This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from Service Dog Academy’s Blog. A student from Tallahassee Florida left a comment asking if a medical alert dog trained for diabetic alert could also be trained for psychiatric service or even emotional support. This is a very pertinent question giving the fact that people with chronic life alerting conditions with no cures have a tendency to experience anxiety and depression. Can you guess what my answer is going to be? Watch this weeks video to see if your medical alert dog can also be trained to provide psychiatric service dog tasks for emotional support and general wellbeing.
So, we know that just having a dog can improve your emotional and psychiatric health but what do you think about specifically training your dog to help you through the tough days? Leave a comment below, Id love to hear your opinion.
Absolutely dogs can provide emotional support! I have personal experience with this very issue for myself and my sister. She also had diabetes as well as COPD and atrial fibrillation. Her Lab Banjo was a great comfort to both of us as we progressed toward her eventual passing. My own dogs help sustain me through my grief as well.
They seem to have a built in instinct for when your heart is hurting.
You are so correct here because I have experienced this with I dog I use to have. He was a great help.