support groups

Support Groups


Support Groups

You are not alone

There are two support groups that will help you in your roles as chief caregiver and trainer. 

1.  A dog friendly support group

2. A dementia awareness support group

Set yourself up to win in your duel role as chief caregiver and canine trainer.  It will be a comfort to you to have people in your life that are dog savvy and others that are aware of and knowledgeable about dementia.   Knowing that you are not alone, that others are facing similar challenges is comforting, smart, and practical.  Look into your own life and see the rich resources that are already there.  Your veterinarian, dog trainers, animal shelters, friends who have dogs, your Church, your local Alzheimer's chapter, both public and professional individuals in your patient's life, friends, family members that are not in denial, doctors, nurses, caseworkers, your state's resources in aging, and day care centers for adults.  These and many more resources are there for you.  You should be taping into them.  Seek them out and make contact.

Prerequisites To Starting Sound AwarenessTraining

Prerequisits to starting sound awareness training

Collie listens for its special sound


Before you start your sound awareness training there are prerequisites you need to address.

1.  Prepare your home for the dog's arrival.

2. Select a veterinarian and make an appointment.

3.  Select two support groups: a dog friendly group and a dementia awareness group.

4.  Familiarize your dog with your home and your routine.

5.  Housebreak your dog.

6.  Crate train your dog.

7.  Select a surrogate patient.

8.  Select a place in your home to train.

9. Keep a logbook.

Each of the above are important and must be completed before you even think about starting to train your dog.  I want you to win in this undertaking and I know from experience how necessary it is to set yourself and your dog up to win.  Just like in baseball, you can not make a scoring run unless you have touched all bases in sequence.  The same is true now.  You can not start by jumping  into the middle of training and you have to complete things in a specified order.  Otherwise, you will not have a happy, well-adjusted, working team (you and your dog) as the end result.   By taking your time and accomplishing each part of the whole in  logical sequence you will be successful in training your dog.  You will be a working team.

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