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Experience with service dogs?

I would love to talk to someone who has had a service dog for any of the following disorders or even psychiatric conditions more generally. I am increasingly becoming more disabled as time goes on and I feel I have no choice but to try one despite the costs. Would help easy the uncertainty to talk to others who have used them.

#OCD #PTSD #FND #ServiceDog

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The Anti-Service Dog?

If people tell you either that service dogs can't really help people with mental health needs or that a pet is inherently good for a mental health situation, what's going on at my house right now disproves both ideas.

In the photo, the blond standard poodle 🐩 is Tarquin, my service dog. The tricolor dog 🐶 is Matilda the Australian cattle dog. Somebody dumped Matilda near my inlaw's house. Why I have Matilda now is a long, messed up story. I really need help getting Matilda to someone who can properly take care of her. I've tried really hard. I really can't do this. (Seriously! Don't be judging. This is complicated and heartbreaking.)

Service dogs are wonderful, highly trained dogs who usually have special breeding as well as their training (although many are also carefully saught out "lucky" finds who also get the same training.)

More typical pets CAN be great for mental health but they can also make things worse. It is important to choose a pet carefully, especially if the person who will care for the pet has special needs or otherwise limited resources (and really who doesn't have SOME kind of special needs or resource restrictions)
#ServiceDog #PTSD #ChronicIllness

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Service Dog

I am interested in getting a service dog that can help with my anxiety/social anxiety, depression and PTSD. Does anyone know what type of tasks they can be trained for? The place I am interested in getting one from is telling me that a lot of what is on websites as tasks the dogs can do arent actually trainable and that they might be something the dog can learn once it is attuned to me. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.#ServiceDog #ServiceAnimals

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Service Dog

I am interested in getting a service dog that can help with my anxiety/social anxiety, depression and PTSD. Does anyone know what type of tasks they can be trained for? The place I am interested in getting one from is telling me that a lot of what is on websites as tasks the dogs can do arent actually trainable and that they might be something the dog can learn once it is attuned to me. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.#ServiceDog #ServiceAnimals

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PTSD Service Dogs

I am interested in getting a service dog that can help with my anxiety/social anxiety, depression and PTSD. Does anyone know what type of tasks they can be trained for? The place I am interested in getting one from is telling me that a lot of what is on websites as tasks the dogs can do arent actually trainable and that they might be something the dog can learn once it is attuned to me. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.#ServiceDog #ServiceAnimals

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Getting a new service dog

I had a service dog who was previously mh pet but I couldn’t afford to get another dog but I finally found a breeder who was in my price range so in 3 months ish (may 9) I will get my service puppy!! Im so excited to finally get what I need and I’m so hopeful that this will all work out! #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #ServiceDog

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Puppy in kill shelter finds forever home as my service dog. #ServiceDog #Doglove #livechanging #PTSD #CPTSD

I wanted to share a heartwarming story of my service dog in training who I’ve been waiting to get for two years. My trainer saw this dog in a kill shelter. I asked her to go look at the dogs for me and she did. The dog was starved. His feet were burn from urine, and he was very sick with worms and other parasites. I took him home with me after a week of being at the trainers getting treatment. I’ve had this dog who I named Zane, which which means sustain for only 3 weeks now, and he’s already a rock star in his forever home. I picked that name because he’s my service dog to be, and he will sustain me as I will sustain him. I started training him at Dog’s Play and he started to excel immediately. After just three weeks of having him, he’s already passed his first of four skill Tests to become a full service dog. He has won a ribbon and successfully worked an obstacle course yesterday. Zane is loving, smart, strong and is already helping me to handle my psychiatric disability. I plan on having a long life with my best friend Zane. Please consider adopting dogs instead of buying them. There’s so many dogs out there waiting for a forever homes. . #ServiceDog #Doglove #livechanging #PTSD #CPTSD

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Diabetes compassion dog…

I was just curious if any fellow a type 1’s have a Diabetic service dog and how it has changed their life? Would you recommend having one? #DiabetesType1 #ServiceDog #sharingiscaring

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Will a service dog help me? #ServiceDog #BackPain

Hi, recently I was speaking to a family member about my pain and got suggested a service dog. This family member has often suggested using a wheelchair or walker to help me walk as I can find it difficult sometimes. I spend a lot of my time in bed due to my pain and find it difficult doing everyday activities like going to the shops, walking to the bathroom or going into school. I also suffer with severe anxiety as well and get lonely a lot. My mum works so when not being able to go to school I am left alone at home to try look after myself until she gets home. I don’t know if a service dog would be helpful and don’t want to take one away from someone who may need it more? We also live in a rented house so aren’t sure if my landlord would allow it. If anyone knows good charities in the UK which might have service dogs that will help with my conditions I would appreciate the help! Thank you! #Scoliosis #BackPain #Undiagnosed #Anxiety

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