Malcolm is an 1 year old German Shepherd that is training to be a mobility service dog.
Malcolm will need x-rays to clear his hips and classes to complete his training. The x-rays are vital since Malcolm will be providing counter balance work. Tao Service Dogs refuses to work a dog who has joint issues. He also has his neuter coming up when he turns 18 months of age.
Malcolm has some food allergies that require specialized food for his continued growth and health. He is now eating California Naturals Kangaroo and Red Lentil or Zignatures Limited Ingrediant Duck dog food to keep his allergies under control. Donations of dog food for Malcolm would be equally important for his training.
The training goals for Malcolm include learning to brace his handler's leg when she begins to collaspe, provide counter-balance while walking, retrieving items for his handler and assisting with opening doors, cabinets and drawers as needed.
His tasks will also include helping with laundry, turning on/off lights, medical alert, Deep Pressure Therapy, plus more as his handler needs.
The funding goal will pay for his needs for training, equpiment to train him specialized tasks, health checks and travel to take his Public Access Training from a third party trainer since Malcolm will be placed with Tao Service Dogs owner.
Malcolm's handler has a neurological condition that affects her balance, muscle strength and ability to walk. She struggles daily with chronic pain which saps her mental, emotional and physical energy. The condition is progressive which means that Malcolm will need to assist her with getting undressed, opening doors, counter balance, blocking of her leg when it buckles, retrieving items to prevent falls and continued education as more tasks are required to assist with daily living. He will not only help her maintain her independence, but make it possible to maintain her home by aiding with dishes, laundry and energy saving tasks to give her the chance to enjoy her life more.
Malcolm also works as Tao's demo dog when assisting other owner/trainers on their quest to independence. He helps with dog/dog socialization, demonstration of basic foundation skills and advanced task skills. In order to do this Malcolm needs training tools such as dial boxes, push buttons, cords for pulls and light boxes which assist in teaching advanced skills to other handlers and himself so he can demostrate them. A portion of Malcolm's funds will go into helping other individuals who are disabled and need the aid of a service dog.
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