You are here:

Canine Behavior/Personal Service Dog

Advertisement


Question
I have really bad vertigo and migraines would it be possible to train my dog to sense when I'll be having an episode?  Thank you very much

Answer
I don't know enough about migraines to answer that, although dogs have been trained to identify other medical episodes.  Certainly, a dog could be trained to assist someone with severe vertigo by acting as a mobility support dog, similarly to those used to stabilize someone with Parkinson's.  They can also be trained to use a special K9 phone to call 9-1-1 in the event a person falls and is unconscious.  This training is very specialized, but if you have a good clicker trainer in your area, it might be possible.  Not inexpensive, certainly, but possible.  Service dogs MUST be appropriate in other ways also, so that they don't violate any of the niceties that would make them poor candidates for "public access."  Check out this site: www.iaadp.org.  

Canine Behavior

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Anne Springer, B.S., Dip., CAPCT

Expertise

I am happy to answer questions about: dog behavior and training, therapy dogs, training disabled dogs, training recently rescued dogs, and managing off leash play groups.

Experience

Professionally involved in teaching private and group lessons, and doing behavior consultations. American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, Therapy Dogs, Inc. Tester/Observer. Special interest in pet/elder issues, and in therapy dogs.

Organizations
Truly Dog Friendly Association of Pet Dog Trainers International Positive Dog Training Association Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Publications
Gloucester Times Cape Ann Beacon Ipswich Chronicle Beverly Citizen Salem News Examiner.com

Education/Credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Cum Laude. Diploma in Dog Obedience Instruction, Graduate of NY School of Dog Grooming, Certified Advanced Pet Care Technician - American Boarding Kennels Assn., Certified Pet First Aid & CPR, American Red Cross

Awards and Honors
2002 Caregiver Award from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, for Pawsitive Connections Program (pet/elder issues)

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.