe she wasn’t ready to take on training her dog, and really just needed the dog to help her. She needed to take the dog home and handle him for some time while she normalized and gained the ability to be a better handler.

When we picked the dog up at the Airport Freight Office he was scared, defensive, over sensitive to touch, and ready to fight us for control. The dog, when stressed, became aggressive, and if you went to touch his body or tail would snap. In the following weeks, the dog normalized, learned to be handled and touched, re-learned to be correct around other dogs, the public, kids, puppies, and our home. She came out to see her dog perform correctly like he did when she purchased him, and she was delighted. We then had her work with several dogs, learning to handle and use our training techniques on a higher level that was appropriate for her. She is very happy, and her PTSD is under control.

LEFT VS RIGHT HEMISPHERE DILEMMAS

As is the case of many neurological disorders, the brain of the affected individual, starts to lose its ability to use the neuro-synapse connections necessary to transfer information between the left and right hemispheres, and as those connections erode, the person starts to lose the ability to use the cognitive, rational features contained in the left side of the brain. As a consequence, the brain shifts to the right hemisphere, and re-wires itself in the right hemisphere. The affected person loses memory, speech, and complex thought abilities. As parts of the brain become corrupted, the person being affected lives more and more of their life using their right brain hemisphere.

I understand the brain differently, based on my years of reading about it. When the brain sasha n duke 6is not fully integrated, it functions less well. I do not believe all function happens on just one side of the brain. However, Mr. Taylor’s point is that when people lose the ability to use both hemispheres and lose language and logic, it may function much like the right brain alone.

One of the problems of working and care giving for one of these individuals is that once they see how their disabilities affect you, they also choose to use them to control you. People with Autism and Dementia tend to stay right brained:

• To protect themselves
• To manipulate you to give them more attention
• To fool you into doing what they want you to do
In so doing they use their disability against you to their own advantage. Because using their left brain features is harder, they tend to stay right brained more than they should. Not apologizing for my comment, they are disabled, with brains that are not fully functioning and not correctly functioning,
which gives them the right to misuse you and enjoy themselves as the can a little.

Mr. Taylor, sweetheart, do you think even for a second that having brain damage is enjoyable in any way? Consider yourself warned!

I have a colleague who has dementia and is a strong sounding board for me. She FLUFNNO2doesn’t hold back letting me know what it is like on the “other side” of the disorder. To her, it isn’t a left-right problem, it is a total brain disruption problem, and people need to have much more sensitivity for those surviving and attempting to overcome the problems caused by their disabilities.

Now you are listening. Your heart is good. I knew you would come around.
My primary reason for this section of my blog is to point out that dogs use their right-hemisphere of their brains, and have to be taught to go left. However, as pointed out in specifics in my book “DOG PSYCHOLOGY 101: the thinking dog”, they are in many ways unusually intelligent and very capable of learning, adapting, and building a rational, thoughtful mind that communicates dynamically, and understands beyond our abilities.

Likewise, a trained Psychiatric Service Dog has the ability to understand, communicate, and provide a partnered caregiving experience for those who are neurologically disabled that is beyond our human capabilities.

Therefore, through our understanding of the brain and how it functions, Dog Wish produces uniquely superior Psychiatric Service Dog for people with several different types of neurological disorders and disabilities.

Having received several post-graduate Certifications from Boston, Duke, John Hopkins, Bob TaylorUniversity of Tasmania, etc., and performed hundreds of field studies to confirm and document our results, we are ready to help you too. For questions and concerns, call Bob Taylor at 760-662-3767, or email me at bob@Dogwish.org

PLACING SERVICE DOGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, by Bob Taylor

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Several years ago the Seacker family brought their son Jacob to Dog Wish to get help dogwishlogotransbkfor 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.

Jacob Saecker and his dog Thor have now gone to school together, full time, for several years, to different schools, and never had a single problem. Watch their video: Jacob & Thor on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7s1fjDFQkk&feature=plcp.
CHANGES FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
We are viewing an approaching change of incredible proportions with Educational Institutions and School Districts across the Nation as they address the social phenomenon created by the massive increase in the numbers of children being born with Developmental Disabilities.

What we are experiencing on an epic scale has the ability to change humanity. Many scientists actually believe that mankind has entered into a new phase of evolution; that something has awakened in man that has been dormant for a long time. Others believe that man has reached a point in their development where they are going through a regression. Whatever, weather these developments show a dominant or a recessive trait, are part of a universal strategic theme for mankind, or just a fluke happening that we are experiencing, Autism, Dementia, Seizure disorders, etc., are a fast growing part of the present experience for mankind.

In fact, the leading Universities in our World, dealing with research on this subject, made a statement in June of 2012 that the true ratios for those with developmental disabilities and disorders is much HIGHER than previously reported to us. Instead of 1 in 150 boys and 225 girls, it is actually more like 1 in 27 boys and 54 girls, and growing at 12 to 17% per year.

Because I have been and am active in training and placing trained, Certified Service DogsCaleb & Duke101 in schools with child handlers, all over the United States, I have had the opportunity to see first-hand different classrooms with young children (kindergarten through 5th grades), across the country. I have been able to watch these children as they interact with our trained Service Dogs, and see how they are affected. The affect in every case is wonderful. Teachers who have our dogs in their classrooms have noted that:

• The ability of the students to settle down and study is greatly approved.
• As a result, they have noted that the performance of the children in these classes is up 15 to 20% since the dog came to their classroom.

THE PROBLEM
Of course, our dogs are trained to be sensitive to the different scents, and projected brain energies, in each child. They are slow and sensitive, without hypertensive nervous energy, and trained to focus on each person, absorbing their individual sensual data. Because of this Dog Wish Service Dogs are more approachable, responsive, understanding, and capable of being what is needed in each case.

However, because this is a new and unregulated science, based on:

• higher levels of communication
• and sophisticated psychology,

Of course, unless it is done correctly, supervised intelligently, and used with discretion, you could run into problems. I would like to say that of all the experiences I know of with Dog Wish Service Dogs that have been allowed to accompany their handlers in school, full time, the only problems that have occurred in the past 6 years, so far, have been:

• Caused by ignorant outsiders, who didn’t understand what they were doing,
• And jealous parents who have gone out of their way to cause problems themself

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t problems. This biggest problem is that, even withSAMSUNG the new ADA Laws, which specifically state what a proper Service Dog is, and how they perform, the fear, anger, and self-absorbed attitudes of those in Administrative positions in many schools and School Districts who are:

• Eager to keep the status quo,
• To fight change, and
• Assert their misguided authority on vulnerable parents who need their help.
Because of the poor attitudes of many, over 2/3rds of the parents of children with neurological disabilities and disorders are not happy with how their children are being treated at school. To many, sending their children to school has become no more than a supervised day care situation, where the children learn very little if anything.

It is sad to have to admit that the majority of families with children who dealing withbobby up Developmental Disabilities have chosen to “home school” their kids. They have made this decision as an alternative to leaving them in a system that isn’t designed, capable, or honestly trying to meet their needs.
I’m proud to say that in the past six years I have been retained to work with a number of the schools that ARE not only allowing Service Dogs to attend full time with their handlers, but also are involved with me in programs to use Service Dogs to help their students, as a part of their progressive response to the needs of this community. Participating in these programs is an amazing and wonderful experience for everyone.
1. Often the dogs affect not only the performance of their handler, but of the whole classroom, raising performance from 15 to 25%.
2. The dogs also become an asset to all the children in many ways, alerting to the neurological problems in the children around them, and helping to provide a more wholesome, sensitive, and enhanced learning environment for everyone.
3. It is a worthwhile opportunity, and can bring positive change, and optimistic hope.
Administrative problems
Many schools do respond defensively in the initial, denial, or rejection stages of this progression, and when initially approached by parents, with traditional, ignorant comments, already covered under the ADA Federal Laws and Regulations.
However, this is just as ineffective for them as the hyper-vigilant attitude that many parents bring with them to IEPs, (not judging or criticizing any parent trying to help their child…me too!).
In some cases we had to take the School District to Superior Court, which took timeDSCN1621 and money. It is best to try to understand them, and work with them. Many do, and some in time, with our help, see things the right way. Over the process of time, many local School Administrations are becoming more intelligent and responsive to the needs and requirements of students disabled problems caused by Developmental Disabilities, disorders, etc.
However other schools go the wrong way. They actually set disabled children AND their dogs up:
• Putting stress on them
• Setting them up with improper classroom seating arrangements’
• Subjecting the dog to situations that cause them stress and anxiety
• Expecting handler performance from disabled children that they cannot handle
What is most important for you to understand is that the ADA requirement for a Service Dog is that, a Service dog must supply at least three necessary functions for their handlers, which the handler cannot supply for themselves, because of their disabled condition, and will need to function at school. Being an emotional support dog is NOT one of these functions, but is the function of a Therapy Dog. So, if the organization training your Service Dog is training them to supply emotional support, they AREN’T training a Service Dog for you. The functions the dog does provide for you must be clearly spelled out for the School to approve.
This letter explains how our Dog Wish Service Dogs are trained, and why they are capable and necessary for use in Public School. Dog Wish is working with families and School districts in several States throughout America today, and is getting Dog Wish Service Dogs accepted into their local Schools.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE

A family came to me 19 months ago, referred by the Inland Empire Regional Center, to20121228091803-Tim_and_Kobediscuss the possibility of getting a Service Dog for their son, a 14-year-old boy, with acute anxiety, who had suffered tremendous emotional problems at school. He quietly came with them, just there, non-participative, and like he was just waiting for the interview to be over, so that he could go back to the nothingness he had come from and forget he ever came. He didn’t expect anything from me, and didn’t want to put himself in a position to receive anything either. I’ve been with kids that were severely beaten by gangs, tortured, and abused many times, and they all feel the same way. This kid had been beaten down, over and over, by someone who didn’t want him coming back.

His family was poor and struggling, obviously had been like that all his life. He just sat there with his head down, staring at the ground, while his mom explained that he’d been like this since one day when he came home from school, and had never spoken since. Come to find out, he had several experiences at school that had all but destroyed him. I didn’t want to believe that, and when I found out, first hand, that it was the truth, I was furious. However, right then I had to make a decision, and I did. I had my staff bring out a female German Shepherd from my kennel that was looking for a handler.

She was a very nice, special, loving, good dog that was looking for someone that could CODYNBAILEY2see that, and accept her as their dog. Her name was Billy, and she was about the sweetest dog you could ever want. We brought her out, and sat her next to the boy. He didn’t move, didn’t reach out and pet her, and didn’t acknowledge her. She lay down by his side and I put her leash in his hand. “This is your new dog.” I told him. “You can do whatever you want with her, but nobody is going to take her away from you, ever,” I told him. His family was very excited. No one had ever done anything like this for them, and they realized I had just chosen for them a precious, special dog. After a few minutes they got him to get up and take the dog for a walk. Ten minutes later he came back, sat down, reached over with tears in his eyes, and gave the dog hug. I gave them everything they needed, and they took Billy home.

They came back for the next few weeks and brought Billy to work with me. Each week the boy would get out of the car, walk over, and give me a hug. However, something else happened. Billy started changing their lives. Because Billy was special, they began to feel special. Because everybody loved Billy, everybody began to like them.
The big, and important thing, was that for the first time in 8 years, the boy began to respond. He started to respond to his teachers at school, and began to perform. Then, he took Billy to school. For the first time in years he began to enjoy and progress at home. For the first time in years, this young man began to take shape.

They scheduled an IEP to discuss having Billy with him. Everyone was excited, his teachers, their assistants, the school employees, everyone could see a huge difference in the boy’s attitude and demeanor. I was invited to speak at the IEP and it was very positive, and very exciting.

Then, the next week, the news came from the Superintendent of the School District who sent a memo that Billy was no longer allowed at school, or on school grounds. I called and spoke with the special needs department, and the County Psychologist. They were very strong, stating in fact that “there will never a Psychiatric Service Dog in this particular School District”. I was told not to call back, and that no one was interested.

The family, as they had now for years, continued to call, speak with the school, and found no help. They called me, and I informed them of the Loyola University Law Center, and Dr. Richard Peterson, who I had worked with helping several families with their disability rights. They called and contacted several different attorneys, finally ending up with:
Elizabeth F. Eubanks, Esq., the Inland Empire Regional Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center at the University of La Verne College of Law, Ontario, CA 91764.

The School District alleged:

1. Billy was not a proper Service Dog
2. Billy was not stable, and potentially dangerous
3. The boy was not able to control Billy
4. The school was not able to handle the liability of the dog

The arguments went on and on, and lasted over a year. All that time the young man was forced to attend the school and subjected to pain and torment without his dog. Finally I was asked to meet at court and help the attorney defend his rights. The night before the Attorney sent me the new papers from the School District. In those papers they made a whole new set of accusations and demands.

The next morning we met at Superior Court, and I was able to meet them face to face. SIMA & FRIENDSThey were there for a political addenda, and I was there to help my client. There were 27 of them, against the Attorney, and I. The last 2 meetings had gone against her, and she was worried. We met at Court, and I was called to testify. Five hours later the School District buckled, and we won. What I didn’t know was that the family had sued them for $85,000.00, and they won that too.

Three weeks ago the boy started school, full time, with his dog. They haven’t had a problem, accept now the school has to be a school and do what they’re supposed to do. Unfortunately, after our Court appearance, the Court now wants to know how the boy is doing, and this School has a lot to make up for. That was now 1 ½ years ago, and Billy has become the school mascot.

Schools do try to push arguments directly rejected by the ADA Federal Laws, and put unnecessary rules and restrictions with you, so beware. I tell my clients that if they want to place their dog in school, to let me do it, and not to try and accomplish this on their own.

Necessary Functions of a Dog Wish Autism Service Dog

There are numerous functions that a Dog Wish Service Dog will provide for their handler, which have greatly benefited them and improve their over all life. These many functions make their presence with their handler at school imperative:

1. First of all, Dog Wish changes the mentality of each dog we train as a Service Dog, teaching them on command to go into “command mode”, relaxing, releasing hyper-tension, becoming slow, soft, and sensitive. This behavior is very attractive to a child with Developmental Disabilities, and also the presence of a dog trained to behave like this is attractive to a child whose senses a hyper-sensitive. Also, this behavior counter-balances that of a child with a neurological imbalance and keeps the child from extreme high or low behaviors, which is very advantageous in a school setting.

2. Dog Wish Service Dogs are trained to smell abnormal body odors, and detect abnormal energies when their handler is projecting stress, and physically alert them by getting their attention through physical contact, whining, or barking at them, (whatever is appropriate). Once the dog knows the teacher or aid it will go to and alert them of an approaching problem.

3. They are also trained to smell the specific smells their handler’s body produces when they are going to have an emotional “melt down”, or is reacting to a stressful situation, and to physically distract them with calming movements.

4. These behaviors are important for all K9s being trained to work with people that have Autism, because they have trouble verbally communicating their thoughts and feelings, and acting on them. Therefore, the K9 must be trained to be sensitive to their electromagnetic energies, and corresponding body smells, and learn to respond to them.

5. As the Dog Wish Service Dog makes physical contact with their handler they provide emotional security: a healing and calming presence through their emotional and electro-magnetic bond, which they develop quickly. This past year several Dog Wish Service Dog handlers have gone from lower grades, to becoming ‘honor roll students’ specifically because of the presence of their dogs at school.

6. The dog is trained to be alert to the physical and social world around their handler, and to help them socially interact in a positive way, and to keep their handler safe. This year 2 different children were saved at school from ‘Child Predators’ by their Dog Wish Service Dogs.

7. The Dog Wish Service Dog has had its metabolic hypertensive energy output modified to be emotionally balanced, and has been trained to work slower, with less nervous energy. Its emotional output has been stabilized which greatly affects the handler, and others it is around, helping them to remain calm and think more rationally.

8. It has been documented that because of the calming presence of the trained and Certified Dog Wish Service Dog, in therapy and school sessions, those children with a 25 to 30% attention factor can now be 75 to 85% attentive in the presence of their dogs.

9. Every dog trained for someone with a neurological disability or disorder is trained to communicate non-verbally, without hand signals, by becoming sensitive to the electro-magnetic energies produced by the brain of that person, and by responding to the energies and projected images projected by them. This is essential for proper performance as many of these individuals cannot verbalize or communicate what they think or feel, and live in a right-brained world that others are not aware of or sensitive to, and which their dog must be aware of and sensitive to. This is a huge reason for the dog’s presence and performance with the child.

10. Many children affected with Autism can be a danger to them self because they are too involved in their own world of thoughts, and at those times have trouble relating with the outside world. They will forget where they are, or what they are doing, and can place themself in serious jeopardy. Their dog becomes a constant door connecting them to the outside world. Many, through their dog, learn to communicate and react in a more normal, comfortable, and even enjoyable manner with others, and their environment.

A Dog Wish Autism Service Dog has been trained, just like a Police K9, or a Guide dog has:

A. To stop at curbs, watch for traffic, and to perceive when it is safe to continue. Dog Wish trains Sight Assistance K9s, and Hearing Assistance K9s, and includes those exercises for Autistic K9s, that will benefit their handlers as well.

B. To walk around groups of people involved in social interaction instead of walking through them, interrupting them, or bothering them.
C. To keep proper social distance allowing others to be more comfortable around their handler.

D. Dog Wish Service Dog is trained to detect, recognize, and respond to their handler’s scent. They can search out and bring their handler home. If the handler were to wander off, become lost, become confused and forget where he was, etc., the dog has the ability to find them through tracking, and return them home. *Every week this past year some Dog Wish Service Dog has saved the life of their handler.

E. Many times a child with these disabilities and disorders will be feeling sick or ill, and not even consciously recognize this. The dog will smell and feel the problem, and react, alerting the handler and their care takers to it. Learning to be sensitive to a Dog Wish Service Dog is an important part of the process, and can greatly help the caretaker, parent, associate, teacher, or assistant understand and relate to the affected person.

F. Dog Wish Psychiatric Service Dogs come “passively protective” of their handlers and are hyper-vigilant. They are strongly connected, and do not like to be separated.
AMELIA AND HER PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG CORAamerlia at school 1

This last fall, through the efforts of a Charitable Foundation, a woman named Rebecca brought her daughter Amelia to Dog Wish for a Service Dog. Amelia has been disabled with Autism like symptoms for several years now. At 11 years of age she doesn’t speak, lived in her own world, and was uncontrollable and non-responsive to her care takers. Amelia bolted, escaped, and eloped several times the year before she got her dog, and almost was killed a couple of times. Amelia had severe ‘melt downs’ that were violent, and dangerous. Several times, while working with Amelia, she attacked and endangered our staff. However, our training worked. Amelia and her Dog Wish Service Dog bonded immediately, and intimately. The second day of training, her dog Cora saved her life, when she bolted, after training, while playing at a park. Cora stopped, controlled, and returned her back to Rebecca. Since that day Cora is her constant companion, and goes to school with her full time. Amelia is tethered to Cora at all times, outside of her home. In fact, without Cora, she doesn’t go to school. Cora has changed her life, and made School successful for Amelia, who, as long as Cora is with her, has become responsive, cognizant, and workable! It has now been 2 years, and Cora is still in school, and doing well.

This year Dog Wish has placed a Psychiatric Service Dog in School every single month, Jake & Thor 101with great results! This is a powerful and dynamic job, and there are very few Service Dog Schools in the world that have enjoyed the success we have achieved. We CAN do the same for YOU.

Dog Wish trains each dog according to the needs and desires of the client. We would also include the school in this process, and make sure that the desires of the school for the student and the dog are attended to on a professional level. This would include taking the dog to school, working with staff etc., to make sure handling concerns are provided for, and that the handler themselves will have the knowledge and ability they
need to be safe and responsible.

For any other questions and concerns please contact Bob Taylor, President and cropped-dogwish-logo_edited-2.jpgChairman of the Board of The DOGWISH, Inc. You may email me at bob@dogwish.org, or call me at 760-662-3767.

Sincerely,
Bob Taylor, President
Dog Wish Incorporated
760-662-3767, bob@dogwish.org

Obtaining a Service Dog, by Bob Taylor

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Service Dog ProgramI receive numerous calls from prospective clients daily concerning their need and desire for a trained 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 Continue reading

USING A DOG WISH SERVICE DOG AS A CARE PARTNER, By Bob Taylor

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Dog Wish provides the very best for our clients! Read this note from Jamie Murphy:
Service Dog Program“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.” Continue reading

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

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS for Elopement, Bolting, and Wandering, 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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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

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