Our new 4-legged friend and rescue dog, Cooper, is adjusting well and has helped us all try to mend our hearts. I hope we are returning the favor for him. The poor fella had been rejected twice in his 3 1/2 years. No idea why. He has such a sweet nature. My guess is that his size and his need for space and exercise would be hard for some to meet.
I’ve been trying to push through and walk him more days than not and it had me thinking about service dogs. Cooper is very large and very smart. I have heard before about dogs that are trained to be balance dogs just as some dogs are hearing dogs or are dogs trained to help the blind. At this point, I don’t need a balance dog, but I wondered what it would take to get just a normal smart dog like mine to be helpful in certain situations. For example, if I fell and needed help getting up. Or if we were on uneven terrain, like hiking (which I love), could we train him to stay with me and help bear some of my weight? I know these dogs exist and are trained to do so much more and can cost thousands of dollars. I am fascinated by what dogs can learn and do.
Here’s one link I found that trains balance dogs as well as some other types. I’m not advocating them. Just offering them as an example.
Hope everyone is well. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things and get my mind back on track. Seems like I’ve got writer’s block or something…