Hey guys I really love your blog! I have a question regarding training a PSD and the issues with anxiety. I train my dog mostly by myself and I have some help from dogtrainers but everytime I go online and see all those professionally trained service dogs from organisations (on blogs and such) I always get extremly afraid and worry so much, that I won't fullfill this high standard... It is like my mental illness is even then telling me that I won't be good enough! Any experience with this? thx
Hey there! And thank you!
I haven’t experienced this exactly. BUT, I foster, handle and train dogs for a program. I spent a lot of time freaking out and texting the other trainers panicking because I felt like I couldn’t meet the standards.
I tried to quit multiple times, lucky for me, they didn’t let me lol (how I got into fostering/handling/training for them is a long story that I won’t take up this ask with. If you want to know the full story, let me know and I’ll make a post!)
Training dogs is a learning experience! You work with your dog as a team, and together you learn new things all the time!
Yes there are high standards for service dog training, and it takes a ton of work; but the way to meet those standards is to work with your dog as a team. You learn together!
I’ve learned so much from working with my dogs. (Yes, I call them my dogs, they lived with me for 6+ months and I love them all!)
No one starts off being able to meet the standards, not you, nor your dog. It’s a journey!
The two of you will get there, I promise!