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Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: Service Dog Vests
« on: June 10, 2007, 07:58:43 am »
There are quite of few Service Dog equipment suppliers, but pretty much all in the US.  I got my current Service Dog's Vest at raspberryfield, but I am getting my Service Dog in training's harness at bridgeport.  But here's a few to get you started:

This one has a page of links to more Service Dog EquipmentL

"You know those service dogs attacking people everyday "

Just to know Service Dogs should not be attacking people.  If a Service Dog is found to do that they are to be retired immediately.  We do not tolerate such behavior in Service Dogs.  Service Dogs are required to stay completely safe in the public.  Such attacks are rare, when and if they do occur.  Service Dogs should not bark (unless alerting the disabled person to a medical condition), growl, snarl, or bite/snap when they are working.  If such a service dog is doing this, they can be removed immediately from the premises.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Update: Beauty's training
« on: May 28, 2007, 12:08:04 pm »
She is still doing good, but every now and then she doesn't want to listen, but that should improve over time.  One thing I need some suggestions on, as her down needs lots of work.  I can't get her to do the drop down type, she wants to curl up and down, out of the heel position.  I move her, but cause of her size, its been difficult on my back and hip.  I tried to push her into the down position that I want her to do, and she refuses.  Any suggestions that would make this easier?  She is doing well on the technique I used with JC (simple corrections and praise method).  I don't want to change my training method, just some ideas that would help without treats or clicker.  Otherwise her heeling is going good, she can do turns and the turn about heel in exercise.  She can back up and sit.  She knows easy for going slowly as well as hurry.  She does do an autosit when we stop.  Need to get my sister's 25ft leash and work on some recall practice.  She does a good down stay off leash, but needs work on the sit-stay off leash.  So she is learning very fast.  Her garbage problems and accidents have been curbed.  Not surfing the counter as often.  She likes to pick stuff up and bring it to me.  She is one smart dog, lol.  Yes she needs work in some areas, but shouldn't be too hard once she figures it out.

The Service Dog community is very much upset by this, as this affect numerous teams.  It restricts our rights and needs.  There was the case of the Pit bull Guide Dog that was taken from his blind owner and put to sleep, while he was just visiting the city.  While my current Service Dog is not affected, I am sure it will be soon, if this is allowed to progress.  My Service Dog in training, would probably be affected. I think she is Anatolian Shepherd, and the shelter I got her from said Saint Bernard Mix, which would mean, she could be viewed as banned.  Once she is trained, she needs to be with me at all times.  These bans are putting restrictions on the Disables movement.  How can we enjoy things, other people take for granted, if our Service Dog's breed is banned? Esp, when so many teams use the most common breed for Service work, ie Labs and goldens.  The ADA, says any breed or size can be a Service Dog.  You would think the ADA would override the local laws, but in many communities it doesn't. Legally or not.

Border Collie Discussions & Pictures / JC, my Service Dog
« on: May 27, 2007, 03:20:32 am »
Hi, I thought I would post here too, since I have a Border Collie.  She is a Service Dog, she is trained for Medical Alert and some Mobility assistance.  We have been working together for 4 yrs, since she completed her training at 2 yrs old.  She will be 6 yrs old in August. She is a tri-color Border Collie. 

Big Dogs with Jobs / Big Dog Service Dogs
« on: May 27, 2007, 02:59:12 am »
Hi, I am disabled and partnered with a Service Dog.  My current Service Dog is a Border Collie.  But my new Service Dog in Training is an Anatolian Shepherd.  I needed a larger dog for mobility and balance issues.  JC, my Border Collie is mostly Medical Alert and some Balance support that she provides me.  Beauty,my ASD, will be trained mostly for Mobility and balance support.  She will have training for the medical alert, but it won't be the focus.  I have had her for only 2 weeks today and her training is coming right along.  Yes, you can train you own Service Dog and certification is not required for access.  But the Service Dog still must be fully trained and be invidually trained to do work or tasks for the disabled persons needs.  Therefore, she won't go everywhere with me until she is fully trained and ready to take JC's spot as Service Dog.  JC will stay with me for the rest of her life after she is retired.

Anatolian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / My Amazon Beauty
« on: May 27, 2007, 02:42:53 am »
I am pretty sure she is Anatolian Shepherd.  Now she doesn't have the common markings, but have found pictures online of Anatolians that do have the same markings as her.  She doesn't have the known temperment either.  The last pic is of a known Anatolian Shepherd.  She could be mix breed that looks Anatolian Shepherd.  Probably will never know.  She is very smart and responds well to training.  Which is important, if she is going to be a Service Dog for me.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: New Member!
« on: May 24, 2007, 12:42:38 pm »
I forgot to add more info about myself and my little family.  I am a single mother to a 3 1/2 yr old son.  I have a current Service Dog that is a Border Collie and of course Beauty.  I also have 2 cats.  I included a pic of 3 of my animals on the night Beauty came home. 

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Breed(s)
« on: May 24, 2007, 12:32:59 pm »
Here's a pic of an Anatolian Shepherd with the same markings as Beauty.  The information on Anatolians I found state females are usually 27+ inches and 80-120lbs.  She is 27 inches and 83 lbs.  But I know many sites have slightly different info as to the standard.  She does have black ticking over the red on her face and back, as well as her tail.  Just not very well shown in the pic of Beauty.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: New Member!
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:24:47 am »
Thank you for the welcome!  I added a poll for anyone interested in helping me figure out her Breed. She maybe mix breed, but would be helpful to tell people her breed, when I am asked.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Breed(s)
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:19:08 am »
I think she is Anatolian, but need more imput on her breed.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / New Member!
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:13:25 am »
HI, I am Jamie. I recently adopted a dog that I think is an ASD. She was listed as a St. Bernard Mix. But in my oprion and others she does not look St. Bernard. Through much research, she looks mostly ASD. I put her photos in the photo file for all to see and included a pic of a known ASD that looks just like her. Now, I know she may not be
purebred. Some suggestions came up as her mix could be with a smooth collie. She does not have the personliaty or temperment of an ASD. She is super friendly with everyone, including all animals. She is not protective or territorial. We think she is close to a year old, but not
more than 2 yrs old. I joined this groop for more help to see about her breed. I am training her to be a Service dog to assist with me for mobility/balance. She is learning basic obedience very fast.

Jamie & Beauty

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