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By Rita Guinta, Volunteer Creative Writer ~ Healing Companions, Inc.
Meet Charlotte and Rosie, her psychiatric service dog in training. They are a new team with Healing Companions who have been together a little over a month. But Rosie already means the world to Charlotte and has had a positive impact on her life. Charlotte says, “Rosie tugs at my arm to get me out of bed to go for a walk. She makes me feel safer and more independent.” This is more important than might be readily recognized for Charlotte lives with the symptoms of anxiety and experiences panic attacks which are both invisible disabilities. She has been deemed by a mental health professional to need a psychiatric service dog and Rosie has been evaluated and fits the criteria by Healing Companions to have the potential to be trained as a service dog. This distinction is based upon age, intelligence, temperament, trainability and other qualities. Given the way Charlotte says Rosie makes her feel, Rosie’s off to a good start for being a loyal psychiatric service dog.
But Rosie has a long way to go. Her service dog training will consist of two separate tiers: Basic and Specialized Training. Basic training involves all the obedience training that non-service dogs receive such as sit, down, stay, etc., but she needs to perform these with distance, duration and distractions. It includes more lessons such as “pick it up,” “go to your mat,” and “tuck your tail.” Rosie must also learn not to shake in public places. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that basic obedience training takes time. Specialized training involves Continue Reading →