Service Dog Task: How to Teach Distress Response. Distress Response is a helpful service dog task that can relieve the pangs of distress by having a dog interrupt distressing feelings. Feel free to use hyperventilation, picking at hair, picking at skin ect with cation as the trigger behavior you want your dog to interrupt. You can actually teach your dog to respond to all of them. It doesn't have to be limited to just one.
If you want this to work outside, you will need to retrain this outside and in many different locations. I only showed the at home version.
I feel this task can help more than just people who are disabled by their condition but simply just need a helping paw during a difficult time. I think it is to the benefit of people with Depression/anxiety symptoms that are not fully in control by medication but not considered disabled by their condition to teach this to their dogs.
Nova is very happy to help me because I use force free/positive dog training to train her.
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