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Postby TheRedQueen » January 26th, 2010, 11:35 am

My newest SDiT will be arriving tomorrow night...

Shimmy is a 5 mo. standard poodle puppy that is in training for a private individual. The person was a client of Fidos, and then moved out of state. She loves her poodle SD so much, she contacted a mutual friend, (who trained her SD) that breeds poodles for Service work. Because her SD now is getting older, she's looking to get a new dog trained in the next year or so...so the current SD can retire and she won't be missing a dog. :)

So Shimmy has been with another friend for the first few months (they have Shimmy's mom too...), learning her housetraining and basic skills. She'll be coming to me for new experiences, more training and such. I'll keep this thread going with Shimmy info!
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Postby Hundilein » January 26th, 2010, 9:11 pm

I love the name! Can't wait to hear about all her antics...err, I mean...all her training.
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 26th, 2010, 10:04 pm

Hundilein wrote:I love the name! Can't wait to hear about all her antics...err, I mean...all her training.


lol...it was the "dance" litter...I tested them all, there was Tango, Shimmy, Disco, and others...very cute. She kept her name because her future mom has had two other SDs and both started with "S" and ended with "Y". :) My friend has one of the litter..."Mia" named for a judge on So You Think You Can Dance...:) Mia will be mentioned in this thread too, as I write about the exploits of this new SDiT. :dance:
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 27th, 2010, 10:29 am

A video showing our recent training outing to BWI airport with Fidos...featured quite heavily is ALICE! 8)

You'll also see Denver (red mix), Dove (field spaniel) and Moxie (black/tan mix) all mentioned in this thread...plus labs, goldens and others...:) The puppy pictured is "Star", she's 4 months old...a yellow lab.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56suqa1d8hQ
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Postby Hundilein » January 27th, 2010, 10:52 am

Very cool! I just sent the link to the rescue so they can see Moxie and Denver, all grown up.
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 27th, 2010, 11:22 am

Just found this one on Youtube...:)

Fidos Service and Hearing dogs demonstrating their skills...these are working dogs, not dogs in training...these people are their partners. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56suqa1d8hQ
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 27th, 2010, 12:12 pm

The two links you posted go to the same video. :)

It's amazing how the dogs just squeezed under the seats and were wearing the oxygen masks!
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Postby TheRedQueen » January 27th, 2010, 12:16 pm

pitbullmamaliz wrote:The two links you posted go to the same video. :)

It's amazing how the dogs just squeezed under the seats and were wearing the oxygen masks!


Guess my mad copy/paste skillz weren't working...;) Thanks!

Here's the demo video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UsM0mxNyvo

Sawyer fell asleep in the plane under the seat while everyone was talking...for these dogs, it's just all part of their life. :D Some of the dogs were a bit freaked by the oxygen mask...but the Southwest folks let us take one...so we can practice in class. :) (Sawyer just sat there for the mask...you could see him trying to roll his eyes..."whatever") lol
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 27th, 2010, 12:34 pm

It's nice to see how happy all the dogs look while they're working. Very neat. :)
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 2nd, 2010, 7:12 pm

Shimmy went out with me for the first time today...she's been out and about with another trainer, so this wasn't her first time out.

She did a nice job, but has a lot of trouble with floor changes...we went into the grocery store, and it's the nicer one...so it had tile, hardwood, and ceramic tiles...she balked each time...but recovered and walked. She didn't sniff any shelving, and left people alone...YES! She sat when I stopped, and heeled nicely.

All-in-all, a good job for a young pup. :D Next time I'll make sure to bring really good treats and work on those floors. This time it was a "I really need groceries" trip. lol

She also had a puppy playdate today at a local pet store...she was the biggest puppy there, by far...she's bigger than her littermate by a few inches. But she had a good time, and sat and got treats from all of the people there.
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 4th, 2010, 11:15 am

Miss Shimmy had a full day yesterday...playing in the snow with her doggy friends...then a trip to the bank...where the tellers ooh'd and ahh'd over her...and aske if she wanted a doggy biscuit (had to say no).

Then last night after a romp at puppy class, she went with us to Applebee's. She went into the bathroom with me with no issues...yea for walking on the slick floor! :D She did a lot of snifing, but nothing major...bathrooms ARE interesting for dogs. :|

Then we went to the booth to eat dinner...she didn't want to go under the table (haven't worked on that yet)...but I moved her under...and she settled and sat. I petted her for a while. Us humans talked and chatted, and the customers around us talked and chatted. She just stayed under the table like a good girl. Food came, and I stopped petting her...she settled down and fell asleep. 8) good girl!
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Postby madremissy » February 4th, 2010, 12:21 pm

I am so envious of what you get to do. Way to go Shimmy.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 4th, 2010, 12:22 pm

Sounds like she's doing really well!
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Postby TheRedQueen » July 25th, 2010, 9:01 pm

Update on Shimmy (who went to another trainer back in March)...she's apparently being washed from her SD career...and will be a pet instead.

Also...did anyone see Extreme Home Makeover (originally aired in May)...the kid got a Service Dog! :)
http://www.thedailytimes.com/article/20 ... feed=RSS10
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Postby TheRedQueen » September 2nd, 2010, 9:35 am

A good article on fake service dogs...

http://networkedblogs.com/7rCQY?a=share&ref=nf

Recently, a friend (we’ll call her Lacey) was over at my house. Her brother (who we’ll call Chad) is a very devoted and passionate dog owner who likes to take his dog everywhere with him, whenever possible.

She told me her brother returned from a rock concert recently, where he met another person attending with his dog. Being a dog person, Chad was immediately drawn to this man and his lovely black lab. Chad was impressed and excited that this person was able to attend a rock concert with his dog, and more than a tad envious.

Apparently, our dog-owning concert-goer gave Chad a “great” tip on an organization where you can pay a $25 fee and they will issue you some sort of paperwork stating that your dog is a service dog. Chad thought this was a great idea – for a low one-time fee of $25, he could take his pit bull mix anywhere he wanted – to the store, to the movies movies, to a bar or concert, everywhere! Thrilling!

Lacey, being a skilled reader of human body language, obviously saw my face fall as she said this. “What’s wrong?”, she asked.

I didn’t even know where to begin.

Before I get into this any further, let me state that I totally empathize with Chad. I also like taking my dogs everywhere with me. Everywhere I go is generally more fun with them than without them, with limited exceptions.

However, “faking” service dog status is really not cool for a number of reasons. Let’s explore these.

1.It’s against the law – while $25 may seem like a great deal, the fact is that if you are caught faking service dog status for your dog, you may face large fines and/or jail time. I know you like having your dog with you, but promise you he will not be allowed to accompany you in jail. If you decide to fake service dog status, make sure you have a home lined up for your dog while you are in the clink and a savings account to pay your legal fees and fines.
2.Most dogs are not cut out for service work - even in programs where dogs are bred for generations specifically to have the appropriate temperament for a particular type of service, many of the dogs just do not have the temperament for the job they were bred for. A large number of these “washouts” may find careers in other service (a lab that was bred to be a SD for a blind person may be better suited for a career in Search and Rescue) and others may be adopted out as pets. Regardless, not every, or even very many, dogs have the right stuff to do full time service work. Service work is challenging and stressful. It requires years of training before a dog can be considered well enough trained where someone’s life can be placed squarely in the dog’s paws. While you may think your dog would have a lot of fun going to an amusement park, he may actually find it very stressful and would in fact prefer to be home, relaxing in his crate with a stuffed Kong.
3.Poorly trained “fakes” make real SDs look bad – Disabled individuals already face too much discrimination in our society. Whether the disability is visible and obvious (as is the case with individuals with mobility assistance devices) or invisible (as is the case for individuals with certain seizure disorders, diabetes, or mental illnesses), discrimination abounds, especially for handlers of service dogs. Because many businesses in our society are already anti-dog, any misbehavior on the part of a “service dog,” real or fake, reflects poorly on the entire population of disabled individuals who are able to live more full lives as a result of their working dogs.
4.It threatens the civil rights of individuals who are actually disabled – while handlers of service dogs do see their canine companions as friends and pets, the truth is that these dogs are actually medical equipment. In order to be a legitimate service dog, the dog has to be able to perform tasks which specifically mitigate a person’s disability. The more people try to fake service dog status with pet dogs, the more likely it is that disabled individuals and their assistance animals will feel the backlash in the forms of increased legislation and restriction of privacy and access.
5.It is a violation of the principals of responsible dog ownership, and makes the world smaller for dogs and their people. Chad is not alone. The vast majority of dog owners I know wish that our country was more dog-friendly – that dogs were allowed in more shops, cafes, and public environments. The cultural sentiments behind such heavily restricted access for dogs and their owners are a reflection of the perception that dog owners are irresponsible and cannot be trusted to follow the rules. People who have fake service dogs reinforce this stereotype by proving it true – that we are a people not to be trusted – and directly contribute to restrictions on public access for all dog owners.
The key for pet owners being allowed more freedom to enjoy public areas and parks with our canine best friends is in being a responsible pet owner. It means following the law, even if you don’t like it. It means being a responsible citizen and using your actions and voting power to promote a user-friendly world for all dogs and their people. It means financially and otherwise supporting businesses and organizations which are dog-friendly.

It also means respecting the rights of disabled individuals and not buying into the scams of con artists who prey on well-intentioned, exceptionally devoted dog owners who just want to enjoy more experiences, in more places, with the dogs that make our lives so wonderful.
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Postby TheRedQueen » November 14th, 2010, 1:23 am

My new Service Dog in training...will be a golden retriever for a young man with CP. More info to come, as things fall into place. :)
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Postby TheRedQueen » November 23rd, 2010, 10:16 am

My new SDiT...a female golden retriever, about 18 months old...will be here tomorrow.

Her name is Bailey...which I can't stand, so the first thing will be giving her a new name. :) I'm thinking *Lyra* as she'll be his Golden Compass. 8)
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Postby madremissy » November 23rd, 2010, 11:06 am

I love that name. :)
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