Well, hey y’all! My name is Dozer and I’m a Service Dog in Training. Momma thought y’all might want an insider look at what a service dog does for a veteran and I’m honored to serve so let me give y’all the low down.
First some history on how I got to be where I am. Yes, I am a rescue dog. Proud of it! I was rescued from a local shelter in the area and while a very low percentage of shelter dogs have the temperament to be service dogs, I showed the right stuff. What’s the right stuff? The list is long but the general rule of thumb is no aggression, mild temperament, easy to train and young.
My veteran has PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) that affects him in different ways. While in training, I’m learning what stresses him out and how I can help him. One of my favorite things to do is when he’s stressed, I nudge his hand. He really likes that, too. Sometimes I have to nudge him a few times when we are in big crowds but I am up to the challenge.
When my vest comes off, momma says I get crazy. It’s my way of relaxing, too. Taking the stress from my veteran is hard work, and while we are both in training, sometimes we both have really hard days and need an off day. Momma says everyone needs off days where they can just “be” and I think that’s a good plan. I know I feel better after I have my off days because I’m always ready to get back to work serving my veteran afterward.