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    1. 1. About My Service Dog and I<br />Hi!<br />My name is Dawn. <br />I have a specific disability that my service dog assists me with.<br />My dog’s name is Weliwoni. It is a native American (Abenaki) word which means “Thank you very much”. I call him “Buster” most of the time though…<br />“Buster” is almost 2 years old.He is trained to do many tasks that help me live with my disability..<br />
    2. 2. Meet “Weliwoni” aka: Buster<br />
    3. 3. Buster’s Trainer…. www.serviceassistancedogs4u.org<br />
    4. 4. Busters Tasks……<br />Wake me during nightmares or when I sleep walk<br />Alerts me if there is anyone near my vehicle (when we are parked in parking lots)<br />Reminds me to take medications at specific times during the day/night.<br />Assist me with my daily routines and household chores<br />Assist me to leave a uncomfortable situation<br />Alert to a incipient panic attack<br />Brace or lean against me. (Mobility & Tactile)<br />Buffer owner in crowded situations<br />
    5. 5. Busters Tasks ….continued<br />Tactile Stimulation<br />Hallucination Discernment<br />Staying with and focusing on me (helps ease some anxieties)<br />Interrupt repetitive or compulsive behavior (picking)<br />Helps me “come back” from (or prevents) moments of dissociative behavior<br />Distraction (from getting stuck in the mind.)<br />And it’s just pretty comforting to have my best friend with me all the time. <br />
    6. 6. Busters antics…<br />Loves to fetch balls<br />Always wants contact<br />Is a attention hog<br />Hates squirrels<br />Is afraid of the vacuum<br />Enjoys all toys with squeakers.( destroying them to get the squeaker)<br />Is motivated with play and positive reinforcement<br />Has really soft ears<br />Doesn’t bark unless it is very important<br />Likes to play Laser pen with grandpa <br />Lays on his belly to eat his meals<br />Will only eat his meal if he is in the same room as Dawn<br />
    7. 7. Common Q&A<br />How old is he?He is very young. Not even 2 yet.<br />What KIND of service dog is he?He is a Psychiatric Service Dog. He assists me with a severe medical disability. He also helps with mobility.<br />Does he ever get to behave like a “normal” dog?Oh yes. He is very much a “normal” dog that loves to run, romp and chew.<br />Where did you get him?I got him from “Ambassador Assistance Animals International” where he was trained for me.<br />Can I pet him?I understand very much how tempting he is, but I would really appreciate it if you didn’t, because he is working, and I need his focus to be primarily on me.<br />
    8. 8. He loves his job…..<br />
    9. 9. A Guide Dog for the mind…..<br />A Guide dog for the mind……….<br />
    10. 10. Credits<br />Power point Created by Dawn Allen <br />Brought to you today by the letters<br />D O & G<br />Hissy Fits And Halos<br />www.hissyfitsandhalos.net<br />

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