The Beginnings

Learning about Psychiatric Service Dogs

(to learn more about service dogs, and more specifically the tasks psychiatric service dogs can do, please go to the service dog page and it will have a more detailed explanation)

I first started learning about service dogs as a teen.  I babysat for a mother who was blind, and then slowly through out my teens I started hearing about stories of all kinds of different dogs doing amazing things for their owners and I really wanted one of these “special” dogs.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I came across a magazine article in the Open magazine that I realized that dogs can be trained to help people with mental health issues.  The article was about K9-Helpers, a unique non-profit organization that trains dog specifically for each individual needing a service dog.  That’s when the spark happened.  But I didn’t do much about it, although I did keep the magazine to remind me what I was after.

It wasn’t until I was walking through the mall that I saw a display and Sue Alexander, (the head trainer) with her service dog and the deminstration of how a dog can aid someone with anxiety issues.  I signed up to be a volunteer, and now I help them out when I am able.  I was very eager, and still am eager to learn as much as I can about service dogs.

And now here I am about a year or so later, working towards my own service dog! WOOHOO!  I am very excited about this opportunity to help myself out! 🙂

Under Construction!!!

Right now I am going about this site trying to figure out how to best make if flow, and to put a lot of the resources down, one to help myself, but also so others have information to go through.  I am still doing things on my own like reading books, and dog walking and doing a few other things to prepare myself.

Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to see here, as I am always open for feedback, and I am learning as I go!!

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About aspiebabe

I live in south western Ontario, Canada. I am energetic, love animals, love to lead people, but can have a hard time doing so due to Asperger’s Syndrome, PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder. My goal in life is to help other people in any way I can, and if something is hindering that, I want to work through those issues to be able to help others more efficiently. I love music, animals, recreation and leisure, people and I generally love life. (at least when my depression and anxieties aren’t taking over.) I am me, and I sometimes find it hard to describe myself, although most of the time I am quite articulate. I am open minded and when feeling alright I am up for a challenge.
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6 Responses to The Beginnings

  1. Crystal says:

    Hello,
    I just thought I’d post a comment to let you know that I greatly commend you for all the research and effort you are putting into your service dog preparations.
    I have had a service dog (he passed away last year though) because I also have Asperger’s Syndrom/High Functioning Autism (still haven’t been officially diagnosed, my psychologist is sending me for more testing to narrow down the diagnosis).
    Anyway; the effort you are putting into this will greatly help, based on my experiences. If I can be of any help or just an email buddy for someone to talk to, please let me know. I can be reached via my myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/findingwhatworks.
    Good luck, I do hope to hear from you (I’m also working on getting my next service dog, by the way…so we’re in a similar boat, so to speak)
    Again, good luck,
    Crystal

  2. Michaela says:

    Hello, I ran across your website, and would love to include it on mine. I’m in the process of developing a general assistance dog web site full of information, news, stories, supplies.. you name it.. kinda a one stop place for the assistance dog community. You can view it at http://www.assistancedogstoday.com Please contact me at michaela@assistancedogstoday.com I think your site would be a wonderful asset. Thanks!

    • aspiebabe says:

      I would be more than honored to have my blog on a site. I believe the more accurate information there is out there about service dogs and the proper ways to get them and train them are vital. Also public awareness it important as well. My site is mainly for my own thoughts and feelings and comments along this journey i am taking – however, i am sure people can benefit from it a great deal. If anyone would like to have more in depth conversations with me about this i would be more than happy to 🙂

  3. Grant says:

    Great web site! I truly love how it is simple to browse.
    I am curious how I might be notified when a new write-up has been
    made. I’ve registered to your RSS feed which must do! Have a great day and plz excuse my poor english!

    • aspiebabe says:

      Thanks for taking interest! Your English is much better than many people that I know who grew up with the english language! I don’t post regularily at the moment, but feel free to send a message if you are interested in hearing about a specific topic!

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