I have a dog that I bought a service licence for online. I have fibro, chronic pain, anxiety, depression etc. When I got her I wanted to train her to stay where I would place her on my body for heat thearpy. She is my side kick, she is always at my heal, waits outside the bathroom door for me, sleeps with me and all. She lays and presses against my back when I sit up to type in my chair and she has a 6th sense that others have talked about when I am really upset or in a lot of pain. She wouldn't leave my side for a steak at that point! She is my best friend seriously. I love my husband and we are together 24/7 too, I have been blessed to adopt and have 5 beautiful children... but I love this dog and she loves me and it is a very special bond. Studies have shown forever how animals can help people get well, feel better, give them a will to go on. I don't know you could go wrong with a thearpy dog. Just do your research and find a dog that matches the energy level of the person that is getting it. Like my little dog, I joke she is lazier then I am... but if I overdo it and am in bed for 3 days after suffering... she stays in bed with me. She sleeps under the blanket pushed up against me. Sometimes I read or play a video game and I worry she must be bored lieing ever so still next to me, but she is always there no matter what I am doing. Gonna choke me up how loving and loyal she is. Also I don't think it is any mistake that dog spelled backwards is GOD. They are truely God's gift to mankind.
I've wondered the same thing. I've noticed that when my son is overwhelmed and out of control our animals calm him dramatically but we can't take them everywhere....
From what you said you may not need an actual trained therapy dog, or service dog. What you might just need is a good family pet that is mostly hers. Go to a shelter or if you use a private person make sure that you get the dog that wants your DD and she wants it. A dog is very calming and they seem to know what their human needs. From what you are saying about her pain I would go for a young adult dog, you want it to be energetic enough to keep up with her but not a puppy that would be bouncing all over her causing more pain. Then you can find a local trainer that gives group sessions those are usually cheaper, and get your dog all the obedience classes and think you all may be happy with that situation. Do you need a dog to accompany her when she leaves the house? If not I wouldn't get the therapy/service dog you don't need one.
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