People with Parkinson’s can find great benefit from dog ownership. Dogs can help to encourage exercise through their need for daily walks, socialization and friendship. A dog can be purely a companion, or can be a service dog assisting with item retrieval, fall prevention and maintaining gait.
In many cases, a well behaved dog who has passed Canine Good Citizen training can be trained to be a service dog by working with a quality trainer.
“Honey Bear” is a trained service dog owned by PD patient, Parkinson’s Advocate, and former PASD Board President, Catherine Rodriguez, Ed.D., who together have authored a children’s book, “The World According to Honey Bear”, which is an excellent tool for beginning the difficult discussion of how, and why a child’s family member is changing. Click here for more information and to order.
Please contact us at 858-273-6763 for more information on the program or for information on local trainers who are familiar with the needs of Parkinson’s families.