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| California born & raised | | 22 | | Striving to bring home my Service Dog | | Current amount still needed -----> 1,809$ | 🐾Mental Health Advocate🐾

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Alright followers! I need your help! I’m considering buying a Golden pup on my own initiative and training it myself. Currently the waiting list for the pup through ASDEC is a lot longer than i was originally told... i could be looking at another year to two years before i receive my service dog... I have been volunteering long enough I am confident I could train my own dog within that time frame, and get the bonding experience from birth forward... do you know any REPUTABLE, honest, and trustworthy breeders in the CA area? Yes, I know I could adopt- I am VERY Pro-adoption, however I am looking for a pup that has a clean bill of health and an extensive family history with one- I am trying to lessen the health issues that can come from kennels and rescues as this will not just be a pet for me, this dog needs to be able to work for a long period of time! If you know of any good breeders please message me (absolutely NO puppy-mills or any puppy-mill conditions, I need to be able to meet the parents and feel comfortable with their care.)

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Nothing worth fighting for is easy.

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Sooo. Many. Goldens!! I found out today that the wait for me is going to be much longer than I thought.. I’m being considered to possibly be paired with one of the puppies, but the puppies need at least another year or more of training... This process is going to be a long journey, years in the making - so you’ll have to be patient with me 🐾

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I had the worst night of my life last night. 1am woke up with the worst night terror I’ve ever had, paralyzed in fear, when i could get up - crying and puking and begging to be taken to the hospital - not because I thought I was going to die but because I felt like I needed something stronger to take off the edge. My emergency med did its job but took a few hours to really calm down. I felt like I had no control over my body or my emotions. From dead sleep to total fear. How long was i stirring before i woke? How long did i feel paralyzed? Would Katie have picked it up before I could and woken me up?

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Thought I would give everyone an update! This past few weeks has been very stressful/insane for me. Work has been demanding more time/energy/effort from me than normal as we recently hired a new medical assistant that I am helping to train. We also lost one of our previous employees so we are trying to divvy up her workload amongst our normal duties. Then last week my car broke down and had to be towed to a shop. 😒 Meaning I Haven’t been able to go to a training session in the last few weeks. One step forward, two steps back. I also will be unable to attend this week as I am going on a very-much-needed long-awaited planned-for-for-several-months V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! I will be away and out for the next week as i will be spending it with close family (whom I choose to also call my friends.) I’m hoping next week to resume training as normal, but i already feel behind, stressed, and unable to catch my breath 😓

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Guess what lazy pup is coming home with me again this weekend?!

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Pt. 2 of 2. In this video they moved the step stool out even further.

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Pt 1 of 2. This video shows how they teach dogs “jump on”
Short explanation- the first time the puppies are asked to jump on a table, they dont think they can do it. Its a mental block they have. So they use a step stool right next to the table and have the dogs use it kind of as a stair to get up to the table. They then slowly move the stool back further and further until eventually the dog cant reach the table anymore, so they step on the stool, then are forced to step on the floor and then they “jump on” all by themselves. Its about removing the mental block they have. After this video they removed the step all together and the pup “jump on”-ed all by herself.

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Sleepover Update!
Katie has given me sooo much relief. I felt so incredibly comfortable with her, I slept all night without waking up and worrying about her. She ignores my cats, could honestly care less- and I NEED that! Shes timid to new sounds and smells but of course she would be! She trusts me- if I go into the room with the blow dryer, she will too.
We had friends over and she waited patiently for about 4 hours, (down - wait.) I got her up a few times for bathroom break and some food, but she was an angel. Exactly what I need. We suffered through a panic attack together this morning too. I pray that I found the dog that is mine and will take care of me. 💕 Still a long way to go, but its a beginning.

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Because when your the Alpha, you can train multiple dogs at the same time. 👌🏼

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What do you mean your not riding back here with me???

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I think Katie is as happy as me right now!!

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This is how I feel right now! So excited because I will be bringing home a dog on Friday to keep for the weekend to continue training!!! We will be “umbilical cord-ing” meaning that the dog will be attached to me the ENTIRE time we’re together. Apparently this is a bonding technique for you and your dog, they (the facility im training with) recommend doing it for the first week you get your dog. Did anyone else do this when bringing their dog home?!

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This face 😂 Immediately after I asked for a smile - I got this! Ill take it Logan!

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Yaaas!! So happy to see this sign up at our local Save Mart. ESA’s are not Service Dogs. No Service Dog should ever be riding in a cart at a grocery store- it’s unsanitary, unsafe, and plain gross.
Did you know- while Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Standard Poodles are the most common type of service animals, ANY dog breed can become a service animal? Small dogs are used for alerting diabetics to low blood sugar, and epileptics to seizures, as well as other alert-tasks. And, the ADA cannot discriminate against any dog breed- so even a pit-bull can be a service dog if given the proper training and if they possess the proper temperament. (Of course most people choose to not use this breed due to public access issues.) I am choosing a large-breed for my service animal because not only do I want him/her to alert me to upcoming attacks, but I would like to use DPT (deep pressure therapy) to help ground me during attacks. For this to be effective the dog needs to be at least 30% of my weight. I also plan to use the length of the dog to help “block” when people are standing too close to me or I feel uncomfortable.

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“Anxiety is like electricity. As if someone just plugged you in. You can feel it entering, circulating with each heartbeat and each breath, and ultimately leaving your body. It buzzes in your chest and settles in your gut.”

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•••PLEASE READ•••
I wanted to address some concerns on my latest update, please take the time to read it! Link in my Bio.

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Frog legs with Maui today 😂😂🤷🏼‍♀️

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Tomorrow is training day!!

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we practiced getting on and off a bus with the dogs, they did so great! Bailey squeezed herself under the seat just like she was supposed to, although her butt was in the isle behind us, she tried 😂 #bigdoglittleseat

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I learned a lot this weekend. I learned:
1. That I have a lot to learn.
2. That I need to have a stockpile of toys/chews to keep her busy.
3. That it is okay to crate your dog when you need to get something done.
4. That Bailey does not like cats.
But I am asking for your suggestions - how did you teach your pups to consistently stay away from things (such as a litter box or to stay off the countertops) even when you are not home?
Does your dog have issues with cats? How did you resolve that?

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Falling in love 😍 She’s mine all weekend!

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Guess what guys!!!! Omg I’m so excited. I got to take Bailey home with me (just for the weekend.) It’s the first step! The first experience for both me and bailey. Here she is in a down-wait under the table while we eat. 👌🏼 Shes a gem.

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My mom got to go today too and formed a connection with Maui, European white retriever here 🐾 ❤️ Also a puppy, only her second day of training. I love that my mom is learning all the commands with me so she can help with my partner one day @fnsromero

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Learning from the dog whisperer himself. These are the puppies! Still have 1.5 years left of training before they’re ready to find a partner. Luckily I get to help train these awkward goobers :)

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Does anyone have a moment to stop and say hi to Grit?! Grit is a seizure alert dog paired with one of the facilities volunteers. Grit has scent-based training, and can smell the odor changes in his owner before he has a seizure. His owner tells me that since receiving Grit, he has had almost no major seizures. Grit is able to let him know a seizure is coming; and he can use a magnet over his chest to keep one from coming. Grit also helps with basic tasks such as shutting doors and picking things up. My favorite command to see is when his owner asks for a “hug,” and he happily complies :) Grit and his partner have been together for two years now - the bond is so strong that they pretty much read the others minds. Three cheers for Grit!!!

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I’d also like everyone to meet my friend King here. King recently got placed with his forever partner, and they work together as an AMAZING team. He is a PTSD Service Dog and provides services for his veteran handler such as waking him up during bad dreams and keeping him calm throughout the day. After talking to his handler (they’ve only been together about a month) he told me how well king is doing. They go to restaurants together, wrestling matches, and soon he will be accompanying his partner at work too. Such a great dog, a silent but perfect partner. ❤️ I am not the only one getting help from the service dog center. Since I have been there, three dogs have been placed and now It seems to be my turn ❤️🐾 I am so excited.

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Katie wanted everyone to know she said hi and also said thank you for helping me out :)

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