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Hermione is a smart girl.  I told her to get the phone which was on a table on a charger in an upright position. Being a novice handler initially I told her UP and GET. She readily went up and gave me her "I have no idea what you want" look since there were many things on the table and I have never asked her to get the phone before. So I learned that I needed to put the phone and charger on the ground. She immediately knew I wanted the phone since I have taught her to GET what I indicate with my foot. After three tries she figured out how to get the phone out with one grab. Then we tried on the table. The first two times she hit the buttons on the charger but still picked up the phone. The third time she avoided the charged and picked up the phone but moved it as there wasn't much space. So the fourth time it was too far away for her to reach. So I moved it back and had her UP and GET again so we could end on a success.


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Apr. 21st, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Hurray for Mione!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Yay for success! :)

I'm still trying to get a dog and having such trouble with the agencies I've contacted, that training successes seem eons away. :P
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're having trouble. CCI has medical form that you give to your doctor and your doctor sends directly to CCI. You can see all the questions ahead of time. It explains what their difference types of assistance dogs do. The form also explains what is required to handle and take care of an assistance dog. It asks the doctor specific questions that pertain to whether in the doctor's medical opinion, you have a need for a service dog, and have the cognitive and emotional/social ability to handle and take care of a service dog.

CCI also has skilled companions or assisted service dogs for adults who can't handle a dog in public alone. CCI places assistance dog with adults who have traumatic brain injuries or Alzheimer's who aren't aware of what they are capable of.
Apr. 27th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
I just looked at the CCI application I got and it says it takes 2 years to get a dog after you get approved to get on the waiting list! O_O How long did it take you to get a dog after you applied?
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
CCI is divided into five different regions with five different regional centers and the wait varies a bit according to the region. I'm in the NW region and WI is in the NC region. The wait also varies according to your needs, and lifestyle and the dogs they have available.

Even so just for your reference, I started applying at the end of November 2006, got accepted at the end of March 2007 and went to Team Training in Feb 2008 when I got my dog Hermione. The NW region is also the national office.

The wait seemed endless, but was well worth it. I think any agency which is good will have a wait list, because it takes a lot of time to train a dog and dogs and people are individuals, so matching is involved.
Apr. 29th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
Just the idea of waiting 2 years to get a service dog makes me start crying. At this point I'd rather a half-assed match than wait for them to start with a puppy and tell me that IF they accept me after all the application crap is over, I should get a dog YEARS from now. During my better periods of function I'm only barely functional, and when things suck, I'm totally housebound. As it is now I only tend to go anywhere if Jason (BritHistorian) and/or Dylan (my elder son) goes with me because I just can't manage on my own. I don't HAVE 2 years, no matter how wonderful things will be after those 2 years are up, because basically it's like telling me I have to go to jail for 2 years but then when I get out things will be better. I seriously don't know what I'm going to do. I'm sinking deeper and deeper in depression as time goes by and there just HAS to be some alternative. :(
Apr. 29th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're so upset and that you are housebound on bad days.

However it takes a lot of excellent training and a dog with the right temperament to perform well in public situations, especially if you're feeling bad. There are a lot of people out there who feel that a dog with a vest is a license to pet and kids will literally grab the dog's tail. I am concerned that the wrong dog will actually make your situation worse.

Also even the best trained dogs have bad days too. They get sick. They misbehave. A well trained dog's misbehavior will be minor transgressions, but they are still dogs.
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