Clever Service Dog Protects His Owner's Head During Seizure
Living with us in big cities or in small villages, on the ocean shores, in the middle of the desert and even in space or on the North Pole, they march along, leaving 4 paw traces. They are our friends - dogs. They are glorified in legends since days ancient as being more faithful than people and remain close in perilous times. There are volumes of poems inspired by and devoted to them, monuments erected in their remembrance and the never-fading memories we cherish of growing up with our first dog.
In ancient times, dogs helped our ancestors hunt for mammoth and toothed tigers. Dog teams bare the credit naturalists, geologists and other adventure-seekers ventured into expeditions and conquest of the Arctic and Antarctic. In the world of today, many dogs live a comfortable couch life next to their beloved owners and we are grateful to them for the company.
Watch how Colt is trained to block his owner's head during a seizure - it's incredible to see! According to his owner, because she has a TBI, it's incredibly dangerous for her to hit her head. In this case though, it is only a reenactment and NOT a real seizure (she's not actually hitting her head).
He is trained to do this in a certain way that keeps both him and his owner safe and he is not in danger when assisting. With that in mind, it's always important to keep up with training (as you see in this video).
Frequently Asked Questions (via Colt's owner)
Q: What breed is Colt?
A: Weimaraner/English Labrador
Q: Where did I get Colt?
A: Colt was hand picked from a litter by a behaviorist and myself.
Q: Who trained Colt?
A: Colt was owner trained by myself.
Q: How did I train Colt?
A: I have many years of experience training military K9's.
Q: How long did it take to train him?
A: Training never really stops, but he was considered a fully trained service dog after a little over a year and a half.
Q: How does Colt alert to seizures?
A: Seizure alert cannot be trained, it's a natural instinct. The dog can either do it or it can't.
Q: How long do I have before a seizure or pass out spell when Colt alerts?
A: For seizures I have anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours - although on most occasions it's enough time to take medication to prevent the seizure. For pass out spells, I have about 15 min.
Q: What type of diet is Colt on?
A: We follow a Prey Model Raw PMR and Frankenprey diet. This is a raw diet including 80% muscle meat, 10% meaty bones, and 10% organs. No vegetables included in meals.
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