Rescued Pets Show Their Gratitude

It is quite normal for our rescued family members to repay the favor of providing them with a forever home. Common ways in which our Rescues show their appreciation include always greeting us cheerfully, quickly forgiving us for our mistakes, sounding the alarm if anything happens out of the norm around the home, and serving as our own personal therapy pet. However there are a quite a few rescued dogs that go above and beyond their call of duty. Yes, even more so than brining the paper in on a freezing cold morning.

There has been a strong interest in using rescues as service dogs. Across the nation story after story about rescued dogs working as “Seeing Eye Service dogs”, “Diabetic Service Dogs”, “Seizure Service Dogs”, as well as “Emotional Support Service dogs” for Veterans are being shared.

In November 2013 “Pickles” a 8 month medium sized mixed breed, adopted from Homeless Pets Foundation (Founded by Dr. Good), begins his training as an “Autism Service Dog.”

Initially Mr. Pickles will under go all of his basic obedience and continue down the road of proper socialization. These are important factors considering the job that is waiting for Mr. Pickles. If he is to wear the badge of Service Dog then he must fit the script.

After successfully going through basic obedience and proving his ability to be a productive member of the community, Mr. Pickles will start working on his specific disciplines. His job will consist of keeping his Autistic partner “Posted” and preventing escape from a safe environments (Wandering is a common behavior to Autism), Identifying and calming during Sensory Overloads, as well as halting and diverting various self-stimulating behaviors.

A long-term study of service dogs and children with autism reported highly significant increase in pro-social behavior with a parallel decrease in self-absorption, combined with fewer autistic behaviors (such as clicking noises, and repetitive spinning) and more socially appropriate behaviors (such as reaching up for hugs, and joining or initiating game.)

Traditionally breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Labradors, German Shepherds, and Poodles are used as Service dogs. In a litter of well-bred puppies, these breeds can consistently produce dogs with the correct temperaments for service work. But even in a well-bred litter there will be individuals that will not make the cut. Likewise all rescue dogs are not suitable for these demanding tasks. But whether you need the world best alarm system, a new best friend, or a top notch service dog, there is a Homeless pet waiting to contribute to society and show their gratitude.

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