My birthday was recent and as a gift to my self I picked these two amazing pups up to join my son and I in our little family but to also help me with my PTSD and recovery. I’m getting them trained as service dogs so not only will they be members of our family but they will also help me with my PTSD recovery.
Most of my posts you see me doing something fun in the gym but that’s because the gym is my release and my happy place. What you don’t see is me sitting in my car for 45 mins to mentally prepare to be in Kroger for all of 5 minutes or the time I was air lifted off Putin bay for a massive panic attack that seemed to resemble a heart attack...everyday presents struggles that I have to face and these little ones will eventually be able to go with me everywhere I go to help me get through life a little easier. #ptsd#ptsdawareness#ptsdrecovery#servicedogintraining#germanshepherd#gsd#roadtorecovery#crossfit#crossfitmom#crossfitter#crossfitaddict#fitvet#militarymuscle
What can a service dog do for people with PTSD? A service dog is specifically trained to do tasks that mitigate the person’s disability, so that might look different for different people, but can include tasks like interrupting anxiety attacks or self harm behavior. What does your service dog do for you?
so @stiles.the.servicepupper's harness got made a little bit wrong but it turns out that it was made to literally exactly what i am planning on getting izzy (with a shorter semi-rigid handle though) so she was wonderful enough to let me see how i liked it on izzy before it got sent back to be fixed. i'm honestly so in love. 😭 i might try and get one in december to start getting her used to it before she turns two and i start actually using it (in the last picture you see i'm "holding" on to the guide handle but barely. i did have to correct her two or three times when there was actually pressure on my finger, but she didn't pull at all). but she looks so goooooood in this i'm in love.
okay now just a few notes:
- i've been going to a support group for the past month and a half and while there, i let izzy loose and she greets everyone and comforts someone if they're getting worked up, but everyone loves her. she's done so well there and i think i'm going to get her tested to be a therapy dog. there isn't a test here for at least 3 months, so in that time i have to figure out how to differentiate therapy from service work for her, so she doesn't decide to say hi to people when she's working for me.
- there is a guide dog at our mall that guides his handler to any dogs he sees. today he did that and stiles, nicki, and izzy did super well. 🤗
- we stood around while the others worked on "find/go get" commands and at one point nicki came to izzy (who was right next to marissa) and izzy didn't do anything. i am particularly proud of this because five minutes earlier she was trying to play during her potty break. nicki also recovered super quick.
- DID I MENTION HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS HARNESS.
Niner sure is feeling the dog days of summer 😬 His preference is to lay on the cool kitchen floor or a chilly mat next to the couch. Just a few more weeks until it begins cooling down!
I accidentally kicked my wobbler into the little human's room. I'm not allowed in there, so I just sat down and stared at it til mom noticed -
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Not sure what to label this. Its a combination of "blocking" -keeping people at a distance from me- and also "grounding" - staying in contact with me, pressed against my leg so I feel safe. Maybe its not even an official task 🤷♀️ but it helps me, so we'll keep doing it.