ANXIETY SERVICE DOGS, by Bob Taylor & Kerry Davidson

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

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

Dog Wish Offers a Superior Alternative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anxiety Service Dogs, by BobTaylor & Kerry Davidson

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

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

Dog Wish Offers a Superior Alternative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sima tells her story.
“Before Buddy every single day was a struggle. Every morning I would fight with myself over whether it was worth it to get out of bed, and even the days I did get up were spent counting down the hours until I could crawl back in. My PTSD had sima n buddycomplete control of my life. I would dread sleep because sleep meant nightmares and nightmares meant ripped sheets, waking up with scratches and bruises, and an approximate average of 3 hours of sleep a night. Leaving the house never felt safe so I slowly isolated myself from everyone and everything. I jumped at loud noises or a simple tap on the shoulder from behind. I became agoraphobic and stopped going to the most basic places because my anxiety would debilitate me. Even the simplest tasks required all the energy I had.
I was prescribed more medications than I can count and tried almost every different kind of therapy recommended for PTSD. Some helped minutely, some helped temporarily, and some just made the urge to be curled up in a ball in my apartment intensify.
Then I called Bob Taylor at Dog Wish about getting a service dog. Bob listened to everything I had to say. He listened to my symptoms, the therapies I had already tried, and about my hope for many years for a “magic fix”. Bob sent me lots of information about service dogs, especially service dogs for PTSD. He told me he was going to help me in any way he could, and he really did follow through with everything. He didn’t make me wait weeks or months to come out to Dog Wish, he just simply said “come on out”, so I went.
I was terrified flying out to California. Even though I trusted Bob I was afraid this was just going to be another failed attempt to “fix” my PTSD. I was scared I wouldn’t find a dog, or that they would all be able to tell that having a dog come everywhere with me for the next substantial portion of my life wasn’t exactly something I was thrilled about. I wanted my life back so badly but the thought of something else failing was horrifying. I got to Dog Wish and I was shaking stepping out of the rental car but was very quickly enveloped in a huge hug from Bob who could so easily see how nervous/anxious/terrified I was. And then he started bringing out dogs to meet me. I had requested a female so first he brought out a female shepherd; she was beautiful but had zero interest in me. Then Bob asked if I was willing to try a male because he had an idea for a dog for me. I agreed and out came Buddy. He sniffed at me for about 3 seconds before resting his head on my lap and looking up at me with his beautiful golden eyes. And it was magic. I was hesitant to say that Buddy was the dog I was going to take home without working with him, but I knew it, and Bob knew it, and Buddy knew it too.
I worked with Bob, the other handlers, and the veterinarian on staff. Everybody was patient and kind and never rushed me. It was overwhelming but at the same time all I wanted to do was learn more, train more, and spend more time with Buddy. Bob took the pair of us everywhere. We went to Costco, the supermarket, the bank, restaurants; places I had been avoiding for years. Buddy could sense my anxiety and walked right alongside me, brushing my leg with his body, telling me I didn’t have to be afraid, he was right there. I slept through the night for the first time in many months. Buddy slept next to me, waking me by licking my hand or face when I started getting anxious. I was nightmare free for the first time in years. It had been so long that I had forgotten what a good night’s rest can do for a person. It was a wonderful few days, learning, training, and stepping way out of what had become my very small comfort zone.
A few days later it was time to bring Buddy home. Again I was nervous. What if Buddy only cooperated when the other handlers were around? What if he didn’t behave for me in the airport? What if the airline gave me issues about bringing Buddy home on the plane? Bob reassured me endlessly that we’d have no problem and he was absolutely right. Buddy was excellent in the airport and on both connecting flights back to New York. We got home and Buddy continued to be everything I had hoped he would be.

We started slow but it didn’t take long before I enjoyed leaving the house again. I started working more hours from the office and less from home. I started going out with my friends again. My therapist was amazed at how Buddy had truly given me my life back. My father apologized to me that he hadn’t known about service dogs for PTSD earlier because all of the sudden I was myself again. Not the girl who was terrified to leave her apartment but the old me who wanted to live life, do the things I love, and be happy.

Life with Buddy was a big adjustment from my life before but every part of it was worth it. Pretty soon I had moved out of my old apartment in a neighborhood I didn’t want to be in and had moved down to the beach to an apartment with a SIMA & FRIENDSbackyard for Buddy and just steps away from the beach (which I thought was for me until I found out how much Buddy loved it too). Now it’s our daily ritual to either walk on the beach or boardwalk before heading to work.
Pretty soon the anxiety that used to be constantly building was simply gone. The supermarket wasn’t scary anymore because I knew Buddy was always going to be coming with me. Running errands became easy. We spend time with my family, we spend time with my friends, and everybody just loves him. I’ve taken him to work, the gym, restaurants, bars, family celebrations. We’ve gone hiking, to concerts, to movies, to museums. Endless lists of places I wouldn’t have gone without him and now get to experience again without triggering a panic attack.
I may still have PTSD, and I may still have occasional bad days, but every day with Buddy is another adventure. We have hiccups every now and again but for the most part I just keep learning more and more from him. I will never be able to thank anyone properly for the wonderful ways Buddy has changed my life; Bob and everyone at Dog Wish for training Buddy to be MY dog, my parents for the greatest gift I will ever get in my entire life, my siblings and extended family for accepting Buddy into their lives as well, my friends for not only not caring about Buddy tagging along but truly being enthusiastic about it, the new neighbors who reached out and ran down to check if I was okay when Buddy started barking at a cat outside (“I thought something was wrong because he NEVER barks!!”).
Buddy is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. He was and is my “magic fix”. Buddy gave me my life back. He rescues me from the thoughts and flashbacks in my head. He saves me from the anxious trains of thoughts that used to be endlessly racing through my mind. He protects me when I feel vulnerable; he stays by my side when I feel strong. I couldn’t have asked for more, I’ve already gotten more than I imagined was possible.
Buddy has given me back the life I love. Going to Dog Wish was the best thing I’ve ever done.”

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

Bob Taylor & Kerry Davidson, at 760-662-3767, or write us at bob@dogwish.org

P.T.S.D PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Wish Comprehensive Service Dog Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Examples of PTSD Experiences:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOU need to be able:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results of this training are that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We do Passive Protective Training with each dog,

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

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

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

Dog Wish will be glad to help you too.

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

 

DETECTION AND PRE-ALERT SERVICE DOGS, by Bob Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

I also found that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AS A RESULT OUR CLIENTS CLAIM:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Wish Psychiatric P.T.S.D. Service Dogs, by Bob Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Examples of PTSD Experiences:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOU need to be able:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results of this training are that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We do Passive Protective Training with each dog,

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

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

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

Dog Wish will be glad to help you too.

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

 

TRAINING SERVICE DOGS ON THE DEMENTIA SCALE, by Bob Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After only a few hours, Bess:

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

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

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

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

Psychiatric Service Dogs for those with Dementia by Bob Taylor

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Dog Wish is committed to helping the families and caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers keep their loved ones and those they are caring for in the early stages of Dementia as long as possible, whether they are at home, or in a chosen facility.DSCN1620

We have a perplexing problem in our society that is affecting 35% of the families with older people in America. This problem is called Dementia. Dementia affects 3 out of 10 adults in our society. Dementia causes a mental regression in the minds of those who are affected by it. It is a fatal disease that robs them of their mental abilities to function, until the brain is no longer able to keep them alive. Dementia victims die a slow, lonely, and painful regressive death. As a result it is the most feared disorder known to modern science.
It has been found that:

• Those who stay where things are familiar, stay healthier longer
• Those who live with less stress, and are more cognizant, and can live longer
• Those who deal with less confusion and frustration, do better
• Those who are more emotionally balanced do better

A Dog Wish Service Dog is selected and trained to provide the answers for both the Dementia patient, and those caring for them.
Some of the leading concerns stated by caregivers who are working with people suffering with dementia related symptoms are that as the disease progresses, the affected individual becomes:
• More and more disoriented FLUFNNO1
• Less responsive
• Less reactive, and
• More self-absorbed
• More emotionally unstable
• More prone to emotional break downs and 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 has lost the ability to use their “left-brained” functions, cognitive processes, and frontal lobe processes, and cerebral cortex behaviors, that we all depend upon for normal behavior, as described by top scientists.

Many top studies sight the work of Dr. Nancy Minshew, and her team of researchers 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 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. Being 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.

As mentioned in my latest book, CAREGIVERS WITH PAWS: How Service Dogs are helping those suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and other blogs written by the author, 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.)

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 FLUFNNO2disorder may appear intelligent and capable, but this is an illusion and is not trustworthy. According to Dr. Brian Putnam, one of the world’s leading Stem Cell Experts, the right brain is primarily used as a storehouse for memory, and has a million times the storage capacity that the left brain has.
Because of this, people whose brains have been re-wired may in some ways possess genius mentalities, but in other ways be seriously lacking in their function 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

*Dog Wish Service Dogs are the greatest help you can provide to someone who 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.
People who are primarily ‘right-brained’ do not have the ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings that people who are ‘left-brained’ do. They need a partner who can detect their needs and respond non-verbally.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are the answer because:

• They can communicate non-verbally and detect the intentions, needs, and desires of their handler.
• They are trained to go left brained, and meet their handler on the level where they are and work with them at that mental place.
• Because of their conditioning they can counter mood swings, melt downs, emotional confusion, turmoil based behaviors, and help the handler to resolution with calmness.SAM 500
• 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.

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.

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 Partner
• 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.AMANDA N  BOWSER
• 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 CAN 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.

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.

Dog Wish is committed to helping Dementia Sufferers. We have a Gerontologist and Aging in Place Specialist on staff, Mrs. Karen Tracy Taylor, who also has Certificates in Dementia and related fields from leading HEAVENUniversities. We also, now, are connected to one of America’s Leading GeroPschologists, Dr. Jeffrey Martindale, PhD, who is serving on our Board of Directors.

Dog Wish is being contacted by critical contacts in our own state, throughout America, in Canada, and in Europe, Africa, and Australia. We are open and very interested in pursuing the establishment, and development of centers throughout the world, to help train Psychiatric Service Dogs for these people. Please feel free to contact us.

Dog Wish, President Bob Taylor, bob@dogwish.org
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Training Psychiatric Service Dogs for those with Neurological Disabilities by Bob Taylor

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The complications of working with a human being with a Neurological Disability make the specialized training of a Psychiatric Service Dog for that person a critical, highly complicated process.DSCN1620

1. It is highly important to understand the cause of that behavior, in order to be effective in addressing it. Without understanding the biological and physiological causes in the body, for the disabilities you are training your Service Dog to combat, you cannot understand how to train the Service Dog.
2. You must then address the resulting behaviors that actually define each individual who has been “disabled”, which is the goal of training such a Service dog.
3. As if that is not complicated enough, remember that each separate person is affected differently, and to a different extent, in a number of areas, resulting in widely varying arrays of behavioral disorders.

What actually is Autism, and is its cause related to Alzheimer’s?
Yes, there is a relationship between both Autism and Alzheimer’s Syndrome, and it is in our search for that answer that we will find the cause for both of these disabilities. For our purposes we will define this entire group of disabilities as an abnormal neurological development of the brain. This abnormality is caused by unusual overload of electrical and chemical stimulation in the Cerebellum, where the Purkinge Axiom, and the Purkinge Cell structure is located and altered, causing:

• A reduction in the quantity of the Purkinge Cells
• A change in the way the Purkinge functions with the brain, and
• As a result, a change in the way that the brain itself works.

We call it Autism, but what is it really?
There has been a pronounced explosion of both Autism and Alzheimer’s Syndrome since 1985. Could it be because we have created thousands of Satellites circling the earth, billions of miles of electrical wires, lap toplandon n all and desk personal computers in every home, wide screen televisions, cell phones for every one capable of handling them, and a host of other electrical appliances and devises. The radiation and the artificial electro-magnetic energy levels created by these electrical devises and appliances is becoming astronomical, and not in any way regulated.

The chemical vaccines, pharmaceutical “medications” and drugs we take, and artificial chemicals and drugs that Monsanto and others inject and “treat” in the food we consume are out of control. Our children are being given forced vaccinations that are compromising the health of many, and causing critical, serious disablements in others.

We stand around wondering what in the world could cause these disabilities that are so prevalent and growing at a ratio of 12 to 17% a year, and those who should know the answer state that they have no idea? Being that the Purkinge, an extension of your central nervous system, which connects to the brain at its base, and is used to regulate brain activity, is affected electronically and chemically, I could take a wild guess at what just might be causing the problem. 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. Therefore, even though the reason for that loss may be different for Autism, and Dementia, the cause is the same.

Most studies on the effects of Autism will refer you to the noted work of Mustafa Sahin, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard University. Dr. Sahin, and his team of researchers, found and have conducted scientific studies that have proven an established a relationship between Purkinje cells and the disabilities of the Autistic Spectrum, and now, Dementia. These cells play an essential role in “normal” brain function. Other studies sight the work of Dr. Nancy Minshew of the University of Pittsburgh. Minshew is noted as being one of the most prolific and best-known researchers in the field of Autism and the brain. Dr. Minshew has found that:

• At a certain point in post-natal development, autistic brains are larger.
• Certain portions of the brain, such as the amygdala, may be enlarged in autistic brains.
• Certain parts of the brain may function differently in autistic people.
• The Autistic Brain is “Differently Wired”
• “The brain develops too quickly…there’s accelerated growth at the wrong time, and that creates havoc… that compromise language and reasoning abilities.”
• “The symptoms are most prominent in social interaction and problem solving because they require highest degree of interaction.”

Yet, while these disabilities are created by the Autistic Spectrum of Disabilities, in the brains of affected individuals, there is a unique and remarkable counter-effect produced by the brain. “Autistic people have a reallyTHE COWBOY stellar ability to use the visual parts of the right side of the brain to compensate for problems with language processing. This may be the basis for detail-oriented processing — and may be a decided advantage!” In fact, as she describes it, “Control children can’t find Waldo. Autistic children can.”

What are Purkinge?
Purkinge Cells and Purkinge Axiom are a biological extension of the central nervous system. They serve to regulate sensory input throughout the Cerebellum in the brain. They work with a chemical and electrical physiology. When overstimulated it has been found in laboratory studies that the Purkinge become compromised and vulnerable. This has the effect of destroying millions of Purkinge, and nullifying the affect they have in the brain. As a result the brain’s Neurological balance is affected because of the loss of Purkinge Cells and Purkinge Axiom, resulting in an uneven development in the brain. Specifically, in the Autistic condition, certain parts of the brain over develop, whereas others either are underdeveloped, or do not function. In Dementia, the same process has been found to occur, which results in the deteriating of several parts of the brain, primarily on the left side of the brain.

Why is this so important?

Because the Purkinge’s have learned to operate at a hypertensive pace, causing :melt down 1
• Hypersensitivity to the senses: too much information,
• at too great a speed,
The brain responds by:
• Convulsing, not capable of handling all the input so quickly
• Overloading from too much stress and trauma
• destroying Purkinge cells and Purkinge axioms

The more we push to the left, the worse it becomes.

We’ve gone from left to Right!
The first and critically important change we see in those who have experienced this neurological phenomenon is that the brain re-wires itself. The brain re-creates its left brain activities using right-brained functions. How absolutely marvelous; the affected, disabled person can now go on and live their life, functioning differently, but still functioning. Not only that, but in many ways, the processes the brain uses, though not “normal”, are often SUPERIOR, (who wants to be normal?).

• In order words, the right brain is capable and in many ways far surpasses the abilities of its left sided counterpart, which we covet so uninspiringly.AMANDA N  BOWSER

At Dog Wish, our entire training program is a right brained process, from beginning to end. It is based on feeling and experiencing through energy, and not a rational based, non-feeling, analytical understanding. Unfortunately there is nothing artificial that left-brain euphemists can use to destroy the experience for those endeavoring to find connected and understanding in a natural setting, with natural tools, and results. Those who endeavor to short cut, legislate, or infuse the experience with their left-brained, mentally toxic, self-absorbed poisons, will be found out in left field. We’ve gone right!

People affected with Autism, Dementia, and other neurological disabilities become overwhelmed trying to understand and either re-produce, or produce left brained mental scenarios and functions, so a right-brained philosophy and technology is absolutely imperative in their learning process.

There’s more than one way to…communicate. (NOT REALLY!)
The second critical problem you must address when training a Service Dog for some whose brain is affected with Purkinge problems is to train the dog so that they will capable of detecting, understanding, and responding to non-verbal, energy oriented projected signals, put out by the brain. As you are going to read, if you will continue, the late Dr. David Kelso, PHD, a National leader in the Science of Neurology, after extensive testing, coined the phrase, “Brainwave Sensitive” referring to Dog Wish Service Dogs. He found that our Service Dogs gave him a leading edge, and obliterated his competition, for National Search and Rescue Disaster work. Why? Because, simply put, our dogs could:
• Feel the presence of 1 abnormal human being, out of 10,000, who became lost in a large Hospital.
• Or, find a group stranded in 6 foot of snow 8 miles out of town, at 30% below zero, feel their brain waves, and go right to them.
• His dogs went to a new city, and walking down the main street, were attracted by the energies of 4 kidnapped children, being held for sale in a home a block away, and saved their lives.

Our dogs are trained to feel the intentions being projected out from the brains of their handlers, and respond accurately and immediately. This works really well doing Passive Protection work, where our Service sasha n duke 6Dogs have for years now been capable of stopping their handlers from hurting themselves, or someone else, or following through with a wrong intention, by alerting their caretakers. There isn’t a month that goes by that our Service Dogs don’t save at least one life.

More than that, they understand their handlers. They detect the energy they are putting out, and:
• respond,
• on their level,
• where they are,
• with what they need.

For someone whose ability to verbalize their thoughts and feelings is disabled, this is the most wonderful ability in the world. To have a Service Dog that understands what you want without having to go through the entire verbal process, and can respond to you with love and concern…Oh God, it’s wonderful!

This blog is beginning to stink!
On 9-11-1991, one of the first calls Mayor Giuliani’s secretary made, was to my home, asking for help in the form of Disaster Search Dogs. We were still in bed when the phone rang. I was shocked. When FEMA cancelled the funding for the Nation’s Disaster Dog Program in 2002, Dr. David Kelso, PHD, the Northwest Director for FEMA Disaster Dogs called us, asking for help. The late Doctor David Kelso was a National leading Medical Administrator, as Director of several Mental Hospitals and Facilities and Hospital Departments of Neuro-Surgery, and the Vice President of the American Red Cross in Wyoming. Dave had already trained and worked with 6 other Disaster Dogs, and he needed a new dog he had purchased, to be trained for Search and Rescue. It was at that time that we had decided to include search/tracking training in our Autism Service Dog Program, and his desires coincided with ours. We saw this as a chance to further our goals, and his, together.

No one had ever trained an Akita for Master Tracking or Search & Rescue before, and once Casper came we found out why. His instinctive drives were not what we wanted to use as a foundation for the work. His drive to find food was not real high. To Casper, food came prepared, and in a bowl, which he would pick at, and meal time for him lasted 2 to 3 hours. He was very spoiled. We took our time, and restarted his tracking training 4 times, because he just couldn’t handle the stress of the track, which was not his favorite place.

BEING BRAIN WAVE SENSITIVE

Finally, I got an idea. We had been working on a program where we were teaching dogs to detect the energies produced by someone’s brain as it worked. The brain would project out these energies, and I was CODYNBAILEY2teaching dogs to pick up on them and respond to them, much like a dog learned to detect scent work in AKC Obedience trials, where they could smell the difference between their handler’s glove, and someone else’s glove. If a dog could detect that, they should also be able to discriminate between energies from their electro-magnetic field. Since everyone has a different combination of energies, each person’s electro-magnetic energies are different, and therefore distinguishable. I was right.

We trained Casper to detect someone’s energy hiding in the high desert terrain, go to and find him, and then get to eat his food, the way he wanted. In fact, Casper loved it! He progressed consistently and quickly I was able to call and tell Dave that his dog was able to find someone 1 ½ miles away in less than 5 minutes. Dave drove down, trained with us, took Casper home, and certified him for S & R work the next week. Casper became the world’s first Certified Akita for Search and Rescue work. Instead of just tracking ground scent or air sent, Casper could also locate people by their distinct electro-magnetic energies. This gave Casper and advantage that no other dog had. Casper quickly gained a reputation for doing searches that no other search dog was capable of doing.

Two weeks after Dave took him home Wyoming experienced the greatest snowstorm of the century. Dave got a call in the middle of the night. Eight men in a hunting party of were stranded and lost, ten miles north of Casper Wyoming, and were freezing to death in the snow. No Police or tracking dog could find their trail, and they were wondering if Dave’s dog might, just by chance, be capable of doing, what no other dog could. Dave and Casper not only could, Casper went right to them. It was 30 % below 0 temperature, at 3 am in the morning, in over 6 foot of snow, and not one man lost one appendage, got frost bite, or suffered a single problem, because Casper was trained by Dog Wish! Dave then became very excited about our new training methods.

After explaining how we able to train our dogs to tune into electro-magnetic energies from the people the dogs were trained to find, Dr. Kelso flew out and spent another week training dogs with us. Dave then had us train three other certified K9s for him, which he then used for 2 years, doing Search and Rescue and Police Dog work. Based on the performance of the dogs we had trained, he confirmed our findings, and coined the phrase, “Brainwave Sensitive”, to describe Dog Wish Service Dogs.

The Service Dogs Dr. Kelso received from Dog Wish did what he considered amazing things that other search dogs could not do. Along with many other things, while walking down the street one night, they stopped CASPER 5and indicated an unknown home, in a neighborhood in Roswell New Mexico. Dave went to the local Court and convinced a Judge to give him a warrant to search the home. Inside they found 4 children who were kidnapped from different States, and were holding them for sale.

Dave believed that what we did through our training gave them the incredible edge they needed to do these things. It is Dr. Kelso who documented and proved that “Dog Wish Search Dogs are Brainwave Sensitive”. It is our special combination of Master Tracking Dog Training, and our Dog Wish Energy Detection Dog Training, that made Casper the Nation’s top Search and Rescue Dog and Top Therapy Dog. Dave’s Dog Wish K9 Service Dogs were certified as Police K9s in 4 different States where they were “on call” for special needs. They therefore became known as the first “Special Needs” Police K9 Dogs.

Since then, every dog we place with someone goes through the Dog Wish Tracking and Scent Detection School, and is trained, every day, to detect and focus on their handler’s scent. We have found that this training is essential for every type of disability we train a dog for.

SAVING LIVES WITH PASSIVE PROTECTIVE TRAINING

Even more than that, we teach our dogs to detect, understand, and alert in our Dog Wish Passive Protection School, so that when their handler is going through the mental process where their brain is developing the intention to produce an unwanted or abnormal behavior, is essential, to safe guard their handler’s life. The following link is to a video made about a Dog Wish Service Search K9 dog that is doing it all: http://youtu.be/BzUak3dECi8

Dog Wish Service Dogs perform up to 6 times the number of functions, or tasks, that the ADA requires for Service Dog Certification. Although S & R training is a very important, our main emphasis is on detecting and stopping the individual, before they even have a chance to place themselves in danger.

The Results Are IN!
Amelia came to us with her mother in a critical period in her life. She was a huge eloper and had broken out of the house, back yard fence, and family automobile, putting her life in danger almost monthly, for some amerlia at school 1time. It was just a matter of time before she was going to have a fatal accident. She was doing poorly at school, with the family, and her mother was scared to face the future. After 4 days here, she went home, has had her dog tethered to her in school, at home, and all over town, everyday since. No accidents, no escaping or eloping, no more frustrated teachers, scared students, her life has been transformed. “Our Dog Wish Service Dog changed our lives. I cannot value her highly enough. She has given me back my daughter. Dog Wish did it all!”

When you are training a dog for a person with Neurological disabilities and disorders, you better know what you are doing, and how to do it. “Bob Taylor knows more about the brain, and how it works with the body, than almost anyone I know.” Dr. David Kelso, PHD

Please contact Dog Wish now with your needs, concerns, and desires. We are here for you.

bOb@dogwish.org, 760-662-3767, or go to Dog Wish on face book.dogwishlogotransbk

 

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

 

Autism Service Dogs, by Bob Taylor

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DOG WISH SERVICE DOGS FORTHE COWBOY
PEOPLE WITH AUTISM

What is Autism?

Autism is an abnormal neurological development of the brain. This is caused by unusual electrical and chemical stimulation in the Cerebellum, where the Purkinge Axiom, and the Purkinge Cell structure and fiber is located and altered, causing:

• A reduction in the quantity of the Purkinge Cells (up to 45%)
• A change in the way the Purkinge functions with the brain, and
• As a result, a change in the way that the brain itself works.

We call it Autism, but what is it really?
There has been a pronounced explosion of both Autism and Alzheimer’s Syndrome since 1985. We have created thousands of Satellites circling the earth, billions of miles of electrical wires, lap top and desk personal computers in every home, wide screen televisions, cell phones for every one capable of handling them, and a host of other electrical appliances and devises. The radiation and the artificial electro-magnetic energy levels created by these electrical devises and appliances is becoming astronomical, and is not in any way regulated.

The chemical vaccines, pharmaceutical “medications” and drugs we take, and artificial chemicals and drugs that Monsanto and others inject and “treat” in the food we consume are out of control. Our children are being given forced vaccinations that are compromising the health of many, and causing critical, serious disablements in others.

We stand around wondering what in the world could cause these disabilities that are so prevalent and growing at a ratio of 12 to 17% a year, and those who should know the answer state that they have no idea. Being that the Purkinge, an extension of your central nervous system, which connects to the brain at its base, and is used to regulate brain activity, is affected electronically and chemically, I could take a wild guess at what just might be causing the problem. With Dementia it is the loss of Purkinge cells in the brain that destroys your ability to use left and frontal brain functions and activities. Therefore, even though the cause for that loss may be different for Autism and Dementia, the result is the same.

Most studies on the effects of Autism will refer you to the noted work of Mustafa Sahin, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard University. Dr. Sahin and his team of researchers found and have conducted scientific studies that have proven a relationship between Purkinje cells and the disabilities of the Autistic Spectrum, and now Dementia. These cells play an essential role in “normal” brain function.
Other studies sight the work of Dr. Nancy Minshew, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh. Minshew is noted as being one of the most prolific and best-known researchers in the field of Autism and the brain. Dr. Minshew has found that:

• At a certain point in post-natal development, autistic brains are larger.
• Certain portions of the brain, such as the amygdala, may be enlarged in autistic brains.
• Certain parts of the brain may function differently in people with Autism.
• The “Autistic” Brain is “wired differently”.
• “The brain develops too quickly…there’s accelerated growth at the wrong time, and that creates havoc… that compromise language and reasoning abilities.”
• “The symptoms are most prominent in social interaction and problem solving because they require highest degree of interaction.”

Yet, while these disabilities are created by the Autistic Spectrum of Disabilities, in the brains of affected individuals there is a unique and remarkable counter-effect produced by the brain. “Autistic people have a really stellar ability to use the visual parts of the right side of the brain to compensate for problems with language processing. This may be the basis for detail-oriented processing — and may be a decided advantage!” In fact, as she describes it, “Control children can’t find Waldo. Autistic children can.” Mustafa Sahin, Ph.D.

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Many of the incredible changes we are experiencing in our world today have come from people whose minds have been only produced by the Autistic condition. While we have categorized Autism as a disability and a neurological disorder, it is quickly becoming much more.

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The founder of Dog Wish has been involved in training dogs for the disabled for 35 years. We have been involved in training dogs for those with Autism, full time, for 17 years now, and have placed dogs with over 300 families as Autism Service dogs. These dogs have greatly increased their handler’s ability to enjoy their personal lives, and to function within the family, socially, and at school. Dog Wish is a National leader in the effort to get Service Dogs in Public Schools, and has:

1. Placed dogs in Public Schools in over 20 States Nation Wideamerlia at school 1
2. Has a Program going with the California State Board of Education, Department of Developmental Disabilities to work with families through Regional Centers, and place Service dogs with Public School Special Needs Teachers.
3. Works with Regional Centers, etc., to help individual families with their particular needs.
In FACT, Dog Wish was the first Academy, School, and Organization on record to train dogs for those with Autism. We have clients who were turned down my Paws for a Cause and 4Paws for Ability who said it couldn’t be done, and instead came to Dog Wish.

THE NORMAL TRAINING SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRAIN A TRUE AUTISM SERVICE DOG!

In order to be successful an Autism Service Dog must be trained:

• To counter-balance the effects of this disability in their handler
• To effectively work with “melt down” behaviors in their handler
• To see their handler as their primary connection in this world
• To detect and respond to abnormal neurological activity and behaviors in their handler
• To stop their handler from eloping, bounding, escaping, or wandering
• To Passively protect their handler from dangerous actions from themselves, their environment, and others
• To understand and respond to the right brained behaviors of their handler

Don’t be deceived, unless the business you are purchasing your dog from has a Post Graduate University educational background, where they specialized in Neurological Understanding, they don’t have a clue on how to train a proper Service Dog for your loved one or family member.
WHAT QUALIFIES A DOG TO BE AN AUTISM SERVICE DOG.

It seems that everyone with a leash today is involved in training Autism Service Dogs. However there are only a hand full of Organizations capable of doing this job, and a few dog trainers qualified and capable of training a proper Autism Service Dog.

ADA regulations state that to be a Service Dog a dog must perform a minimum of (3) three tasks for their handler. As listed below Dog Wish dogs perform a minimum of 13 necessary tasks.

At Dog Wish our dogs are trained

The following video is about a Dog Wish Autism Service Dog:Jake & Thor 101

This video is about the Sakurai family, and their Dog Wish Service Dogs:

This is a copy of the Voice of America radio program:

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/58589/the-therapeutic-role-of-service-dogs-with-bob-taylor-of-dogwish

The following is a list documenting the affects our Service Dogs have on their handlers:

1. The first affect the dog has upon the handler is to balance their mental/emotional behaviors, such as “melt downs”.
• Our dogs are trained to respond to the electromagnetic energies projected by the handler’s brain , and
• specific smells being created by their handler’s body.

We have been able to document that the handlers of our Service Dogs who use to have “melt downs” every other or every third day, which would last from 1 to 4 hours before the child could resume normal activities, now had them once a week, and often the problem would last for 10 to 20 minutes, be much less severe, and much more controllable.
*This is because the dog has had their mentality and metabolism altered, and counter balances the abnormal emotional responsiveness in their handler.
• In stores and restaurants, the affected person who was before uncontrollable or questionable, now will sit or stay with their dog, and will respond to discipline and instruction much better, because of the dog.

2. Dog Wish Service Dogs are responsible to detect and alert for Seizures or like disorders. Besides being able to detect and pre-alert to these conditions, the affect our dogs have on these people reducing and stopping these activities is amazing. Our seizure dog training was evaluated and documented by the late Dr. David Kelso, PhD, (a National leader in his field), who also used 4 Dog Wish K9s for Police, Disaster, and Service Dog work for three years, (was honored as National Therapy, Search & Rescue, and Police K9 of the year, 2006-7) and coined the phrase, “Brainwave Sensitive”, referring to the special abilities Dog Wish conditions into our dogs.
3. The dogs will connect with their handler’s energy and will alert if they are experiencing emotional problems. In one instance we documented that because of an alert from our dog, the parents in one family went to school themselves to find out that their child was left on the playground by themselves for over three hours, alone. The parent had to search with the dog to find the child, and because it was trained for search it found him in a corner of the school, behind a building, by himself, crying. Further research found that this had become a common occurrence. Other times the dog began to alert, pace, and scratch at the door, and the parent found their child in the school office, in trouble. In this particular case the school has now supplied proper support for both boys. Our dogs can detect the smells and energies put out by their handlers, and have even gone through windows, doors, etc., to get to them.

4. In therapy sessions it has been documented the therapists that a child with autism, who is normally about 22 to 25% cooperative and responsive by themselves, will be up to 95% responsive if their K9 is there. KERRYPUP3That is because they are much more relaxed, and emotionally controlled around the dog. The dog’s ability to connect with their handler is so strong that their presence and the electro-magnetic connection between the dog and the handler keeps the handler more balanced, and less anxious.
5. The dogs will immediately react to whatever is being projected. It is not abnormal for one of our trained Service Dogs to react to strangers (children or adults) that are experiencing trauma around them, and tell us they need help. Often this occurs regularly in social situations where the dog meets people for the first time. Last year I introduced a dog into a public elementary school. As we entered one class the dog left their handler and went to sit by a girl who had broken her arm the day before. The dog put her paw on the little girls chair and whined at her. No one but the dog knew she had broken her arm, and the dog was telling us. This year I introduced a dog into a day care for adults, and the first day the dog alerted on 7 different people before they had seizures. Our dogs are also known for reducing the amount of, and eliminating seizures in the lives of their handlers.

6. In another instance a young girl with severe anxiety took her dog to school. The third week her dog barked at a teacher who was speaking to her alone at school. Her parents called me and asked why. I explained to them the dog was telling us he was a child predator. They dismissed my comment until the next week when two families took their daughters to school accusing this teacher of sexually assaulting them. Her dog stopped what could have been a traumatic experience that would have set her back years. The parents were more than greatful. She went on to become an honor-roll student.

7. The dogs serve to help their handler socially connect. The Autism Society of America, California Chapter, did a survey in 2009 which documented that 57% of children with developmental disabilities were at that time growing up without having a single friend. Now, as the child handles the dog they are projected into the social steam and people, their peers, who never desired contact or connection with them, are drawn to them. It changes their lives. Caleb, at the right here, was picked on and bullied before. One and a half years later, after getting his dog, he is now the ASB Student Body President of his school. This is not an isolated experience, but with child after child we have seen a complete change in their lives.

8. We have seen a tremendous enhancement in the quality of parent/child, relationships through the relationship with the K9, especially father/child relationship, which often needs a focusing stimulus. Through the way the parent cares for, disciplines, and loves the dog, the child will often open and become more responsive to the parent as well, following the dog, and learn to accept intimacy and a stronger connection. 80% of men are affected in a negative way by having a disabled child. Through the dog that parent will now become more function able with that child as they share dog experiences together. For many people this can be very powerful.
9. Learning to accept and respond to discipline through their dog is a major function of the relationship between the Service Dog and their handler. I have been in many homes with developmentally disabled people,melt down 1 and there was no sense of discipline. In many homes it is a major problem, because the child simply has a “melt down” and can’t accept the stress of discipline. However, as the child and parent work, training the dog together, and the child sees how the dog responds to the parent, they learn to accept discipline indirectly, and start accepting discipline, and doing chores around the home, just like their dog does. In many homes this is a major improvement. We work on this with every child.

10. The affected person usually uses the relationship with their service dog to either conquer or deal with their fears in a more confident and beneficial way. They feel empowered by the dog to and through their new confidence engage socially, allow themselves to be more vulnerable, to try and be open to things they before would never have done.

11. The Service Dog is trained to help keep the affected handler from eloping, and/or to find them on command. This last two years we have had several dogs that alerted when their handler tried to “sneak out”. The dog would bark at them until they stopped. This is also true of handlers trying to climb over a fence. Their dog would “tell” on them. The K9 can be trained to NOT leave the property, and to stop the handler, if tethered to them, from leaving as well. In the past year, almost every week some Dog Wish Service Dog is responsible for saving the life of their handler each week.

12. The dog can also alert if the child is just thinking of doing something they know is wrong. If a child starts to write on the wall with a crayon, elope out the front door or over the back fence, the dog will alert, because the child is projecting the “bad” signal to them.

13. Our K9s are also mentally conditioned to ignore and be neutral to other distractions, (people and animals) and every dog we place has learned to give their handler at least 90% of their focus at all times. This is imperative for a service dog, and especially one whose primary function is to be alert to the behaviors of someone with a developmental disability.

14. Our K9s can respond to non-verbal communication from their handlers, and also greatly motivate verbal communication as well, sometimes from individuals who have never spoken before. (Think about it, if you are training a dog to work with someone that is basically non-verbal, or has serious problems communicating verbally, and the dog doesn’t detect, understand, and respond to non-verbal communication, they should be considered worthless!) Our dogs are trained to respond to the energies projected by the handler.MAX2NISA 2

15. For the past several years we have worked with several families, teaching them to safely tether their child, or children, to our trained service dogs. *Though this is a sensitive issue, with proper training it has saved several lives. In fact, there isn’t a week that goes by now where a Dog Wish Service hasn’t saved the life of a child, somewhere in the USA.

a. Once the child accepts this conditioning, the family can use it to control their physical behaviors in public, and many times can do things they could never do before. I would consider that the basis for saying our program for tethering is a success!!
OUR PROGRAM
• Our Dog Wish Service Dogs are custom selected, trained, and function according to the need and desire of each individual recipient. Their performance is Taylor’d according to your lifestyle and home environment,RADAR 3 particular interests, and needs.

• Dog Wish Service Dogs are given the most comprehensive training you will find. (Very few people have any idea of the sensitive, complicated, and detailed work that it takes to produce each and every Dog Wish Service Dog we place.) The technology involved demands several fields of advanced dog training programs, combined and integrated, to produce each dog. Dog Wish is the ONLY organization that can produce the quality of K9 with these qualities.
• We have enjoyed unparalleled success with our scent detection program. We train every dog to search out and find scented articles that are imprinted with their new handler’s scent. When we work the dogs we do so wearing a garment that smells like their new handler. We have scented towels the dogs rest and sleep on that smell like their handler. What an impact this has on the dogs! Search and rescue is now a commonplace occurrence for us. Pre-detection and alert is a matter-of-fact. The dogs go to their new companion and handler already knowing them, thorough their scent.

• Our program is created and designed to increase a balance in the left-brain, right-brain behaviors and functionality in the dog, the handler, and everyone involved with dog training. It helps create a neurological balance in the handler, which increases the potential for every good desire you have for that person. It is uniquely designed to work with the mind of someone on the Autistic Spectrum of disabilities.

• Our dogs are now “Certified” for Passive Protectiveness. They protect their handlers from harm in several ways. It is this attitude of vigilant service for their handler that makes them a Dog Wish Autism Service Dog. One out of two teenagers with Autism is eventually attacked and/or sexually abused. Not one with our Service Dogs will experience this.

Recently in putting together a program for a local family with a four-year-old boy, I asked them, as I do with all clients, to give me a list of every problem they were dealing with on a daily basis, that they wanted help with. Here’s the list:

In the past 15 years we have placed about 300 dogs with children who have severe Autism disabilities, on the lower end of the Autistic Spectrum. These wonderful children came to our facility and we worked withbobby up them and their parents to instill the Dog Wish Experience in each case. We took them out socially, and helped the parents learn to use their trained dogs. They are ALL in School full time with their handlers, and the schools are ELATED to have them. They help everyone.

Our training is very comprehensive. A few years ago we trained two dogs for Mr. Boyd Bradshaw, a leading Psychologist, who is using the dogs with private schools, for his students with Developmental Disabilities. Recently Boyd admitted the dogs we trained changed their lives, and he was very gratefull.
HERE IS OUR RESPONSE TO EVERYONE WITH A NEED:

THE DOG WISH PROMISE

I have come to bring goodness:
Through The Life Force We Harness,
In Each Dog We Produce,
In Every Dog Wish Service Dog,
We Create!

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

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

Bob Taylor 12-26-2011

Please feel free to contact Dog Wish at 760-662-3767, or email us at bob@dogwish.org.

A short additional comment:

We have become concerned with pricing due to many comments we have read on the internet, so we did a composite study throughout America this last year and interviewed some 200 Service Dog Organizations and businesses, asking what they charged, their procedures and protocols, and found some amazing results. The normal Service Dog org, or business, charged an average of $20 to $25,000.00 per dog, with the highest companies charging up to $65,000.00 a dog to place. Our prices of $15,000.00 are way under the average cost. In comparison with other companies we also offer much more than other providers, and our follow through is flat out better than any company we could find.

At Dog Wish we take things on an individual basis, and every training course and dog is unique according to the needs and desires of each person. We realize that our business is critical, life and death, and life changing, and we take it seriously.

Feel free to call and speak with us, make an appointment to see our dogs and facility, and email at any time.bobnsheps

Bob Taylor, 760-662-3767

 

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS, by Bob Taylor

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Dog Wish combines the talents of several styles of professional working dogs into each Service Dog we produce.THE COWBOY

We select, design, and train each dog to meet your needs, at a cost you can afford.

• We will find the exact dog for you, and custom train it to become exactly what you need, usually within 6 months.
• We do not have a waiting list, and the cost to produce our dogs is between $15,000.00 to $25,000.00.
• Our dogs come completely trained, certified, and ready to work.
• The more information you supply to us about your disability, lifestyle, and behavioral preferences, the better your dog will be for you.
• We pay great attention to every detail of training, because it is going to affect the final results of our work.
• We look for natural behaviors in the dogs we train. Having done this for 30 years as a California State Superior Court K9 Expert, Behaviorist, and Service Dog Expert, we know what to do. For more information, read my book DOG PSYCHOLOGY 101.

The selection of your Service Dog is very important. As a dog psychologist I go through a strong, comprehensive evaluation of each dog. This assures us that we are not going to waste our time, money, and energy needlessly. Our success rate after this process is usually 100%. I don’t want to make mistakes. We are here to save lives, both human and canine.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE NEVER EVEN SEEN A DOG PERFORM LIKE THE DOGS WE PRODUCE EVERY DAY. As a multi-national and WORLD CHAMPION, I have learned what to look for in a dog, and how to train it. As a result, our dogs perform better for you.DSCN1621
• Most people, when they come to Dog Wish, have NO IDEA how blown away they are going to be. It’s like another world. It’s something you have to experience.
The world is full of millions of people who have given up, conceded, quit, or lost their dreams. They are just trying to survive, and get along from day-to-day. We MAKE your dreams a reality, and MAKE them happen, every day. It’s a fight I LOVE.
Our Psychiatric Service Dogs are phenomenal, and they are enjoying unparalleled success in our placement program. This is based on the fact that our training is the most comprehensive and behaviorally relevant program you can find anywhere today.
Dog Wish is a world leader in Canine Psychology, and use our vast experience and education to produce cutting edge results in every dog we train.
Many of our clients need to do fund raising to raise the money needed to obtain one of our dogs. Fortunately, several of our clients have been successful and are willing to share their successes with you.
Fund Raising is not hard, it just takes you telling others about your answer. You just explain why you want a dog, and how the dog will be the answer to your problems. sasha n duke 6

  • People don’t care about your problems, but they do care about your answers! If you write and call people about what your dog can do for you, and how you can use a Dog Wish Service Dog to change things, they’ll donate money to help you!

Rachel Pastiloff is a stay-at-home mother with a son who has Autism, and Prader Willies disease, (which is an eating disorder.) She was convinced nobody cared, or wanted to help her, until she found Dog Wish. We helped her. Through fund raising she contacted the right people and raised $20,000.00 dollars. Last year dozens of our clients did this in 3 to 6 weeks. You can do it too.
Pick people or friends that have social contacts like church, social organizations, etc., that you can contact, who will want to help you. Tell them about your answer, a Dog Wish Service Dog, and they’ll invest in your answer. YOU can do this. Contact everyone that you know who knows anyone that will help you by donating to your cause. Send them a letter about your answer, and our letter. Follow through and the donations will come.

  • Dog Wish is not involved in fund raising schemes. Other organizations use your name to make money for our own purposes. The same companies, after you pay,bobnsheps place your name on a two year waiting list. We don’t have a waiting list, and every penny we receive goes into the training of your dog.

Dog Wish is ready to train a Service Dog for you. Please feel free to call us, and let us answer ALL your questions and concerns.
Bob Taylor & the Dog Wish StaffKERRYPUP3

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