Guess who is has four paws, a fuzzy black tail, and alerted to her handler's rapid heart rate today? This girl!! My girl rewarded a job well done with a special pup cup today from #Biggby coffee (don't worry its whipped cream no caffeine for me ;) )
There are many different types of service dogs. There are medical alert, medical response, guide dogs, allergen detecting dogs and mobility animals just to name a few. Medical alert animals are service animals trained to detect scenarios before they happen, Diabetic alert dogs, and seizure alert dogs do this. However sometimes like with seizure alert dogs and myself a cardiac and migraine alert dog there is an unknown chemical change that only a few dogs can detect. It's something that cannot be trained unless you have a natural ability for it. Since I was a pup I have always been in tune with my girl and stayed by her side when she was having bad health episodes. My trainers at @K9 Heights Dog Training task trained me to be a medical response dog so that I could help my girl as an episode was in progress. Now that we've been reunited and my girl and I are together 24/7 I've become even more in tune with her and I'm showing more signs of a natural alert.
What this means is that she has had her heart rate get high for her without her knowing, if it gets two high she can get easily fatigued or pass out. Lately, I've been alerting to her to get her attention and stop an episode before it starts. I do this by standing on my hind legs and putting my paws and head on her shoulder. Each time I've done this she's checked her heart rate monitor and realized it was running higher than normal and sat down. Then I go and lay on her feet when it returns to normal. I want her to be as safe as possible and remain seated or laying down until it passes and her heart rate returns to normal. Again this is not a trained task but it is one we are recording and shaping to make sure that it becomes a reliable task. We want to know for certain that it can be a reliable cue for my girl to find a safe place to sit down. Yay for teamwork. I'm so happy I can help my girl. #biggbynation #k9heightsdogtraining #servicedog