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Dog Wish Passive Protective Service K9 Dogs, by Bob Taylor

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By Bob Taylor, President & Founder of Dog Wish, bob-heros

According to the ADA, effective on March 15, 2011
New ADA Service Animal Regulations were issued that were specific for people with developmental disabilities.

1. Those new regulations include: § 36.104 Definitions. “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to…provide non-violent protection or rescue work.”

A BRIEF HISTORY
Besides being the founder and creator of The Dog Wish, Incorporated I also am:

• A Multi (18 time) National Dog Sports (Police Dog) Champion,
• A 12 time member of the German Shepherd Dog Club Working Dog Association World Team, who competed, representing America, at the World Championships, and produced some of the highest scoring dogs there.
• A 35 year California Superior Court K9 Expert, who assisted in writing the current “Dangerous Dog” laws and regulations, and trained over 1,000 “dangerous” dogs.

As such, in the past 35 years of work, I created a higher standard for working Police typed dogs, known as “Passive Protection” dogs. These dogs were trained to do Police work without being violent towards anyone. For years we did demonstrations for the Southern California Police Officers Association at County Fairs, etc., where we could literally:

• turn our dogs loose in crowds of thousands of people,
• and let them do searches,
• find criminals, and stop them,
• and transport them back to us,
• in the midst of thousands of people,
• without any fear of one of the dogs hurting anyone.

Of course we were used by the community to promote positive image for Police K9s, and to show insurance companies that working Police dogs could be safe and non-vicious.

In the early 2000s, I had a client who suffered from deafness. She had 13 serious ear surgeries, and because of her disorder, also lived “in home” with very few friends. In a heartwarming experience, I trained a dog for her that changed her life. Some months later that dog was stolen from her by a gang of thugs that saw her walking the dog, beat her up, and took the beautiful animal. She never saw the dog again, and it broke my heart. I decided that, that incident was never going to happen to one of “my” kids, again. I started providing non-violent, Passive Protection dogs for Dog Wish Recipients.

EXPANDING OUR PASSIVE PROTECTIVE WORK
At the same time our work with the disabled community has grown greatly, and MANDY8this year we have already been honored as “America’s Leading Charity” by two National Organizations. In evaluating our present program for our Service Dogs, we have realized in a new way that one of the primary considerations, which separates Dog Wish Service Dogs from other dogs, is that our dogs are NOT trained after the fundamental type used by other organizations. We do not produce a “Guide Dog” mentality or behavior in our dogs. Our Service Dogs are actually more like “Police K9” dogs in that they operate out of a passive protective concern for their handlers.

• We specifically look for a Police type K9 in every dog we select.
• We choose dogs for training that possess an empowering vigilance in watching over their handlers.
• The primary concern for each dog is to passively protect their handler:

1. From them selves
2. From their environment
3. From hurtful actions and behaviors
4. From brain and body disorders
5. From harmful habits
6. From others

What was once a single focus, has evolved to become the primary focus of our dogs “work”. We now realize that the superior style, separating our dogs from other Service typed dogs is that our dogs are chosen, trained, and work to be:

• more focused,
• tuned-in,
• vigilant,
• and diligent,

Because they see themselves as there to provide the protection their handlers need and deserve.

DISABLED PEOPLE NEED FAR MORE PROTECTION THAN OTHERS:

• They are targeted and attacked many times as often as those without disabilities by criminals, sexual predators, bullies, and dangerous animals.
• They are prone to behaviors that are critical and possibly dangerous like eloping, running into traffic, getting lost, mis-using home appliances improperly, falling, etc.
• Because of their disabilities and disorders they are vulnerable and prone to behaviors that demand detection and protection such as seizures, melt downs, blood sugar and pressure problems, etc.

These problems demand the passive protection from others that can be exhaustiveFLUFNNO1 and cause critical problems for their care-takers. A dog trained to be focused, vigilant, and diligent, who is genetically instinctive, and given advanced special conditioning, to provide a passive protection, that only they could provide, can be an invaluable asset for any handler.

In Conclusion
This type of work needs to be done by experts, people who have been training hundreds of dogs for this type of work for years. This is NOT the kind of work that should be attempted by someone with good intentions, and lack of experience. This is what we do, what we’ve done for 35 years, and what we have proven our superiority in National and International competition against over 10,000,000 professional competitors from around the world, and for top Corporations in their efforts to protect the top VIP Clients in the world.

At Dog Wish, since we train our dogs for people with disabilities, we also train them to compensate for their handler’s inability to handle them properly. Our dogs perform as they have been trained, NOT according to their handler’s abilities to make them work.

If you desire more information contact Bob Taylor at 760-662-3767, http://www.dogwish.org, or bob@dogwish.org.

THE NEED FOR A DOG WISH DEMENTIA SERVICE DOG, by Bob Taylor

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3 dogAccording to reports compiled by leading Psychologists, Alzheimer’s Syndrome and Dementia, next to Cancer, are the most feared disorders we face today.  I remember having read the book, “LOOSING MY MIND”, by Thomas DeBaggio, and how personally terrified I was, and happy when I could finish and could put the book away.   Yet, I think about that book, every day, and thank God that I don’t have dementia.

While receiving many emails and phone calls from people across the Nation who are caring for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Syndrome, I have found that as people become disabled with dementia many do not understand what is happening, or how far this mental disorder has affected their mental capacities.  Because of the fear and embarrassment many people contend with, they go into denial, and refuse to discuss their mental state of being, even with those closest to them.  This makes trying to understand and help them very hard.

Unless you are a professional, you may not realize how far your loved one has progressed, and a large majority of those I have seen and evaluated are much further along than their families and friends realized.   Because of this, a majority of those who love and wish to help those with these disorders end up confused, frustrated, or feeling helpless.  Unfortunately, more than not they end up simply reacting to the tragic and heart wrenching behaviors that accompany this debilitating disorder, because they don’t know what else to do.

“Bob, My wife was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in early 2010. She was FLUFNNO2diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment in fall 2006. She is 65 years old and currently taking Namenda and Galantamine for her symptoms.  Her difficulties include:

  • visual-perceptual discrimination,
  • difficulty finding words or getting the wrong word (ie. Calling  snow rain),
  • finding things around the house,
  • starting a sentence but being unable to complete it,
  • difficulty reading and following simple directions (ie when told to turn something around, she turns it over instead).
  • She cannot dial the phone but uses her cell phone contacts list to make calls by name.
  • She hasn’t used the computer in two or three years.

For fitness and mental health she walks on a regular basis. Having an assistance dog would give her the confidence to walk different places than she currently does.  She has only driven three or four times in the last year. (The last time was four months ago.)  I manage all of our finances, meal planning and calendar. She helps with meal prep, making financial decisions and planning our time together.”  This person told me in a telephone conversation, “it’s really hard.  My wife doesn’t think she is slipping, won’t discuss her mental problems, tries to hide them, and becomes very emotional when we talk about them.”

I therefore have found that many people relate getting a trained Service Dog with:

  • Their inability to function in an approved and accepted way,
  • Mental acceptance that they are losing their mental capabilities
  • Becoming so incompetent that they need assistance from an animal
  • Failing in their life, and their relationship with you

Many people, while considering the benefits of having a Dog Wish Service Dog, which so far have been phenomenal, waste months and even years of time before coming to the conclusion to get a dog, as a “last-ditch” effort to save their loved one.  Instead, this should be a primary consideration, and one of the FIRST things you do.  Obtaining one of our dogs may be the key to keeping your loved one at home, happier, healthier, and more functional!

Getting an expertly trained Dementia Service Dog can help you function:

  • With less stress and trauma
  • Without progressing as rapidly with your dementia disability
  • With less stress on your caretaker(s)
  • More independently
  • With more confidence and sense of empowerment

A Dog Wish Service Dog can help at any level of your disorder: 

  • It’s never too soon!
  • It’s never too late!  We are working with a number of facilities throughout America to who see the advantages of using our dogs as a Facility, and with individual clients.
  • Especially if you have to change locations, a Service Dog with be indispensable.
  • It’s not your ability to handle your dog, we train our dogs to compensate for your disabilities.
  • You don’t have to be right for our dog, because we’ll chose and train your dog to be right for you!

A Dog Wish Service Dog enhances your ability to provide love, mental HEIDEclarity, communication, and proper care, to your love one.

  • The sooner you get your dog, the longer you can keep your loved one on the level where they are at.
  • There is a potential to actually improve and reverse their brains regressive process.
  •  Because of their natural “right brained” orientation, combined with our enhanced training, our trained Dementia dogs are capable of understanding and responding to their handlers on a level that we aren’t.
  •  As they start handling and bonding with their Dog Wish Service Dog it quickly becomes obvious what isn’t there that should be, what’s happening inside that shouldn’t be happening, and how they need to be approached and responded to.
  • With a trained Service Dog you can be pro-active, and much more in “control” because the dog will feed you the information you need that your loved one can’t.

Because the dog is trained to passively protect their handler:

  • Your loved one will be safer
  • Your home will be safer to use, navigate, and live in.
  • Criminals and strangers will be alerted to, stopped, and responded to properly.
  • Your dog will stop their handler from hurting them self
  • Your dog will stop their handler from leaving the home, going into the street, leaving  the neighborhood, etc., incorrectly

A CERTIFIED AGING IN PLACE SPECIALIST

Besides our Service Dog program, when someone purchases a dog from Dog Wish we help in another way as well.  In addition to providing an exceptional service dog to meet your specific needs, my wife, Karen Taylor, can assist you with home safety and comfort issues for your loved one with dementia.  We find that most of our clients are not aware of the progression (physical and mental changes) of dementia and the changes that are required to stay in one’s home.  Karen is trained in health, safety and adapting homes for aging in place and for those suffering from dementia.  Karen Taylor is:

-           a “Certified Aging in Place Specialist” by the National Association of Home Builders and AARP.

-           a “Certified Home Modification Practitioner” by Innovative Design Environments for an Aging Society.

-           Currently working on completing a certificate in “Mental Health and Aging” (focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia) from Boston University.

-           a “Registered Environmental Health Specialist” in California.

-           a retired Health Inspector with 25 years of experience with Riverside County Environmental Health Department.

-           She was named “California’s Environmental Health Specialist of the Year for 2005” by California Environmental Health Association for her outstanding work to protect the public’s health.

Karen is now part of the Dog Wish team, and is ready to help any client who needs her.  The goal of Dog Wish is to help your loved one stay in their home, safe, happy, and loved, as long as possible.  It is also to equip you with a dog that can go anywhere you go, and help you in every way you need.

If you have a loved one with dementia, and have questions, concerns, or want more information call Bob Taylor at 760-662-3767, email me at bob@dogwish.org, or go to http://www.dogwish.org.

DOG WISH SERVICE DOGS & MATURITY LEVELS, by Bob Taylor

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Obviously, every characteristic of a Dog Wish Service Dog is critically important, BOBNBLAKEand cannot be overlooked or underestimated.  Every quality in every dog we produce is precious, and important.  As mentioned in my blog, “Working with your Dog Wish Service Dog”, a Dog Wish Service Dog is critically evaluated, and selected, specifically:

  • To match the personality and life style needs of their handler
  • To possess the qualities that will empower and enable the functionality and overall abilities in their handlers, to live better, and more complete lives.
  1.  Dog Wish is unique in that we don’t choose, evaluate, and train a good dog, and then find and train a handler to fit that dog.  Instead, we evaluate and study our recipients, and then find and train THE dog that will suite, fit, and work with and for them the best.
  1. In doing so, we first of all spend more time finding out about our recipients, collecting information from proven professionals about them, and understanding their disability problems, and the needs they have, because of those disabilities.  Then, once we a have a clear picture of who we are working for, we proceed to find them the right dog.   This is an exacting process that requires tremendous time, concern, and effort.  It is a part of the process that is greatly overlooked by most organizations.  In doing so we have found several agencies that in evaluating and reporting on our recipients, were lacking in the necessary scope and detail concerning crucial details about them, that we do find and note.

This is a significant point to consider, because missing and omitting critical concerns about the person we are working for means we aren’t even considering their real and critical needs.  As I have said many times, our work is a life and death serious work, and everything we can do for our clients is a primary thrust to us.

Too often, when we consider the qualities that are present in a dog, that make it a great working dog, what we don’t consider what isn’t there, that isn’t going to take away from the dog’s ability to make a life transforming difference, in the life of our client.  Sometimes, what ISN’T there is just as or even more important, than what IS there.

MATURITY LEVELS IN SERVICE DOGS

A major consideration in selection process that is significantly overlooked is the maturity level in the individual dog that we select for our client. 

  • If you place an adult dog with a higher maturity level, with a child possessing a typical 4 to 8 year old maturity level, the dog will quickly choose to ignore the child, and seek for a relationship with someone they can identify with.  No matter how well your dog is trained, if they don’t want to work with their handler, you don’t have a team.
  • If you place an immature, childlike, needy Service dog, with a mature, older handler, the handler will quickly choose to ignore the dog, and seek for help elsewhere.

The dynamic of the personal relationship between the dog and their handler may not be a critical with a “guide” dog, or a dog trained to retrieve objects, but with a Psychiatric Service dog it can be lifesaving!

First of all, as noted in my books “Training Psychiatric Service Dogs, Service Dogs for Autism, and Raising Working Dog Pups”, a major misconception, made even by several “professionals”, is that of confusing a dogs’ maturity with their mentality.

A dog’s mentality can best be understood by evaluating their temperament, which is a combination of their instincts and drives, which you can read about in detail in my books, available on amazon.com.   Temperament has a lot to do with the role that a dog assumes with their pack, and handler, and how that role affects their behavior.

Maturity levels are involved with more of the emotional issues created by the brain of the dog, the way they perceive experiences and respond to them, their ability to handle stress, combined with their temperament, produces what we call their level of maturity.

My dog sees himself as a four year old child.  He has a very low level of maturity.DUKE +  It’s hilarious!!  He cracks you up with his little boy typed maturity, by the way he does things, and reacts to situations.  He’s 130 pounds, scares everybody he meets, and cries when I go out without him.  He loves little dogs, kids, babies, and cats.  He identifies with a three-year-old toddler more than anyone else.  He’s a great kids’ dog.  At the same time he has a defense drive that could impress the Baltimore Raven’s football team.  Because of this lower level of maturity many Cane Corso dogs make great children’s Service Dogs.  Yet, because of mis-breeding, and higher temperament levels, very few are actually capable of being good Service Dogs.  I have raised a good percentage that could do the work, but many became aggressive with children, or loved children but were aggressive with adults.   As a world class expert who has trained
“dangerous dogs” for some thirty years, I have learned how to raise and handle dogs with strong temperaments and unusual maturity levels.  However, the normal trainer, and a high percentage of the normal public hasn’t.  Therefore, even though I own Cane Corso dogs, and probably always will, I have decided to stop using them with the general public.

We had over 50 major successes in the past 18 months, placing dogs who possessed immature maturity levels, and identified themselves with 5 and 6 year old, or 9 and 10 year old children.  For some dog trainers who don’t understand what we are doing the fact that we place 11 to 12 month old dogs as Service Dogs with children that have Autism has steeped controversy.  Those trainers believe that is too young for the dogs to work with them correctly.

First of all those trainers do not have the education, background, expertise, or ability to provide the comprehensive evaluations which I, in my 40 years of international field work, and my multi-college degrees do have.  I have gone way beyond the norm with my pursuit to provide a real world-class quality for my training, to my clients.

Next, the training we do is more diversified than others provide, and does give our Dog Wish Service Dogs a broader education and perspective than other schools provide.  We use several different fields of work which our dogs are exposed to and learn from, that others can’t just copy or try to duplicate.

Our training is more intense than that of other schools.  Simply put, being a graduate of schools like Los Angeles Police Academy, (the leading academy of Police Science in the World), the German National School of Police and Industrial K9s), in Munich Germany, where they provide the most intense K9 Police training in the world, I have been able to create a Service Dog Academy that does not have an equal.

Our training takes our Dog Wish Service Dogs in training to higher levels of ability in the fields of Detection, Communication, and Mental Development.  While we provide this intense, highly developed education on one hand, because our methods are based on pure instruction, and do not include stress or trauma for the dog, they leave the dogs natural and original personality untouched, and enhanced.  Therefore, what we are doing produces incredible focus and responsiveness, without raising the maturity level in the dogs we train.

This gives us the ability to produce a superior dog for a child with Autism, or a person disabled with Alzheimer’s Syndrome.

Therefore, we can place a dog earlier, and yet, even better trained, than our competition.  We didn’t create this to beat our competition.  We have no desire to hurt anyone.  We have done it to simply give YOU a better dog.

Our clients are disabled.  They don’t have the ability to handle or maintain a dog, so they must have a dog that wants to perform, will maintain and even improve itself, and can be responsible for them as well.  Yet, at the same time, the dog MUST work on a level of maturity that our clients can enjoy and relate to.

A good point in case here is the fact that more and more seniors are being disabled with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  What most people, even their family, do not realize is, that as this disorder affects their mind, they regress, and their maturity is sometimes greatly lowered.  I have clients who are in their mid and late sixties, who relate on the level of a 16 or and 18-year-old teenager.  It is very dangerous for them.  They need a dog who responds with behaviors of a mature, vigilant companion, but who relates to them with a lower maturity level.

This may seem extremely sensitive to you.  Where do you find a dog with these SAM 5qualities, who can behave in this manner?  You simply, can’t, find dogs like this.  You have to create them.  This is, in itself, a very delicate procedure.  In doing so, we eliminate, and add, new qualities to the dog through our conditioning, which takes dog training to a new level.   In order to do this we have to modify the dog’s ability to receive instruction, communicate on an enhanced higher level, and respond with dynamic performance.  Because no one else works this way, or understands and applies this type of instruction, of course they don’t even believe it can be done.  It’s called being unprofessional, and stupid, at the expense of your client, and at Dog Wish it’s a good way to get fired.

This is why others don’t understand what we are doing, because they have never done it, and aren’t capable.  Dog Wish has been cutting edge for years, working with leading Universities since the late Doctor David Kelso, one of America’s leading Medical and Legal experts of Neural Science, Behavior, Surgery, and Director of Several Facilities, and Hospital Departments of Neural Surgery, aand the FEMA Director of Disaster dogs for Northwest United States, became formally associated with Dog Wish, and a member of our staff.  Doctor Kelso became intensely involved with Dog Wish after I trained his Akita Casper to Certify as a Search and Rescue K9, and shortly afterwards, Casper became the leading Search dog in America, by FEMA and the Red Cross, and was recognized at the Top Therapy Dog in America by Assistance Dogs International!  Doctor Kelso is documented as stating, “Dog Wish Search K9s are superior because they are BRAIN WAY SENSITIVE,” an effect of our training that we use to train our Seizure Alert, and all other Psychiatric Dog Wish Service Dogs.

However, when we realized that we had to match the maturity level in the handler, with the maturity level in the dog we trained for them, it turned our business upside down.  We started noting success in the dynamic relationships we created between our dogs and their handlers, possible only with our training.  We also found that when a dog started into adolescence, if they were not already bonded with their child handler, this type of relationship was not possible.  For this reason we have found that bonding trained dogs going through puberty with younger children WAS very successful, and no longer will place a dog over 1 year of age with a child, and expect any type of success.

The problem that a lot of trainers have is that they use the old styled guide dog LANDENFLUFperformance criterias  on clients with Psychiatric and neurological needs, and miss the boat completely.  I think a lot of the problem there is a lack of education, and personal development.  You can’t teach what you don’t know, and you can’t adequately respond to your clients if you aren’t trained yourself properly.

There are those who stand back and criticize me.  What I am writing is based on dog training principles proven years ago, documented positively, by experts, and verified by leading Psychologists I have trained dogs for, for over 15 years now.

If you are interested and would like more information contact me.  Bob Taylor, President, The DOG WISH, Inc, http://www.dogwish.org, bob@dogwish.org, 760-662-3767

DOG WISH SEIZURE DETECTION SERVICE DOGS! by Bob Taylor

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For 10 years now, DOGWISH has trained Service Dogs specifically trained to detect abnormal brainwave and body function activity and corresponding behaviors, up to 6 six hours before actual seizure experiences, or other abnormal neurological disruptions occur. We then have placed these dogs with individuals who have epilepsy or other seizure disorders.

As Dog Wish trainers put their dogs through conditioning that enhances their abilities as seizure detection dogs, the animals begin to respond to their handler’s brainwaves and body smells, detecting abnormalities and responding by alerting the handler. This gives the individual time to seek medical attention and even possibly resolve the situation before it occurs. Many of our clients actually claim that the number and severity of seizure incidences have greatly diminished and, in some cases, resolved since receiving and handling our dogs. Nearly all of them have been able reduce and even eliminate the use of medications.

How the Dog Works

  • It is a fact that 75 to80 percent of the information dogs assimilate, they receive through their nose.
  •  The nose is by far their primary source of understanding. Dogs can smell body smells with far greater accuracy than we are capable.
  • When a dog smells your scent, they are actually smelling a complete, comprehensive, battery of information about you and your personality.  This supplies them with personal information about you that is significant and incredible.
  • Their nose is a very credible tool that connects them with you.
  • A dog uses their eyes as radar, and their nose for all the particulars.  You could say that dogs seen through their nose, because they use their nose like a human uses our eyes.
  • Dogs can be up to 100 times as sensitive to the electro-magnetic energy in and around us as we are.
  • A dog has the ability to become sensitive to the energy your brain is creating up to great distances from you.
  • Because dogs operate from a “right-brained” perspective, dogs respond to the energy you produce as a primary source of understanding.

Who May Benefit:

  • People who experience Grand Mal seizures
  • People who experience seizures due to illness
  • People who experience seizures due to brain/head injuries

What the Dog Can Accomplish:

  • Save lives
  • Prevent seizures
  • Keep handlers from fall or suffer other accident or injury during a seizure
  • Ease burdens on caregivers/families
  • Increase handler’s confidence and independence

Why a Dog Wish Dog is the Best Choice

At Dog Wish we modify the thought process, and behavior in each dog we train, teaching them:

  • To learn how to stop, focus, receive instruction, and follow our instruction
  • To learn new behaviors
  • To transfer patterns of unacceptable behaviors to new acceptable behaviors
  • To literally transform their behaviors

In order to be effective and successful we work with each dog to:

  • enhance their self-image and role in their pack or family,
  • raise their level of intelligence and individual maturity,
  • in order to become more functional and compliance,
  • and become a more positive part of the relationships with their human counterparts that they share and experience.

In order to be capable of responding positively in training, each dog must learn how to:

  • Relax and then focus.
  • Stimulate and use their brain.
  • Expand its ability to receive understand and respond appropriately to our instruction.
  • Increase their ability to use their conscious mind to respond voluntarily to our conditioning.

Their success in doing this is achieved directly as a result of the conditioning exercises we teach them as we literally:

  • Stimulate the conscious and subconscious mind of each dog,
  • Forcing that mind to respond directly to our training,
  • Intensely motivating and focusing each response with positive rewards, which produce mental clarity and further stimulation,
  • And give the dog a further capability to progress.

As a result of our training these dogs have learned to expand their brain’s potential:

  • to focus, receive, understand, follow, and perform tasks based on verbal communication, electro-magnetic stimulus, and brain wave inductive energy.
  • Develop the ability to communicate dynamically on several levels using several dimensions of communication.
  • Develop the ability to use their own thoughts to do intelligent complex problem solving.

Our Accomplishments:

We used hundreds of dog/client teams and 10+ years of work to develop a strategic system of behavior that we used to break into, focus, modify, and pattern the subconscious and natural responsiveness in the dogs we trained, and the response is phenomenal.  

  • Through my research I inductively evaluated the processes of the brain, the related glands and the Neuro/muscular system affected in the body by the brain.  I used my knowledge to produce an understandable, comprehensive model.  I then applied this model to the development of a working psychology, showing how the related thought process, the learning process, the decision-making process, and the performance process, all working together, used to train dogs for perfect performance.  Through that process, we have been able to develop a model to understand the actual specific biological processes used by all animals for their minds and bodies to receive, process, and create behavior.  We have used this knowledge to teach our dogs to understand and work with the most severe physical and mental problems. 

We developed a program for training that launched us into the work of training canines for the disabled community with great success.  The knowledge we have gained which we used to test, expand, and apply everday with our training, giving us a cutting edge maximizes our rate of successful placements.

The Process

  1. We train each Dog Wish Service Dog to teach them to stop and relax physically, and emotionally.
  2. This prepares the K9 to focus, receive, and respond to commands in a proper mental/emotional state of mind.  We call this “going into training mode”.
  3. It produces a modified state of consciousness in the mind of the K9 which makes them much more balanced, sensitive, focused, and trainable.
  4. It has greatly enhanced our training program with all dogs we train.

The strategy we use for training teaches the K9 to become sensitive to the movements, smells, and electro-magnetic energies of the handler, and at the same time teaches the handler to project and focus their thoughts and energies into the dog.

  • As each recipient would learn and use the techniques I prescribed for handling their dogs, the effect of those exercises they used to maintain the training in their dog also appeared to have had the effect of stabilizing the workings of their own mind.
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  • By working with a K9 whose brainwave (consciousness) and consequently body responses had been altered and controlled by the conditioning they had received in order to go into what we call “training mode”, the dogs actually communicated with the handlers through their controlled behavior, and helped the handlers to do the same, which has had the affect of promoting balance and stability in their brain functions.

I have now been able to use this conditioning with my K9s to work with a wide spectrum of mental/emotional disorders, disabilities, and developmental disabilities in both children and adults with tremendous success, because through the conditioning experience, what the client actually learns is how to work with and control their own mentality and body functioning.  Our K9s can actually

  • Smell the difference between normal and abnormal body smells
  • Feel the abnormal electro-magnetic energy changes as the brain begins to send  abnormal signals which the body projects,
  • See the difference between normal and abnormal muscular-neural movement,
  • Hear the difference in normal and abnormal body functions (breathing, etc.),

and respond with understanding and instant clarity to what is happening with the afflicted person.

Doctor David Kelso, PHD

During this time, while we were doing research on many other persons with seizures, we were contacted by the late Doctor David Kelso, a National leading Medical Administrator, and Vice President of the American Red Cross.  Dave was a National Director of the FEMA Search and Rescue work in northwest America.  It was after 9-11,  at the time when FEMA cut their support for the Nation’s Disaster program.  He needed a new dog he had purchased, to be trained for Search and Rescue.  He had worked with 6 leading facilities throughout America in the past, and was referred to us by handlers at 9-11.  We trained his dog, Casper, and he became the world’s first Certified Akita for Search and Rescue work.  Dave took him home, and the dog quickly gained a reputation for doing searches that no other search dog was capable of doing.  Dave called and spoke with to find out why.

After explaining how we were able to train our dogs to tune into electro-magnetic energies from the people the dogs were trained to find, Dr. Kelso flew out and spent a week training dogs with us.  Dave then started coming out and working with us monthly, and had us train three other certified K9s for him, which he then used for a year, doing Search and Rescue and Police Dog work.  Based on the performance of the dogs we had trained, he confirmed our findings,  and coined the phrase, “bainwave sensitive”, to describe Dog Wish Service Dogs.

The Service Dogs Dr. Kelso received from Dog Wish did what he considered amazing things that other search dogs could not do.  His dogs found a company caught in a blizzard, 8 miles into the mountains, at 3am, in -30 degree weather, when no other dogs were able to even find their scent trail.  Dave’s dogs went right to them.  Along with other things, they also found a home with 4 children who were kidnapped from different States, just by walking within three blocks of them.  Dave believed that what we did through our training gave them the incredible edge they needed to do these things.

What we didn’t know was that Dave suffered from Diabetic seizures, and the dogs we trained for him were indicating his seizures, and saved his life numerous times.  After a year of work with 4 of our dogs Dr. Kelso wrote:

  • “Our dogs are trained to respond to the electromagnetic energies being projected from the brain, and specific smells being created by the bodies of their handler. We have been able to document that the handlers of our Service Dogs who use to have “melt downs” every other or every third day, which would last from 1 to 4 hours before the child could resume normal activities, now had them once a week, and often the problem would last for 10 to 20 minutes, be much less severe, and much more controllable.  This is because the dog has had their mentality and metabolism altered, and counter balances the abnormal emotional responsiveness in their handler.  In stores and restaurants, schools, etc., the affected person who was before uncontrollable or questionable, now will sit or stay with their dog, and will respond to discipline and instruction much better, because of the dog.  This can also be true of recipients who have Seizure or like disorders.  Besides being able to detect and pre-alert to these conditions, the affect our dogs have on these people reducing and stopping these activities, is amazing.”  The late Dr. David Kelso, PHD, College Professor, Director of Several Hospital Departments of Neuro Surgery, and Mental Health Facilities.  Board of Directors for The Dog Wish, Inc.

Our Seizure Alert K9 program has become a tremendous success.

In 2006 dogs we trained were honored by the:

Delta Society – Therapy dog of the Year for 2006

American Red Cross – Search & Rescue K9 of the Year

the Journal of Longevity  -”Humanitarian of the Year” (for our work with the Disabled Community in America)

Make-A-Wish Foundation Vender of the Year 2009.

Besides the numerous other Awards we have been honored with, in 2012 we were honored by an Interstate Public School contest, as AMERICA’S TOP CHARITY!

We believe that our training is a life and death concern for both the dogs we train, and their owners and potential handlers.  We deal with increasing the quality of life for everyone we come in contact with.  We know that if we don’t do the job, the consequences will be devastating.  We also believe that working with persons afflicted with disabilities in our #1 concern, as this community has the greatest need for trained dogs who can help empower them to cope with, function, and live with a better quality of life.  This is especially true for those afflicted with seizures, and like conditions. 

For more information, please call us directly at 760-662-3767.  Thank You.

Bob Taylor, President, http://www.dogwish.org, bob@dogwish.org

The DOG WISH, INC.

Why a Dog Wish Service Dog, is the better choice for YOU! by Bob Taylor

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Our purpose at Dog Wish is to find, evaluate, train, and produce a dog that will “fill thegap”, and “make the difference” for each person who puts their hopes, trust, and faith in us, to fulfill their wishes.  There is only one “best” choice, and many of our clients will tell you that their Dog Wish Service Dog is the #1 best dog in the world, for them.  We do a detailed study, of each client, before we even start training their dog.

I have a philosophy: it’s your dog, your dog training, you are going to live with the results.  What’s important here, is YOU.  We keep you informed of how your dog is doing, while we do YOUR training.  That way, we can keep you and your needs ever constant and primary in our consciousness.  We know that understanding, and reacting to the important details we learn about each client may make their life better.

 We consider what we do a “life and death” concern, and my trainers have had to learn how to deal with “critical” issues every day.   We start by finding a dog with a temperament that matches its’ future handler.  Most service dog trainers choose dogs for training that will be submissive and obedient to their handlers.  At Dog Wish our dogs are styled after Police K9s, and they are driven by their instincts to passively “protect” their handlers.  They perform as is best for their handler’s welfare, intelligently, sensitively, and assertively.  Their primary job is to stay 100% focused on their handler’s needs.  They are trained to detect, alert, and respond as their handler’s needs, for their support, assistance, and protection.  This requires a dog with a sharp, focused temperament, capable for performing when faced by the strongest distraction, whose focus and intention is strong and unbending.  If you have a client with seizures, strong tendencies to elope, or whose actions are a danger to themselves, or others, you need a real dog, whose vigilance is trustworthy and strong.  Unfortunately, your 4H styled, therapy like, submissive or trick trained dog produced to imitate the real thing, just won’t begin to “fit” the bill.  That’s why at Dog Wish we use dogs with stronger temperaments, higher intelligence, superior instincts, and real power.  These dogs make great companions, and also get the job done.

Everything we do is done to strengthen, enhance, and empower your dogs’ performance, and their ability to work for and serve you better.

  1. First, we teach our dogs to go into “command mode” on command, where we have trained them to lose their hyper-tension, becoming quiet, sensitive, become slower, more intense, and more focused.  We use this behavior to do many things.  Because the dogs are less nervous, hectic, and hypertensive, they are more approachable, and easier to pet and handle.  While in command mode your dog can actually balance the behaviors of their handler, cut down on melt downs, emotional extremes, panic attacks, PTSD issues, dementia caused behaviors, and seizure activity.  Because they are slower, more relaxed and sensitive, more focused, and attentive, they are more enjoyable to be around.  Because we have modified their energy output they are more soothing and comfortable for you.
  2. We then teach our dogs how to concentrate on one thing for several minutes, instead of switching their attention every 5 seconds to distractions, like all other dogs.  Because of this ability our dogs stay focused, when others can’t.  They are more attentive, and stay alert to you.
  3. We teach our dogs to ignore everything else, and concentrate all their senses only on their handlers.   This training is intense, and powerful.  It actually inverts the dog’s psychological process, so that instead of being focused on them self, and their own concerns, they learn to focus on their handler, and that person’s welfare.  *Part of this training is teaching our dogs not to be sensitive to touch, so that you can take them out into public and while others come close, and even pet them, they remain 95% focused on their handler.  This training procedure has made many breeds of dogs more capable of being good Dog Wish Service Dogs.
  4. We teach our dogs to learn to work with their handler as a team, and family.  They learn to watch the handler for signs of what that person wants them to do.  They learn to be sensitive to the desires of that handler, and to respond instantly as the handler communicates his or her needs.
  5. We teach our dogs to be sensitive to the energies in, and around their handler, to feel the handler, and to communicate deeply and sensitively with the handler from the very first day of training on.  It is one of the most important things we teach our dogs to do.
  6. We teach our dogs to track scent trails, not for fun, but the same way the top Police K9s in the world are taught.  They then learn to focus on the scent of their handler, and learn to find that scent, every day of their training.  We use the handler’s scent to teach the dog to focus and concentrate on that particular scent.  By learning this special type of scent detection, the dogs also learn all about their handler, from their own scent.  It is a known fact that 75% of what dogs learn, they ingest through their nose.
  7. We teach our dogs a unique, more comprehensive and intense strategy for communication.  Our dogs are taught to focus through that method, using it to learn higher forms of communication on a comprehensive level.  There are different fields of energy in, and around us, of lower and higher levels.  We are vibratory beings of energy, and are greatly affected by energies.  When a dog and their handler work at the same vibratory level, and use positive energies to communicate “in-sync” with each other, what happens can be miraculous!  This is essential training we teach ALL Dog Wish Service Dogs.
  8. Our dogs are taught from the beginning to make their own decisions.  In our training, we don’t use force or stress to make the dogs obey.  If the dogs make a mistake, they are given the chance to “fix” their own mistakes, to make new decisions, and to perform based on their own desires to be a pack.  We support and encourage them as pack and team members.
  9. We teach our dogs to create, develop, and decide to act, based on their own intentions, using their own thought process.  We teach each dog based on “intention” philosophies.  Our dogs learn that their intentions are the most important part of their training, and that our training is based on developing the proper intention, not on actions.  By using intentions as the basis for behavior, and not actions, our training is proactive, not reactive.  This allows us to take control of the dogs’ thought and learning process, and makes our training faster, more effective, less stressful, and overall more humane.
  10. Our dogs are trained to see performance as THEIR key to everything they want in life.  Therefore, their performance is NOT just voluntary, it is heartfelt, committed, and way beyond the norm.

 #1 is something we are determined to recreate in every dog we place, for every client we contract with.  The most important client, and the best dog we will ever put out, is yours.  No matter what else we have done, or will do, what counts is YOU.  When you contract with Dog Wish YOU become our #1 priority.  Doing the job for you to our very best, and providing YOU the very best service, in every way, is our only concern.

This is a rare attitude.  It’s the ONLY attitude that will produce the dog you need.  That’s what separates a winner from the pack, and may save your life.  It’s the only thing we will accept at Dog Wish, and the ONLY thing you should accept period.

Sincerely,

Bob Taylor, President. http://www.dogwish.org, bob@dogwish.org, 760-662-3767

WORKING WITH YOUR DOG WISH SERVICE DOG by Bob Taylor

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Some 28 years ago I was approached by a young and growing organization that called itself the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and endeavored to supply the wishes of critically il

children.  I decided to jump “on-board” and help them out.  Three decades, and over two dozen dogs later, I’m still helping Make-A-Wish provide the wishes for these children.  At the same time, having been inundated by a consistent stream of potential clients with critical needs, I have responded with my own Non-Profit Charity, and this year, Dog Wish was awarded “The Favorite American Charity” award by a National School contest.  What I once considered doing as a charitable donation has become the primary thrust of my work.

For several years it was thought that one in five people in our world were struggling with a critical disability.  Now, with the social phenomenon’s created by huge increases in Developmental Disabilities, Dementia and Huntington’s Disease, and PTSD and Acute Anxiety issues, that ratio has been greatly lowered.  The fact is that every living human being is being affected adversely by our changing world.

Evaluating these trends, I made the decision long ago that the area most needed for real dog training was that of trained Psychiatric Service Dogs.  Through the past 35 years I have endeavored to use my dog training talents to help people inflicted with serious neurological disabilities and disorders.  I have, out of necessity, created many answers that are available for us to learn, and use, in creating the abilities we need, and to overcome the obstacles in our lives.

I have come to believe that, … it isn’t the mountain you are facing that is the problem, but the mountain inside of you, that you have to overcome.

It is easy to get caught up being critical, pessimistic, or just dark, and letting that darkness affect or control our thoughts, words, and actions.  This state of mind can produce horrific mental pain and emotional trauma that make life hard to live.  No matter how hard it can be, a smile, a good intention that you can follow through with, or a single positive action, can dispel that darkness and bring light, goodness, happiness, and even joy into your life.  I endeavor to continue in this spirit.

Caring for a family member or another loved one who is suffering with critical concerns and needs your help to function can be one of the toughest of life’s battles.   Your heart is overcome with concern, and it is easy to become hysterical about the problems you deal with, every 15 minutes, around the clock.  When people call me for help, I know that they are reaching out against seas and mountains of obstacles, hoping against the incredible odds for the possibility that I can or will help them, in some way, to make things better.  I know because they share with me how they have tried with other options, doctors, psychologists, therapists, and other dog organizations, and failed.  It’s an awesome responsibility to be in that position.

Every client we train a Dog Wish Service Dog for comes to us ‘loaded” with their own particular challenges. We watch each person struggle to go outside of themselves; to reach out to the wonderful, precious dog, we have created for them.  The hardest obstacles they face are:

  • letting go of the problem mindset they have embraced along the way
  •  dropping their guard to be “in control”,
  • Or, to set the pain aside, relax, and to just “be” with their dog.

For most of our clients, seeing what is important “outside” of those battles is harder, all the time.  Their ability to focus on something “outside” of their personal circumstances becomes seriously limited.   They have learned from experience that dropping their guard can be painful and dangerous.

 

Being honest with yourself, and overcoming the temptations to succumb to the many critical problems in our lives, is a major concern for every person.  It is hard not to give in and find excuses for succumbing to the multitude of problems we all face daily.  Now, imagine what it would be like, especially if you were dealing with a constant, growing, uncontrollable problem with someone in our home or life, whose affects can be the cause of a serious or critical situation, every fifteen minutes of waking time, around the clock, daily, weekly, on-and-on.

 

When this happens, like a stream of water that becomes shut off from the flow of a river, that water starts to become stagnant, and eventually is filled with toxic bacteria that is dangerous.  They become so introspective that they began to hysterically reach for anything to help, empower, and benefit their fight against the disorders and disabilities that are causing them so much trouble.

At that point it is the problem, which “controls”, and takes over the “focus” in the life of that person.  Without meaning for this to happen, it is a battle I can see in the life of most every client I have.  When you are dealing with the critical problems my clients deal with, you can multiply the affect their problems cause them, and it becomes no wonder they act and react the way they do.

What these people are suffering through, on a daily and hourly basis, can be greatly helped with the presence of a trained, caring dog, specifically selected for its’ capabilities, that can bring the empowerment, the capability, and the motivation to fight back, and equalize these traumatizing circumstances.

However, because of this process, there is a tendency with these people to see their trained Dog Wish Service Dogs as tools, designed to help them in their efforts to control and care for their loved ones, to respond as they desire.  In no way consciously meaning to be negative or abusive, they at the same time begin to see the dog as a machine.  They view the dog as, there to “do a job”, and who exists to perform” the functions that it was trained to do to help their loved one. In the personal effort of trying to take and “fit” the dog into their created unique scheme of life-styled behaviors, designed to help them succeed in their efforts to “survive”.   They loose understanding of who and what the dog actually is, and the dog becomes an object and even a scapegoat, if or when it’s behaviors do not completely conform to their desires.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are not trained to reverse behaviors that care takers have allowed their affected loved ones to develop. 

Care takers will often allow those affected with mental disabilities and disorders to develop uncontrolled, deviant  behaviors, because it is easier to be permissive than it is to suffer confrontation and resolution of wrongful behaviors, that cause pain and anxiety between them and the person they are caring for.  We have experienced some clients who have come to Dog Wish, trying to use their Service Dog to produce this resolution for them, which can be dangerous, cruel, and a totally wrong use of the dog.

Our Dog Wish Service Dogs can intervene in the life of their handlers, and many learn how to work with them, calming them in times of anxiety, anger, frustration, or helping them in times of depression and panic, and pain.  However, these behaviors are learned over a period of time, on an individual level, according to each individual person and circumstance.

This year we have experienced over two dozen dogs that, having been placed in families with affected persons, have had to learn to handle their behaviors.  Most of these dogs have learned on their own how to play different games with their handlers, to dispel their anger and frustration, to stop them from behaviors that might endanger them or those around them, and to help them to develop and commit to behaviors that are critical for them, depending on the level and severity of their personal emotional situations.

 

One dog, placed with a boy with Autism, whose behavior becomes physically aggressive and violent, has learn to jump up and push him away, playfully, and in getting him to chase them, calms and sooths his emotional state of mind.  Another dog, placed with a PTSD patient, has learned to bark and run around his handler, and then lick his hands and face, to get him out of his critical states of depression.

 

Some dogs have learned to stop their handlers from behaviors that could be dangerous by blocking them, re-focusing them, or creating a game to redirect them.  Our dementia dogs have learned to use their training in unusual ways, to help their handlers, taking them where they need to go, to the car, home, the bathroom, bed, the couch, etc., and stopping them from where they should not go.  Often these behaviors are enabled by their abilities to smell and feel the energies the client and handler are projecting out to them, that others would never even pick up on.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are not boring, 4-H styled, obedience dogs, with dull temperaments, who have been taught, “tricks”, which they monotonously perform with a “tread mill” mentality.  Our dogs are motivated, intelligent, self-thinking, focused workers.  Instead of styling their behaviors after those of “guide dogs”, we style their behaviors after those of trained Police “K9s”.  It makes a huge difference.

 

Our dogs enter into every environment they encounter, smell the smells, feel the energies, alert intelligently with understanding and compassion, and perform.  Most of our clients have never experienced anything like this before in their lives, many take time to understand how their dogs work, and some just don’t get it.

A Dog Wish Service Dog is not a tool, an object, or a “trick trained monkey”, they are a superior, intelligent, partner, who is there with advanced training they have received, to help, and often, take constant positive measures to protect their handlers, from environmental circumstances they constantly encounter, sometimes from themselves, and occasionally from others.  In order to perform like this they need to be strong, confidant, intelligent, focused, and to have become a real “K9”.   It’s not like they are different from other Service Dogs; there is no comparison.

To expect a Psychiatric Service Dog to simply walk by your side, and obediently submit to your desires, is not just wrong, it’s dangerous.  Our dogs are trained to compensate for their handlers inabilities to handle them.   After all, we are training dogs for people with disorders and disabilities, and if the dogs can’t help them correct their incorrect behaviors and make up for their mental/emotional problems, what good are they?

FOR EXAMPLE:  recently, we had a delightful family drive out to see the Service Dog that Dog Wish has been training for them, (I say Dog Wish because no single person ever trains any specific dog for any client.  Instead, it is the combined efforts of several people training, handling, and using the dog that produces a good dog.  If you use one handler to train a Service dog, and that dog gets use to that one handler, it is bad for the dog, and for the recipient).

In this case the client was suffering with frontal lobe dementia, and was much further along than I had been told.  The dementia was affecting her in many ways that became obvious to me as we worked together.  Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client, “on the spot”, which happens more than not.

The particular set of processes she was experiencing were critical, extremely emotional, and produced critical anxiety for her.  The dog tuned into the recipient because of the training we put it through, and instantly understood and started working with her.  Within three hours they were working without a leash, or any help or instruction.   By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to her panic attacks, and her anxieties, on a level that was higher and faster than anyone else.  The dog was actually telling us when she started having problems, and she in turn related to, listened to, and responded to the dog, better than she did to us.

Although this is unusual, it is also very correct.  Therefore, it quickly became obvious that the dog and her had become a team, and should not be separated for any significant period of time.  While this is an optimum situation, and one you hope for, which can take weeks to produce, it is what we select, train, and place dogs hoping to achieve as the result of our work with every recipient.

 

However, in order to achieve these results it takes a mutual bonding between the handler, and the dog.  Therefore, we insist that when coming to Dog Wish to pair with a Service Dog, the family and handler take time to learn, bond, and create the relationship that will become the catalyst, and produce these results.  It is important that the client take time daily to work with, and create the relationship with their dog, that will encourage and motivate the relationship through which the dog can work.  Expecting the dog to automatically and artificially perform and behave without that relationship is completely contrary to its’ intended use, and the very laws of nature.  We don’t encourage a proper and close relationship between our clients and our dogs, we demand it.  If that isn’t what you would want, you wouldn’t want one of our Dog Wish Service Dogs.

If you have any questions or concerns please address them to:

Bob Taylor, President

The Dog Wish, Incorporated

760-662-3767

bob@dogwish.org

Dog Wish Service Dogs and Energy by Bob Taylor

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We live in a world full of artificial experiences, and are being conditioned to think in terms of a world full of simulated, synthetic, generic typed, reproduced, imitation, push buttoned, instant responses and gratifying experiences.  Unfortunately our abilities and natural functionality are becoming a thing of the “past”.  In our world today, one in four people is surviving acute anxiety and trauma that has altered their life, and disabled their personal capability to function as a normal human being.   The privilege and ability to reach out and connect with another living being, like a dog, has become a phenomenal experience that many claim is literally transforming and saving their lives.  As we race towards a “Steve Job, Bill Gates” type of life experience, we are being forced to adapt to a world full of technological complexity that is out of perspective, and out of control.  While we sit back and talk about Autism and its effect on those with Developmental Disabilities, we have no idea, for the most part, of how greatly we have been and already are being affected by this very critical element surfacing in our society.  It is fascinating to see how the different elements of our society, even our politics, are being changed by the infusion of the energies caused by this phenomenon.

For instance, many of our clients come here and expect that somehow we have implanted an artificial intelligence and ability, within their dog, that will multiply its’ capabilities to provide instant responsiveness to their numerous disabilities, and their decreasing abilities.  The more we rely on the artificially created world provided for us to purchase and use, the less we do ourselves, and the more incapable we become.   At Dog Wish we believe in a natural flow of cosmic energy that pervades the universe, connects us all, teaches, and heals us, as we use it.  It is the natural miracle of connectedness, through the energies available to all of us, that is precious and wonderful.

Our new understanding and usage of “energy” is changing our world because of the contrast it brings us between what is real and living and what is artificial and simulated.  The tendency in our created world of technology is to shut down, shut off, separate, stop feeling, stop experiencing, and become disassociated and remote.  Learning to reconnect, to become sensitive to feelings and energy of your body, to the energy in the bodies of others, in other animals, and then in the world, is something we all need.

DO OUR DISABILITIES COME FROM A UNIVERSAL CAUSE?

I have for years believed that Autism is a dominant, and NOT a recessive factor.  As we continue to progress it is obvious that Autism is part of a dynamic living and growing evolvement in the human species.  This evolvement is transforming our world in many ways, and this phenomenon is becoming a major part of that evolvement.  I have to also believe that the recent trends in Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and other like diseases and disorders which seem to be having a multiplied effect on our species, are related and developing in an expedientially  clock wise fashion universally for our species.

One of the unique and fascinating phenomenon created by a brain affected by Autism is the way that brain assimilates and uses sensory information.  Biological Science tells us that the “Purkinje  Axiom and Fiber are responsible to work as an extension of the bodies Central Nervous System, to transfer energy to every cell in the brain.   The diversified quality of sensitivity to energy in the Purkinje is one of the major causes of disabilities and disorders that we suffer.  A person affected by Autism usually assimilates information at a much higher level than someone without that disability would.

Second, they process that information using their right brain, and spend more time “right” than others would.  I have chosen not to call this group abnormal, and others normal, because it is becoming more “normal”.   Each year, with the phenomenal growth (1 in 5 now, and growing at 12 to 17% each year) of those with Developmental Disabilities on our planet, they are becoming more normal all the time.  At the present rate, with two decades, our world will be experiencing a division between those who do and do not have a mentality affected by this disability.

A Good example today can be seen in the behaviors of two of NFL’s top Football Coaches, who happen to be brothers.  Jim Harbaugh, and John Harbaugh.  Jim coaches the San Francisco 49ers, and John the Baltimore Ravens.  Jim Harbaugh demonstrates a strong tendency for Autism in his behaviors.  He is a creative genius who has melt downs and demonstrates extreme emotional behaviors constantly on the football field.  John, on the other hand, is intelligent, “in-control”, and thoughtful.  This year the teams of these two brothers will be competing against each other in the “Super Bowl”, and it will be interesting to see which coaching “style” is more affective.  Man, as a being, is conflicted by his mental, and primordial instinctual dimensions, comprising his behavior.  Could it be that the phenomenon of Developmental Disabilities is a mental safeguard, built into the genetic chemistry of man’s brain, to keep him balanced and from evolving beyond himself? 

As a young dog trainer, competing on an international, “super” level, in dog sports, I became interested in the relationships between dogs and humans, a phenomenon that I have been fascinated by for forty years now.  Living in an artificial world, where reality is reproduced for us through man-made technological devises, we live more and more through technical devices that bring us a simulated living experience.  Man, who is being now treated, and who has begun to feel like, a piece of technology, is desperately looking for an experience that will help connect them with reality.

As I continued to research and study I realized that this phenomenon was made possible by the transference of energies we both held in common through the universal environment around and within us.  I have, since, read everything I could find on the subject from the sciences of biology, psychics, and psychology.

  • I strategized, designed, and created methods for teaching dogs to expand their sensory abilities from 2 to 5 times what they normally would be.
  • I then created methods that taught dogs to stay focused  on a single subject for several minutes at a time, instead of changing thoughts from one thing to the next, every couple of seconds.
  • I then expanded the ability for the dogs to invert their sensory process, and use all their sensory abilities to understand what they perceived.
  • This enabled the dogs to lose consciousness of their own life experience as they became involved in the conscious life experience of the person they were studying.  The dogs actually would “get out” of themselves, and into their handlers, transferring their attention from them selves to other beings.
  • The dogs learned to use their senses to focus on our energies (using hand and simultaneous brain (thought) communications), and began to see amazing results.

LEARNING TO HARNESS AND USE ENERGY

Basically, I have learned how to focus, introvert, expand, and use the sensory processes in dogs, to greatly increase their sensitivity and ability to respond to the energies in their human handler/trainers.  In doing this the dogs naturally begin to use their left brain processes, expanding usage of their own neural synapse cranial transference abilities.   This does not raise the intelligence of the dogs, but does teach them how to use their intelligence in ways that we as human can relate to, and connect with.

We are beings of energy, and as living beings, our bodies are comprised with several energy portals.  Through energy transference we can easily connect with each other.  Becoming sensitive to the energy in and around us is a healing, wholesome, and therapeutic activity.  The smallest material particle in the Universe we have found, using 100,000 powered electron microscopes, is a little string we call a
“Photon”.  Everything you know, see and feel is comprised of these minute photons.  The very air we breathe is comprised of photons.  The chair you sit it, cup you drink from, and bed you lie in, is filled with photons.   Likewise, you are comprised of photons, configured according to your intentions.  Your body was created by massing these little particles which were attracted to your energy and formed according to your will.  Each photon is alive, living, responds intelligently to contact, receives, processes, and eliminates.  Your physical body is basically masses and masses of photons, formed according to your genetic blueprints.  Photons exist, live, and work through energy.  So do you.  By connecting with matrix bodies of positive energy in the cosmos around us, we train our dogs, using the positive energy that we are connected with, and projecting that energy into them.

We have, through the advanced use of advanced inductive logic processes, been able to understand, separate, and examine the actual thought “process” used by dogs, and in so doing have been able to identify the process they use to “create” their own thoughts and behaviors. I have encapsulated this process into component parts, and have broken them down into individual experiences.  Over a twenty-one day process these behaviors become a solidified physical part of the dog’s brain, and through process.

Basically, using what we call the “Intention” process, the core of the dog’s “thought process”, we can predict and focus a dog’s thoughts and behaviors as we need and desire.  In doing so, we can actually attack mental/emotional problems that the dogs, and their handlers, have endured throughout their lives, and provide resolutions for them not capable in other programs.  We have for years witnessed “break-through” experiences with our dogs and their new handlers because of this.

Every dog is different, and responds to our training and conditioning in different ways.  Instead of trying to force a dog to conform to our desires, we enter into their experience with them, and help each dog to use our training to its own best advantage.  We have found that it is best to allow each dog to express their own personality, and to support them as they incorporate our training for their own personal development.

Our training and conditioning is based on a “team training“ philosophy.  We do not employ dominance or force in our training.  We also use a “pure” instruction philosophy that excludes punishment or negativity in our training.   We believe in the dog’s ability and right to make, and to be responsible, for its’ own decisions.  These training philosophies and procedures are only capable because of the strategy we use that creates, produces, and it based on working with the intelligence capabilities in each dog.   Concepts like a “self-image”, mental “strategies”, and complex decision making are only capable in our training because of the way we have “created” these abilities in our dogs through our conditioning.

As a result of the energy work we do with each dog, we have for years been able to actually pair dog/handler teams together, synchronize them mentally, emotionally, and physically, and team them to work as a unified team.  Every team experiences the results of this training to lessor r greater degree, according to their own personal ability to incorporate our training.

A year ago, I had a young man diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome whose family brought him to see me about getting a Service Dog.  As many, many families do, they came to speak to me about the experience of getting one of my Service dogs, and to see what the dogs would be like.  They had no idea what was going to happen, and didn’t expect for Caleb to respond as he was about to.

Caleb was a large, awkward, 15 year old, high schooler, quiet and rather introverted who sat behind the family, and very carefully looked around our facility.  When addressed, he withdrew to a comfortable distance emotionally, and responded with a minimum response.  I explained the process we use to match and place our dogs with client/recipient/handlers, and the family acknowledged that they understood.  It was very cut and dry, comfortable, and non-stressed.  All the time I was watching Caleb as he vegetated while we spoke, lost in a world between the world we lived in, and the world of his right-brained life experience.  Though he was silent, he was saying so many things to me that it was hard to speak with the family.  His needs, desires, frustrations, and hopes were screaming at me through the forms of energies that Caleb had attached himself to.

I finally decided to “introduce” the family to a dog.  I had a large yellow lab in the back of my dog kennel who shared his kennel space with a couple young female dogs.  I had trained him for a woman with Huntington’s disease, who then decided she didn’t want a dog, and, after one week, had given him back.  She was much further along than her family had thought, and even though in training sessions she could handle and use Duke, once she was left by herself she became decapasitated.   Duke came back, went through more training, and spent his time playing in the kennel.

Duke was an unusual dog, given to me by a professional breeder who wanted a more masculine male for his breeding program.   Duke didn’t fit in with him because he just wasn’t the “dog” he wanted.  Duke went through our training “untouched”.  He did what we wanted him to do; performed as trained, and gave us what was needed to keep us pacified, so he wouldn’t get into trouble and need more instruction.  But that was it.  He went just so far in training, and then, if pushed, shut down, not capable of handling the stress of the situation.  Often it seemed like he didn’t care.  I felt sorry for him, but I couldn’t get close enough to him, to motivate him.

All of a sudden while speaking with the family, in my mind I made a connection.  The energy I was feeling from Caleb, and the energy I felt from Duke seemed in many ways to be close to the same.  I had my daughter bring Duke out, and work him for us.  Duke came out and did his normal, clean and correct obedience, simple performance, here’s what you get for each command.  He was nice to watch, and showed the family what they wanted to see.  I brought Duke over, and sat him next to Caleb.  Caleb looked at him, not knowing what to do.  I gave him the leash and sat down.  “Take him out,” I stated.  Caleb did, he got up, and took Duke for a walk around the house property.  Fifteen minutes later Caleb came back, sat down, and began to pet his dog.

The father told me they would go home, discuss the dog, and get back with me.  They got up, all except Caleb, who just sat there, and said “no”.  Everyone stopped, especially his dad.  “Caleb”, he started, and the boy interrupted him, looked him in the eye, and replied, “This is my dog.  I don’t know why, but I do know I am not leaving without knowing, that this is my dog, and I WILL be able to take him home.  I don’t want to live without him.”  It was the most powerful declaration of his life.  Caleb had never made a statement like this before, ever.  His parents looked at me like I had “put a spell” on him, and said, “Bob, What’s happening.”

It was an unusual moment in time for this young man, and his family. “Most of us walk around untouched, caught up in our own world, living in a consciousness we create, until all of a sudden we make a connection with another being.  Somehow, the altered energy of this dog connected with Caleb’s, and the result can be spectacular! It is known as “bonding”, and is a psychological phenomenon where a dog and a person suddenly connect with each other on a mental/emotional level, and can feel each other.  The connection of dynamic energy between Caleb and Duke was so special that it changed both their lives.

Caleb’s family DID follow through for him, and since that time Duke has affected the life of every person in the family in dynamic ways.   The next week Caleb came back for training.  I had set him up on a 4 week training program to learn how to handle Duke.   Because of the energy they shared, their ability to communicate was so strong that it was like they could feel and understand what each other were thinking.  This is a phenomenon that is experienced when the electromagnetic energy, which our brains produce, creating thoughts, is projected outwards into the electro/psycho/centric environment around us.  I have found that many individuals affected with Developmental Disabilities, who use the right side of their brains more to function on a normal basis, have potential to make stronger and more usable connections with dogs, than those who don’t.  In Caleb’s case, his ability to connect and communicate with Duke, using his right brain was very pronounced.  Caleb and Duke actually used their brains at the same speed and electro-psychic rate of transference.  We spend a lot of time teaching our clients how to produce this phenomenon, and Caleb and Duke were naturals.   The more they were together, the more they became identical.  It was like the two became linked as one.   The two worked so well together, I sent the dog home with him that day.

When he walked into the front door of his home his dad was watching television, stopped and looked up to see them coming into the house, and said, “Caleb, what’s going on?”  Caleb looked him in the eyes and said, “Dad, the dark days are over.”  Jeff says he’ll never forget it.  All the pain from feeling like he had lived “alone”, untouched, not understood, lonely and hurting, in a mental/emotional space that no one else even comprehended, was now a past experience, because Duke DID know, feel, understand, and was able to respond, to whatever affected him.

Today Duke accompanies Caleb to school full time, and is his constant companion.  Caleb has experienced two traumatic life changes this past year, and without Duke his life would have been greatly influenced.

There is another perspective which is just as scientific, and understandable.  These feelings may be attracted as energies, which we are confronted with, through life experiences.  We learn to live with these energies, and then, even though they cause us harm and pain, continue to use these energies, because they are familiar.  Eric Toole, a famous Psychologist, addresses emotions in this way. He considers them as actual entities, intelligences that exist in the psycho-centric environment around us that we can tap into and attract.  As we do we are affected by their energy, and/or likewise can use them as we desire.

Our dogs have a great ability to attract energies, and are much more sensitive to them than we are.  At our facility they are taught to focus on positive energies such as love, comfort, caring, goodness, and sharing, they attract and project these energies to us, which is a big reason we value them.  Some people believe they are sensitive to spiritual powers and beings in the environment around us.  I believe that stating they are sensitive to electro-centric and psychic energies is good enough.

William Stillman is a man who writes about the unusual abilities that children with Autism have, that border on the spiritual and super-natural, to connect with the electro-psych centric atmosphere around them in his books (The Autism Prophecies, etc.). There he documents many cases of people with special abilities to connect with the universe in unusual ways.  From his writings it appears that the way their brains function, because of their developmental disabilities, gives them special abilities to connect, understand, and use energy, which we have experienced as well with our dog training.

Recently, we had a delightful family drive out to see the Service Dog that Dog Wish has been training for them, (I say Dog Wish because no single person ever trains any specific dog for any client.  Instead, it is the combined efforts of several people training, handling, and using the dog that produces a good dog.  If you use one handler to train a Service dog, and that dog gets use to that one handler, it is bad for the dog, and for the recipient).

Every client is different, and the things you would do with one client should not automatically be done with another client.  One of the biggest problems I have with my clients is that each one of them comes to me for personal, critical concerns.  How do you share personal, intimate details about yourself with a stranger?  The clients have to get to know me when they come, and often it is I who observe, and sense the specific intimate details about them that are important for our work.

In this case the client was suffering with frontal lobe dementia, and was much further along than I had been told.  The dementia was affecting her in many ways that became obvious to me as we worked together.  Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client, “on the spot”, which happens more than not.

The particular set of processes she was experiencing was critical, extremely emotional, and produced critical anxiety for her.  The dog tuned into the recipient because of the training we put it through, and instantly understood and started working with her.  Within three hours they were working without a leash, or any help or instruction.   By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to her panic attacks, and her anxieties, on a level that was higher and faster than anyone else.  The dog was actually telling us when she started having problems, and she in turn related to, listened to, and responded to the dog, better than she did to us.  Although this is unusual, it is also very correct.  Therefore, it quickly became obvious that the dog and her had become a team, and should not be separated for any significant period of time.  While this is an optimum situation, and one you hope for, which can take weeks to produce, it is what we select, train, and place dogs hoping to achieve as the result of our work with every recipient.

However, in order to achieve these results it takes a mutual bonding between the handler, and the dog.  Therefore, we insist that when coming to Dog Wish to pair with a Service Dog, the family and handler take time to learn, bond, and create the relationship that will become the catalyst, and produce these results.  It is important that the client take time daily to work with, and create the relationship with their dog that will encourage and motivate the relationship through which the dog can work.  Expecting the dog to automatically and artificially perform and behave without that natural relationship is completely contrary to its’ intended use, and the very laws of nature.  We don’t encourage a proper and close relationship between our clients and our dogs, we demand it.  If that isn’t what you would want, you wouldn’t want one of our Dog Wish Service Dogs.

For more information call Bob Taylor at 760-662-3767, or email me at bob@dogwish.org

WORKING WITH YOUR DOG WISH SERVICE DOG, by Bob Taylor

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At Dog Wish, because I have spent a great part of my life dealing with people inflicted with various and diversified, serious disabilities and disorders.  I have, out of necessity, created many answers that are available for them to learn, and use, in overcoming the obstacles in their lives.

I believe that it isn’t the mountain you are facing that is the problem, but the mountain inside of you, that you have to overcome.  It is very easy, because of the many negative disruptions we all experience daily, just living, to get caught up being critical, pessimistic, or just dark, and letting that darkness affect or control our thoughts, words, and actions.  Turned inwards, this state of mind can produce horrific mental pain and emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and other states of being that make life hard to live.  No matter how hard it can be, a smile, a good intention you can follow through with, a single positive action can dispel that darkness and bring light, goodness, happiness, and joy into your life.  I continue in this spirit.

Caring for a family member, or another loved one who is suffering with critical concerns and needs your help to function, can be one of the toughest of life’s battles.   Your heart is overcome with concern, and it is easy to become hysterical about the problems you deal with, every 15 minutes, around the clock.  When people call me for help, they are reaching out against seas and mountains of obstacles, hoping against the incredible odds for the possibility that I can or will help them, in some way, to make things better.  It’s an awesome responsibility to be in that position.

Almost every client we train a Dog Wish Service Dog for comes to us ‘loaded” with their own particular challenges.  It’s just a simple fact; a reality that we have to accept, and to face.  We watch each person struggle to go outside of themselves; to reach out to the wonderful, precious dog, we have created for them.  The single hardest obstacle they face is letting go of the problem mindset they have embraced along the way, dropping their guard to be “in control”, or to set the pain aside, relax, and to just “be” with their dog.  Most of our clients are facing so many critical battles in their lives that seeing what is important “outside” of those battles is harder, all the time, and their ability to focus on something “outside” of their personal circumstances becomes seriously limited.   They have learned from experience that dropping their guard can be painful and dangerous.

Being honest with yourself, and overcoming the temptations to succumb to the many critical problems in our lives, is a major concern for every person.  It is hard not to give in and find excuses for succumbing to the multitude of problems we all face daily.  Now, imagine what it would be like, especially if we are dealing with a constant, growing, uncontrollable problem, with someone in our home or life, whose affects can be a serious or critical problem every fifteen minutes of waking time, around the clock, daily, weekly, on-and-on.  When this happens, like a stream of water that becomes shut off from the flow of a river, that water starts to become stagnant, and eventually is filled with toxic bacteria that is dangerous.  They become so introspective that they began to hysterically reach for anything to help, empower, and benefit their fight against the disorders and disabilities that are causing them so much trouble.  At that point it is the problem, which “controls”, and takes over the “focus” in the life of that person.  Without meaning for this to happen, it is a battle I can see in the life of most every client I have.  When you are dealing with the critical problems my clients deal with, you can multiply the affect their problems cause them, and it becomes no wonder they act and react the way they do.  Like I said before, I am just stating facts.

Because of this process of caring for the life and disorders of someone who cannot care for themself, which causes so much concern in the lives of each caretaker, we have come to see these people as special; angels, fighting for and with each person they love who is disabled.   This is a special process, which demands a never-ending vigilance, and can be costly in many ways in the life of those who step up to the task.  In fact, those who go through this experience are 4 to 5 times as prone to develop mental and emotional disabilities in their lives as those who don’t.

It would be easy to just turn your back, ignore, and walk away from those who have found that life has positioned their life with these circumstances.   Instead, I believe that what these people are suffering through, on a daily and hourly basis, can be greatly helped with the presence of a trained, caring dog, specifically selected for its’ capabilities, that can bring the empowerment, the capability, and the motivation to fight back, and equalize these traumatizing circumstances.

However, because of this process, there is a tendency with these people to see their trained Dog Wish Service Dogs as tools, designed to help them in their efforts to control and care for their loved ones, to respond as they desire.  In no way consciously meaning to be negative or abusive, they at the same time begin to see the dog as a machine.  They view the dog as, there to “do a job”, and who exists to perform” the functions that it was trained to do to help their loved one. In the personal effort of trying to take and “fit” the dog into their created unique scheme of life-styled behaviors, designed to help them succeed in their efforts to “survive”, they loose understanding of who and what the dog actually is, and the dog becomes an object and even a scapegoat, if or when it’s behaviors do not completely conform to their desires.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are not trained to reverse behaviors that care takers have allowed their affected loved ones to develop.  Care takers will often allow those affected with mental disabilities and disorders to develop uncontrolled, deviant  behaviors, because it is easier to be permissive than it is to suffer confrontation and resolution of wrongful behaviors that cause pain and anxiety between them and the person they are caring for.  We have experienced some clients who have come to Dog Wish, trying to use their Service Dog to produce this resolution for them, which can be dangerous, cruel, and a totally wrong use of the dog.

Our Dog Wish Service Dogs to intervene in the life of their handlers, and do learn how to work with them, calming them in times of anxiety, anger, frustration, helping them in times of depression and panic, and pain.  However, these behaviors are learned over a period of time, on an individual level, according to each individual person and circumstance.

This year we have experienced over two dozen dogs that, having been placed in families with affected persons, have had to learn to handle their behaviors.  Most dogs have learned to play different games with their handlers, to dispel their anger and frustration, depending on the level and severity of their personal emotional situations.  Some dogs have learned to stop their handlers from behaviors that could be dangerous by blocking them, re-focusing them, or creating a game to redirect them.  Our dementia dogs have learned to use their training in unusual ways, to help their handlers, taking them where they need to go, to the car, home, the bathroom, bed, the couch, etc., and stopping them from where they should not go.  Often these behaviors are enabled by their abilities to smell and feel the energies the client and handler are projecting out to them, that others would never even pick up on.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are not boring, 4-H styled, obedience dogs, with dull temperaments, who have been taught, “tricks”, which they monotonously perform with a “tread mill” mentality.  Our dogs are motivated, intelligent, self-thinking, focused workers.  Instead of styling their behaviors after those of “guide dogs”, we style their behaviors after those of trained Police “K9s”.  It makes a huge difference.  Our dogs enter into every environment they encounter, smell the smells, feel the energies, alert intelligently with understanding and compassion, and perform.  Most of our clients have never experienced anything like this before in their lives, many take time to understand how their dogs work, and some just don’t get it.   A Dog Wish Service Dog is not a tool, an object, or a “trick trained monkey”, they are a superior, intelligent, partner, who is there with advanced training they have received, to help, and often, take constant positive measures to protect their handlers, from environmental circumstances they constantly encounter, sometimes from themselves, and occasionally from others.  In order to perform like this they need to be strong, confidant, intelligent, focused, and to have become a real “K9”.   It’s not like they are different from other Service Dogs; there is no comparison.  To expect a Psychiatric Service Dog to simply walk by your side and obediently submit to your desires is not just wrong, it’s dangerous.  Our dogs are trained to compensate for their handlers inabilities to handle them.   After all, we are training dogs for people with disorders and disabilities, and if the dogs can’t correct their incorrect behaviors, and make up for their mental/emotional problems, what good are they?

FOR EXAMPLE:  recently, we had a delightful family drive out to see the Service Dog that Dog Wish has been training for them, (I say Dog Wish because no single person ever trains any specific dog for any client.  Instead, it is the combined efforts of several people training, handling, and using the dog that produces a good dog.  If you use one handler to train a Service dog, and that dog gets use to that one handler, it is bad for the dog, and for the recipient).

Every client is different, and the things you would do with one client should not automatically be done with another client.  One of the biggest problems I have with my clients is that each one of them comes to me for personal, critical concerns.  How do you share personal, intimate details about yourself with a stranger?  The clients have to get to know me when they come, and often it is I who observe, and sense the specific intimate details about them that are important for our work.

In this case the client was suffering with frontal lobe dementia, and was much further along than I had been told.  The dementia was affecting her in many ways that became obvious to me as we worked together.  Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client, “on the spot”, which happens more than not.

The particular set of processes she was experiencing were critical, extremely emotional, and produced critical anxiety for her.  The dog tuned into the recipient because of the training we put it through, and instantly understood and started working with her.  Within three hours they were working without a leash, or any help or instruction.   By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to her panic attacks, and her anxieties, on a level that was higher and faster than anyone else.  The dog was actually telling us when she started having problems, and she in turn related to, listened to, and responded to the dog, better than she did to us.  Although this is unusual, it is also very correct.  Therefore, it quickly became obvious that the dog and her had become a team, and should not be separated for any significant period of time.  While this is an optimum situation, and one you hope for, which can take weeks to produce, it is what we select, train, and place dogs hoping to achieve as the result of our work with every recipient.

However, in order to achieve these results it takes a mutual bonding between the handler, and the dog.  Therefore, we insist that when coming to Dog Wish to pair with a Service Dog, the family and handler take time to learn, bond, and create the relationship that will become the catalyst, and produce these results.  It is important that the client take time daily to work with, and create the relationship with their dog, that will encourage and motivate the relationship through which the dog can work.  Expecting the dog to automatically and artificially perform and behave without that relationship is completely contrary to its’ intended use, and the very laws of nature.  We don’t encourage a proper and close relationship between our clients and our dogs; we demand it.  If that isn’t what you would want, you wouldn’t want one of our Dog Wish Service Dogs.

The end result is what you get, for what you do.   It isn’t going to happen the way you want, just because you want it to.  It’s the relationship with your dog that is important.  Everyone wants a top-performing dog.  For forty years, and a half a million people, I’ve seen it over and over again.  What counts is the relationship between you and your dog, and how you then use that relationship to produce the performance you want.  There is often a unique psychology between the handler and their dog that creates that performance, and I am proud to say that because of the way we train, with the dogs, and our client/handlers, we see it a lot.

This year a young woman came to us, with her mother, to learn to handle, and take home a dog trained to work with her.  This 10-year-old girl was severely disabled with Autism, couldn’t speak, and was very troubled.  Her mother hoped, against hope, that our dog, a “last-ditch” hope, would work with her, and keep her protected, from her own misguided and dangerous behaviors.  Within 3 days they became a real team, inseparable, and really bonded.  The second day the girl went to elope, and her dog stopped and sat on her.  She accepted being tethered together with her dog, and they became best friends.  The dog now accompanies her to school full time, rides the bus with her, plays with her after school, and has alerts when she is in need.

Learning to be a “team”, to work “together”, to make things happen as a consequence of the relationship you “share” with your dog is the most important, essential, primary focus of the entire process of obtaining a Dog Wish Service Dog.  Helping our clients realize this is the most important thing we can do for them.

If you have any questions or concerns please address them to:

Bob Taylor, President

The Dog Wish, Incorporated

760-662-3767, bob@dogwish.org

Bob Taylor’s DOG WISH DEMENTIA SERVICE DOGS

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A Dog Wish Alzheimer’s Service Dog is trained to perform functions that are necessaryHEIDE_edited-1 for the safety, wellbeing, and ability to function, of a person suffering with Dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, up to 10% of the people in the first stage of Alzheimer’s can beat their Dementia.  Those people have learned to use a special strategy to reverse the process in their brain.  At Dog Wish we have incorporated their suggestions to develop a training methodology and strategy for the performance of our dogs to do just that.

Care-taking for someone with dementia is a critical, serious concern, and there are times when that care needs to be done by trained professionals in a protected environment, for the sake of all concerned.   However, for those in earlier stages of Dementia, our concern is to:

  1. Help keep the person with Dementia in their own environment as long as possible.
  2. Help the caregiver(s) working with that person to be more effective, and feel less stress.
  3. Help the individual to:
  • function more effectively.
  • live with less anxiety, frustration, confusion, and pain.
  • Feel more connected and loved.
  • Be protected from the many potentially dangerous possibilities they encounter constantly.
  • Detect, alert, and respond to often unspoken needs and concerns.

A major part of prolonging the early stages of Alzheimer’s for your loved oneis to help them remain as comfortable, personally and socially connected, and functional as possible.  That environment can even be enhanced by the companionship, and loving bond they can share with someone specifically trained to understand work with them on their level, according to their needs, that they feel happy and secure to be around.   Often, the affected person cannot express their emotional needs, and they live feeling isolated, abandoned, cut off from others, alone, in their own world.   Giving them a reason to want to live, to stay connected, and to continue with their life style, as long as possible, while they are safe and capable, can be the key to extending their present stage of dementia.  A Dog Wish Service Dog is trained to do just that.   The cost to purchase a Dog Wish Service Dog and the years of service and performance it will provide is equal to a few months payment for an Assisted Living Facility.

FOR EXAMPLE:  We had a delightful family drive out to see the Service Dog that Dog FLUFNNO1Wish had been training for them.  I had their time with us organized, structured for their best use.

However, as they met their dog, everything changed.  Every client is different, and the things you would do with one client should not automatically be done with another client.  One of the biggest problems I have with my clients is that each one of them comes to me for personal, critical concerns.  How do you share personal, intimate details about yourself with a stranger?  The clients have to get to know me when they come, and often it is I who observe, and sense the specific intimate details about them that are important for our work.  In this case the client was suffering with frontal lobe dementia, and was much further along than I had been told.  The dementia was affecting her in many ways that became obvious to me as we worked together.  Therefore, I had to make many changes to accommodate my client, “on the spot”.

The particular set of processes she was experiencing were extremely emotional, and produced critical anxiety for her.   We pre-train our dogs for each client using their scent.  The dogs learn to detect and respond to their scent before they ever meet, so that when they do, their dog already knows them.   Through this process we have found that our dogs also pick up on the personalities of that person, and many specific factors about them, from their scent.  In this case, the dog began to alert and respond her disability problems almost immediately, which helped me understand what was going on faster and more accurately. This woman was feeling detached, insecure, and closed off from those around her, and was unable to communicate it.  Her dog instantly filled in the needed spaces for her, and immediately bonded with her.

Therefore, from the moment she made a connection with her dog it became obvious FLUFfy12that the dog could not be separated from her for any significant period of time.  The dog tuned into the recipient, because of the training we put it through, and instantly understood and started working with her.  Within three hours they were working, even without a leash, or any help or instruction.   By the end of the first day the dog was alerting to her panic attacks, and her anxieties, on a level that was higher and faster than anyone else.  The dog was actually telling us when she started having problems, and she in turn related to, listened to, and responded to the dog, better than she did to us.  Although you may have never experienced anything like this unusual process, it is also very correct, and to us is very normal.  A lot of our clients do connect with the world around them through their dog.

The training to create a Dog Wish Service Dog is very comprehensive, very intense, and requires a “super” dog to facilitate it.  Most Service dogs are styled after “guide” dogs.  At Dog Wish, our dogs are styled after the behavior of “Police K9s”.  Our dogs are taught to perform, not to take commands, but to detect and understand what behavior is needed, and respond appropriately.  It is often necessary for a Dog Wish Dementia Service Dog to detect that a certain behavior, circumstance, person, etc., may be dangerous for their handler, and do what is necessary lead them to, or keep them safe.  What’s what we call doing the job.

Dog Wish Service Dogs detect, understand, alert, and respond to the needs of their BOBNRICKhandlers.  The first step in this process is detection.  Rather than leave the job of development in the dog to “Mother Nature”, we amplify our dogs abilities from 4 to 10 times what they would normally be with advanced training at our facility.

Dog Wish Service Dogs, first, have had their mentality altered. 

  • We have changed the energy output or metabolic rate in each dog, teaching them “on command” or as needed, to slow down or stop, relax, and feel comfortable just to be there quietly and passive.
  • People who are neurologically disabled need a dog that is slower, and not hypertensive.
  • We have “inverted” the sensory process in our dogs, so that they can focus on their handler completely as a normal behavior.  Our dogs view distractions from other people and animals as unwanted, and are neutral towards them.
  • We train our dogs to be “insensitive” to petting from others, outside their dog/handler relationship.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are secondly, trained to detect the smells the handler emits, alert to their energies, and respond accordingly.

  • We have clients who have never slept through the night without their Service dog waking them when their family member starts a seizure process by breathing irregularly.  If they don’t wake up the dog will pull off their blankets.
  • We have dogs that have learned to “bark” or alert the family by “pointing” or by pacing, when their loved one with a disability is intending to do something wrong.  If they try to be destructive, sneak out a door, turn on the stove, or escape from the back yard, etc., the dog will immediately alert, and tell on them.
  • Our dogs are trained to respond to a verbal command, or as needed, and return their handler to their home, car, or family, immediately.
  • Our dogs are trained to detect and alert to a abnormal or wrong neurological event in the handler, and alert before the handler is affected.

The first part of detection is the ability to smell what is happening with the handler.  The strongest most comprehensive training you can give a dog is to teach it scent detection.  Our dogs can detect (smell and alert to) abnormal neurological activity before the body is affected by it.  We have trained hundreds of dogs, for over 10 years that detect seizures, strokes, low blood sugars, Panic Attacks, and anxiety disorders, before they ever physically affect the handler.

The second part of detection is the dog’s ability to feel the energies the handler is putting out, understand if they are abnormal or wrong, and respond appropriately.   As a species, dogs are up to 100 times as sensitive to electro-magnetic and electro-centric energies in the environment as we are.  The ability to harness and use that ability in a Service Dog makes Dog Wish Dogs that much better.  As a multi-National, Master Tracking Dog Champion:

  • I have created a method for teaching dogs to invert their senses, and to use their sensory abilities to concentrate 95% of their attention on their handlers.
  • I have created exercises I go through with their handlers where I strengthen the emotional bond between the dog and their handler.
  • In so doing I teach my Service Dogs to have an unusually intense and critical focus on their handlers, to “watch out” for them, and to be emotionally close to them, smelling and feeling their body changes and mental energies.

A DOG WISH Service dog is a 24 Hour Companion.  (The K9 can stop the person from RADAR 3leaving the home and alert the caregiver.)

•          In the first two stages of the disease the K9 can be trained to accompany the handler to safely go for a walk, and return them home.

•          They can discourage aggressive advances of others and can intelligently and progressively, passively protect their handlers, according to the letter of the law.

•          The K9 is always there as a primary connection for the handler, and can help with the emotional aspects of their disability.  The K9 is a constant friend who is focused on the handler 24/7.

A DOG WISH Service dog IMPROVES the Handler’s Function Ability                                                                                                                  

•          The K9 develops a strong connection with the disabled individual, improves self-confidence, resolves fear issues, and can reduce codependence.

•          The dog can detect and Intervene when the affected person is depressed, or fearful, and improving the handler‘s state of mind. The K9 WILL sense this state and reduce the sense of loneliness and isolation.

•          The alert concerned presence of a trained Dog Wish dog can help by detecting & alerting everyone to a potentially dangerous situation, caused by delusionary, hysterical, or forgetful behaviors that could cause the handler harm.

A DOG WISH Service dog CAN Delay Deterioration of the Handler.BOBNBLAKE

•          The dog will improve physical health by walks with the handler and other activities.

•          Physical activity slows down the impact of aging and degeneration of muscle tissue and bone mass.

•          It will provide a positive connecting relationship outside of their own mental state of being that motivates, encourages, and uplifts them.  Interacting with the K9 stimulates their brain.

•          According to the Alzheimer’s Association it is possible in up to 10% of all cases, to reverse the trends of dementia in rare individuals.

The DOG WISH Service dog WILL Assist the Handler, Family, and Caregivers.

•          Helps reduce the 24 hours a day stress on the family.  Your K9 will watch and attend to their handler.

•          Greatly improves the home atmosphere by softening stress situations and    improving emotional vitality.

  • Reduces the emotional stress on the household members.

Dog Wish Service Dogs are good for the whole family, your friends, and everyone they come in contact with.  They will enhance, and with your help, change your life.  For more information please, contact me,

Bob Taylor, Presidentbobnsheps

Dog Wish Incorporated

760-662-3767

bob@dogwish.org.

We’ll make it happen for you!!

 

TRAINING DOGS FOR DOG WISH by Bob Taylor

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At Dog Wish everything happens according to the needs and desires of our clients.  We train all breeds and types of dogs, in order to get the best “fit” for you.  We even will train your dog, IF that dog can qualify with the right behaviors to do the work.  We look for:

  • Very positive dogs with good personalities,
  • That can learn to track on an advanced level,
  • Do scent detection work, and find the handler’s scent,
  • Can learn to concentrate on the handler 95% under distraction,
  • Will give a 100% performance response when requested,
  • Can learn to watch, alert, and stop a client when necessary,
  • Like to play games with you,
  • Are not afraid of strangers, children, other animals, noises, sounds
  • Can work in any environment, situation, and demand.

The selection and training of the specific dogs we choose for our clients at Dog Wish sets us apart from every other organization doing this type of work.

We do a comprehensive evaluation of the personality and behaviors of both the person we need a dog for, and each dog we consider for training.  We then match the two together, as specifically as possible, and go from there.

Though we have found certain breeds of dogs that do an excellent job as Dog Wish Service Dogs, we are not a breed oriented, as we are personality and temperament oriented.  We look for dogs from excellent mothers, who have taught them to bond closely, and communicate on a higher level.

We look for dogs that see themselves as guide dogs, and concerned and alert to the needs and desires of those around them, and want to share with and perform for them.  Finding a dog like this is a miracle in itself, because when “properly instructed” to behave as needed and desired, these dogs become real Dog Wish Service Dogs.

A lot of the procedures for training these Psychiatric Service Dogs for clients are the same, in that they have to learn to be capable of walking into a room, smelling the smells of those in the room, feeling the energies of those in the room, understanding what is needed from them, and responding immediately.  This is the foundation that makes them a good service dog.

I have found that dogs can be especially attracted to children with developmental disabilities for many reasons:

Dogs have self images, similar to the self images we as humans possess.  A very big part of pairing a Dog Wish Service Dog with their handler is to find a dog that feels and behaves in the same way as the child, or whose behavior will have a dynamic balance with the handler. The closer we can “match” the personalities of the dog and their handler, the better they will work as a team.

It is important to find a dog that will match your behaviors.   You want to find a dog whose personality and behavior compliment yours.

It is very important that your dog has natural attributes that you enjoy, and that make them the dog you want to be with.

The dog you choose should have a desire to be your dog and perform for you.  Having placed hundreds of dogs with people and families, I can tell you if the dog is right for you by watching their behavior.  The dog should almost instantly tell me that they have found a new handler, should show an excitement and desire to be with their new handler, and should not want to leave them.  I’ve seen this with hundreds of people who are meeting a trained dog for the first time, and when it is right, the dog knows.

I have found that in choosing a dog for a child with a developmental disability I need to find a young dog who: 

1.      Sees themselves as a child

2.     Is looking for a relationship with another like child

3.     Feels more comfortable and secure around another child

  1.     Responds naturally like a child would respond
  2.     Enjoys the companionships of another child
  3.     Sees themselves as a parent but feels like a child (super! Very important)

Dogs are often extremely sensitivity to the electro centric and electromagnetic “energies” in the atmosphere and environments around them.  Dogs are many times more sensitive to these energies than humans, and therefore understand and relate to others who are sensitive as well. This phenomenon is sometimes spoken of as being “right brained” because of the way many of these children use their mentality.

The difference between right and left-brain scenarios is that the left-brain is, as a mechanism, a machine for evaluating and separating everything, according to differences.  The left-brain evaluates, analyzes, categorizes everything presented to it by the senses and then files it in the right brain, using neural synapse technology.   According to Dr. Brian Putnam, the left-brain has very little storage capacity and relies on the right brain to support it with stored data.  The left brain because of it’s limitations, tends to support shallow and simple packages of material, which explains why humans tend to simply place their data in simple categories, seem so shallow, and are so quick to judge things without complete data and facts.  We simply separate our accumulated sensory knowledge into mental “boxes”, and associate it with other similar bits of information we have discovered.  Our field of reference is shallow, fragmented, and based completely on perception.  What we call rationality is so incomplete and superficial, it is best to approach it as comedy and humor, and not to take it too seriously.  This says a lot for us as a species of animal.

In comparison, the right brain, functions with far greater capacity, and ability.  It seems to be connected, and responsive on a much higher level to our complete body.  Therefore, your right brain provides a more normal and natural corresponding mental scenario, which is found in most animals on this planet, outside the human species.   However, in looking for a good candidate in a dog as a Dog Wish Service Dog, it is extremely important to pick a dog that can be taught to work both right and left brained, to connect right brained, and be capable of going left brained, because the affected individual will connect right brained and follow the dog as they react left brained.  Our training is geared from the beginning to the end for this purpose.  It is extremely effective at controlling and resolving problems with anxiety.

Have you ever wondered why the ratio of boys to girls with developmental disabilities is 2 or 3 boys to 1 girl?  The brain of a normal female has twice as many “neural synapse” passages as that of a man.  Therefore, the female brain functions better, faster, and clearer than that of a man.  There are obviously exceptions, like Albert Einstein, who brain was found to be smaller, but with twice as many synapse passages as the normal man.

We use and teach positive energy manipulation to our dogs, clients, and disabled recipients, with tremendous success.  I have four-year-old children with Autism who can handle their dogs better than their parents.  The children have “learned” how to communicate, motivate, and relate with their dogs (Grown German Shepherds, mastiffs, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, etc.), and can get them to work on and off leash.

This is, to a large part, because of the way we introduce, and condition our dogs to respond to their handlers.  Having been involved for many years in training dogs to work for a handler who it not directly involved in the dog’s regular daily training, I have learned how to use the handler’s unique position to create a strong emotional attachment between them and their dog.  The dogs I train at Dog Wish have to compensate for their handlers inabilities and disabilities to work with them.  That’s a big part of what we do.  Therefore, it is extremely important that our dogs be capable of understanding and performing their job thoroughly without handler help.

Through our “double line” work, our tethering work, and several exercises I have created to enhance the bond between the Dog Wish Service Dogs, and their handlers, we create an unbreakable bond between the team.  No matter what we do, it is done to strengthen that bond.

Often, because a person with Autism is NOT hooked into the stressful, fast-paced world we get sucked into at an early age, dogs generally tend to enjoy being with and around these children, recognize their “ special” differences, and often perform better for them than they will for others in the same family. 

Because of the dogs’ mental design they have special abilities to connect with their handlers.  Anyone who has seriously read one of my books found on amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006662QQS, has noted that I spend a lot of material showing you how to evaluate a dogs mentality.  We specifically pick out dogs that will relate to children with developmental disabilities, feel the need and desire to be their special friend, and commit themselves to being what their handlers need.  The following portion of this blog is about a boy named Dakota, and his Dog Wish Service Dog Billy.

Dakota Kloth is 14 years old.  He is in 8th grade, and attends Calimesa Middle School.  Dakota does nor speak a word, doesn’t sign, and shuts down when you try to talk to him.  He has no friends.  He has autism, feels acute anxiety, and until recently nobody had the ability to “break into” his closely guarded world, and get him to respond.

About a year ago his mother, Kristina Joy Kloth, having been referred by the Regional Center, brought Dakota to our facility, to see if it might be possible to get him a Service Dog.  She had no money, and no hope, and was desperate for anything we could do for her.

After evaluating Dakota I had my help bring out the dog I had felt he needed to see, a 1½ year old, very sensitive and somewhat shy German Shepherd, named Billy.

It took Dakota ½ hour to get up the nerve to even touch Billy.  Fifteen minutes later they were walking and running together, and Dakota was smiling.    We signed a contract and after some training they took Dakota home.

According to the teachers and Vice Principal at Calimesa Middle School who have knownDakota for 8 years, it was the best week of his young life.  Since Billy came to live with them his attitude in school has changed so drastically they called his mother to come into school, so they could find out why.  They met Billy, and noted the huge positive improvements in Dakota’s life.  That was months ago, and the progression has been spectacular, to say the least.

Last spring we had an I.E.P. at School, with the teachers, the Special Needs Coordinator, the Vice Principal, and of course, Dog Wish, present…oh yes, and Dakota & Billy.  It was unanimously agree that we need to get Billy into School with Dakota full time, a.s.a.p.  Please notice Dakota in this picture; this withdrawn, beaten down boy, with the smile, and the love for his dog.

“Rick Phelps was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease over two years ago, at the age of 57. About eight months ago, an unexpected caregiver came into his life that changed his world completely.

“Sam’s done more for me than any medication could ever do,” says Rick Phelps, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease over two years ago, at the age of 57. “He’s taken me from a twelve [out of ten] on the anxiety and stress scale, down to a two or three.”

No, Phelps isn’t referring to some world-renowned dementia specialist—in fact, the creature he’s describing doesn’t even walk on two legs.

He’s talking about Sam, a spry one-year-old German Shepard who is part of a new breed of service dog trained to help people suffering from mild to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Prior to his introduction to his canine caregiver, Phelps couldn’t even go shopping at the local Walmart for fear he would get lost and not know which door to use to get out of the store. Now, with Sam at his side, Phelps feels more comfortable embarking on outings.

A vigilant protector

It took a while for Phelps to acclimate to his companion’s constant attention to what he’s doing and where he’s going.

After only having Sam for a few days, Phelps forgot something out in his car and moved towards the door to go outside and get it. The dog calmly positioned himself in between Phelps and the door, blocking his exit. “It’s like he was a layer between me and the outside—he wouldn’t let me out the door without him,” Phelps says.

To Phelps, it’s as if the dog is paying 100 percent attention to him, and he’s not far off. The training facility he got Sam from—Dog Wish, Inc.—coaches their service dogs to give 95 percent of their attention to their handler. The other five percent is devoted to making sure their surroundings are safe.

Alzheimer’s service dogs can be trained to assist their cognitively-impaired handlers with a variety of daily tasks, from alerting them when a stove is left on or an appliance plugged in, to helping them identify their car in a crowded parking lot, or their house if they get lost on a walk. These protective pooches are also conditioned to home in on their owner’s scent (Phelps had to send a trainer some of his old clothes so Sam could get used to his scent), enabling them to track an Alzheimer’s wanderer for miles.

One good deed leads to another

The chain of events that led Phelps to Bob Taylor, the founder of DogWish.org, a charity that trains and sponsors service dogs for people with disabilities, was nothing short of serendipitous.

As a former law enforcement officer and emergency medical technician, Phelps was used to being active and helping people. But an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis meant that he had to quit his job much sooner than he planned on.

No longer being able to assist people in his neighborhood frustrated Phelps, until he realized that his diagnosis had inducted him into a whole new community of people in need: Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers.

Phelps created Memory People, a Facebook-based support and awareness group for people dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  A few months after he launched the group, a caregiver posted a question about how to find dementia service dogs. Having never heard of such a thing, Phelps did some research to help the woman with her query. He contacted Taylor to find out more information.

After passing along what he learned, Phelps didn’t think much more about the issue—until Taylor called him back a few hours later.  “He asked me if my wife was on board with me getting a dementia service dog—I was shocked,” he says.  It turned out that a sponsor had donated the money necessary to unite Phelps with his furry friend. “It’s hard to thank someone who changes your life like that,” he says of the unnamed donor.

 A powerful (and playful) puppy

Phelps is constantly awed by the various ways Sam helps him with everyday tasks. “He’s so good, it almost makes me sick,” he says. For instance, if Phelps goes to bed without putting on his Exelon patch, the dog will come over and lick the spot where the patch is supposed to go.

Sam is still a puppy at heart though. When Phelps takes off the dog’s working vest, all he wants to do is play. The playful pooch is also a critical source of companionship during the day while Phelps’ wife, Phyllis is out working.

Sam has given Phelps the opportunity to lead an engaged and fulfilling life in spite of his disease, and he didn’t even know that service dogs for people with Alzheimer’s disease existed until he was contacted by that caregiver.

That’s why, when Phelps travels around the country conducting seminars and advocating for Alzheimer’s awareness, he brings Sam with him whenever he can. He wants to spread the word about the powerful impact these dogs can have.

Phelps believes everything happens for a reason and he is well aware of the vital role that Sam has played in helping him cope with an ailment that devastates so many families. “He’s not going to cure my disease, but he has certainly changed how I live my day-to-day life,” he says. By Anne-Marie Botek, September 28, 2012

What matters is the “connection” that the client and the dog share.  That is vitally important, and what matters the most.  Placing a dog with you that will affect you like Sam has affected Rick, and Billy has affected Dakota, is all that matters.  That is our goal, and our reason for doing what we do.

Bob Taylor, President 

Dog Wish Incorporated bob@dogwish.org  760-662-3767 http://www.dogwish.org

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