|Barked: Wed May 8, '13 5:54am PST |
We are in the process of finishing up the adopting on a coonhound for our son (17yrs) who has MR, PDD-NOS, Bi-Polar & Schizophrenia (that was a new diagnosis but he has been on Clozaril for about 5 years now - its been the ONLY thing to work)
Granted that is a LONG list of things but he is really stable overall but the medications he does take make him sleepy, he also has very poor short term memory so things like taking his meds (we are working towards him being in a group living situation at some point in his early 20's and we know how long it takes for him to learn things)along with having panic like attacks when in crowded areas that can not be avoided (he will ask to leave but that is not always an option) If he medications need adjustment he suffers from auditory hallucinations that are really very scary. He use to call him shadow or evil Jerm when he was younger.
The coonhound we are getting we already had a great deal of chats with the foster for him (he is about 4 months and has been in foster since 12 weeks) he is calm, smart and somewhat submissive and not phased by new things.
I do know what I am signing onto because my dog (Bella Blue) is almost finished her training as my partner in Search & Rescue but she is wired with a more dominate personality then wanted for service dog. We have used "When Pigs Fly" for most of her training along with her tracking training. It's been two years of ups and downs but things are finally clicking along and we are going to test by the end of the summer or early fall.
The goals of his dog will be to help him stay on track, getting up in the mornings, taking his medications either by reminding or alerting until they are taken and when out to realize when he is going to need the "space" in situations or that he needs to leave.
Hopefully because he has been stable for so long with only two dosage adjustments (due to growing up) he will always continue to tell someone if he starts to hear voices etc but perhaps the dog could alert him or us (or someone) to the change. I have found the sheets on the basic break down of training tasks for things but the alert to change in status might be a trick I am not sure how we will go about since he has been stable other then hopefully like my dog since she is bonded to me if I am not feeling good (I have a neck issue that effects my arms - working on getting that taken care of) she will bark at me and then lead me to the sofa to sit down if its acting up.
Anyway...I am looking forward to the group - the puppy is currently named Hansel but my son wants to call him Max.
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