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|04-06-2014 08:29 PM|
I'm sorry to hear about your panic, I used to have a lot of panic and the episodes did not last for moments but hours. I also knew they were irrational too, but it seemed like my amygdala had a major override of my cerebral cortex. Before I had a dog, I had a Siamese cat that was old and hard of hearing and he loved car rides. So I'd have him sit next to me in the car when I drove and it was very relaxing. So I definitely think having a large breed dog with you will help.
Hopefully others can expand on their experiences with having a GSD as a service dog for a PTSD person. There is a vision impaired man in my neighborhood that is on his second seeing eye dog, both GSDs. He walks a lot and goes everywhere with her, frequently to crowded coffee shops and cafes, his dog obviously does fine, but he does not have fear issues. The Newfoundland that used to live near us was friendly with everyone, even children. He was a great dog, you may want to explore that breed further too.
|04-06-2014 07:57 PM|
Originally Posted by Avanti View Post
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
For the record my guy is a working line OS GSD 125lbs In his defense his head is as big as mine!
But he had some serious big time "people issues" that I had to overcome! I got him as a 7 month old rescue so maybe he was bringing "baggage to the party?
|04-06-2014 06:55 PM|
So much good advice! I will try to respond to everything...
It seems dog parks will definitely be out, but that's okay. I'm just used to being able to take the others so it's a surprise to me but I appreciate the advice! I'm going to try to minimize my mistakes with the pup so it's better to learn from the experienced people. :] Obedience classes are a definite must, even if only for the socialization. There is an all-breed club very close to the new location so it will be quite easy for me to get to.
Thank you all very much again for your advice! It really is a great help to an overwhelmed newbie here. :]
|04-06-2014 05:31 PM|
Originally Posted by ILGHAUS View Post
|04-06-2014 02:03 PM|
I find GSDs the easiest dogs to train but many people don't.
NO to typical dog parks. Find a puppy class in your area to socialize your pup with. Find a good group of older dogs later who you can do socials with.
As to mobility -- be careful. They are not made to hold your full or even most of your weight such as you would use a walker or cane for. No weight (pressure) should be used on them before they are a full 24 months old and X-rays and evaluations through OFA or PennHip.
Mobility with a GSD would be to help your get up from a chair, a bed, or off the floor if you fall. They help give you a pull up steps, up a curb, an incline, or step over something that you can not get around. They help with your balance if you get dizzy. They also are trained to retrieve objects thereby limiting you getting up and going for the object itself. They pick up objects off the floor if you drop something.
As to a PTSD dog -- I am careful who I recommend the use of a GSD. A GSD will pick up on your emotions and if you become scared they will look for the danger. Not a problem if the handler is able to let the dog know to relax and that the handler will take care of the "threat".
A carefully chosen GSD Candidate with the proper temperament and health, the correct training and with a GSD savy handler can make a wonderful SD.
|04-06-2014 12:55 PM|
Yes, I think a GSD would make a good service dog for you. They are highly intelligent. Some do have a high prey drive, they key is finding a good source (breeder) for the type of dog you need.
Many of my friends had Great Danes when I was growing up, and although I love this breed I cannot see it as a service dog. The ones I've known have been very mellow, just not intelligent. My neighbor had a Newfoundland, it had a great temperament but seemed to require a lot of exercise or else it would get hyper.
Here's a link to a nice article about a service dog (non-gsd)
Celebrating nurses: Sarge's healing powers : Nursing made Incredibly Easy
And here's a recommendation for an enjoyable fiction read about a GSD K9 who has PTSD. The book describes german shepherds extremely well, it was as if the author lived in our home they way he wrote about all the dog's details.
Suspect, by Robert Crais
|04-06-2014 03:14 AM|
Originally Posted by Avanti View Post
Info here in post 8
You were lucky lots of folks have no problems at dogs parks... lots of folks don't. Cesar Millan builds his career on dog park folks. Cesar 911 every week...here we go again! But hey maybe that's why he never says... don't go to dog parks?? There good for business!
In simple terms you put your dog at risk, if he gets attacked he can easily become a fear bitter or dog reactive Second if your dog is allowed to run around out of control, he can easily learn that you don't matter. My guys never did dog parks they never had issues caused by other peoples dogs.
They were taught to ignore other dogs not to be other folks chew toy! No "dog parks" no "I thought my dog was friendly folks??"
Don't need the hassle I put too much time and effort into my dogs to risk them getting hurt or developing issues, that "I" have to fix.
And you're not going to see Service dogs, Seeing eye dogs or K9's at a Dog Park..unless you take yours??
|04-06-2014 02:56 AM|
Here is some good reading for you. There is a breeder directory also. It might make things easier for you.
German Shepherd Guide - Home
|04-06-2014 01:21 AM|
When I was in Arkansas I flew to Oregon to pick up a pup. It wasn't that expensive. Besides, it worked for a vacation, too. She flew as carry on & I think it was 75 to 100$ fee. That was about 4 years ago. So, to me, no, it doesn't make sense not to ship or to go pick up.
You want a pup suitable for a specific task. With good health and excellent temperment & very specific drive levels. I'd watch what other constraints I put on this if I were in your position. It's a little like me and lottery tickets - they haven't had the winner for sale any time I was at the store -- so I haven't bought the ticket yet.
But it is your pup & your situation. We've at least got you out of coat-type preferences (I love long coats having had two myself - but I didn't specifically look for long coats and I currently have one very tight coated dog and the pup is "to be determined". I get what the breeder has that he thinks is suitable for me.)
|04-06-2014 12:53 AM|
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