Who's feelin' LUCKY ??? "Be Lucky Little Guardian Angel" is a Pumi dog who was rescued. Now in his new (4th) home, $10.- a day will help Lucky live and train as an Emotional Support Animal for a little boy who needs him.
Be Lucky Little Guardian Angel
came into our lives at the very moment he needed us as much as we needed him.
Meet the Pumi ESA (Emotional Support Animal) in training who's changing lives one day at time...
The funds we receive from this "I love Lucky" campaign will go directly toward supporting this quirky pup with a selective food (seems he has allergies too!), medical care, supplies and equipment, as well as the most important part: training!
Most service dogs who graduate from a program spend about 2 years in training. They learn the basic obedience and then tasks specific to helping their handler. These dogs cost upwards of $25,000.- and we didn't want to take a service dog "spot" from someone with more severe handicaps than our own.
Programs that provide trained dogs may be a good option for those few unable to initially train a dog. The dog must come to the point of being public-access-ready. However, this option can be surprisingly expensive, and programs that offer this option for psychiatric service dogs — especially for non-veterans — are very rare.
While there may be a few good programs out there where we could send LUCKY, sending the dog away can disrupt the bond between dog and handler that is so essential for psychiatric service dog work.
Because psychiatric service dogs need to establish a particular bond with the user to most effectively mitigate disabling symptoms, being in contact with the dog throughout training makes it possible for the dog to learn to recognize (and respond to) an individual’s change in their baseline emotional or physiological state.
We do need to solicit the outside help of a professional trainer even though we have started with the basics on our own. We have had an introductory visit to our trainer already; and will start more regular work with her as our funding allows.
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