- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
I’ve seen online they have seizure response dogs and seizure alert dogs. I know the difference but I’ve read critisism concerning training a dog to be an alert dog and what to know if anyone has any info or opionions or experiences with these.
I adopted a dog a few years back who was a lhasa apso mini poodle mix
He was my pal. He followed me EVERYWHERE. If I took a shower he would lay by the bathroom door until I came out. He was stuck to me and was very protective over me and such a smart guy. Seriously smart.
And while I had him I was in the midst of my seizure episodes. He wasn’t there for either of the grand mal seizures but he snapped me out of what could have been petits or even grand mals or whatever they are called (I’ve not been diagnosed epileptic as I just got medical and they are giving me the runaround and this “could be a previous medical condition that we can not treat” but I’ve had a few seizures that started in mid 2011. I thankfully haven’t had one since May though 🙂
So this dog ^ was great. So many times I would be laying there or sitting there and all of a sudden feel like I was being pulled into my head, everything would get far away and sound muffled. As soon as this started he’d start growling and barking. He did this quite a bit.
One time I’d decided to cook spaghetti o’s for lunch (OK I was being lazy) and I sit on the couch. Next thing I know the house is FULL of smoke, all three smoke detectors are going off and all I can hear at first is my little guy barking at me. He did this every time and snapped me out of whatever got ahold of me. Which is great since I spend the majority of my time alone with my 4 year old daughter.
I don’t know if he would have been an “alert dog” or a “response dog” as he typically only barked when the feelings started, but whatever he was he really helped me so much.
But unfortunately while a relative was caring for him when we were out of town he got hit by a car. I was so devestated. It was really upsetting as I’m sure others can tell.
We have another dog whom I love, she’s a big goof ball of a dog. A lab and so fun but she never noticed the feelings and never acts on it or anything. She just goes about her business.
So my fiance says I can get a puppy when we get married and I’m hoping to get one like the one we had, not necessarily the breed but one that will respond. I’m open to adopting the service dogs but don’t necessarily need to have a “service animal” so long as I can train it to respond like the one before.
I have friends who are dog trainers that could help but I don’t know if there is a special breed of dog, if there is a way to train them to be alert dogs or just a way to train to be response dogs.
So if anyone has any information on this please help me out! It’s comforting knowing you have a friend in a dog and the dog can help keep you safe.
Sorry for the book and thank you for reading and any information :