Over the past week Ren has been learning her first task Deep Pressure Therapy or as it’s known in the service dog community DPT.
Deep pressure therapy can be used for all kinds of reasons, grounding, numbness, stabilizing ect.
Ren will be preforming DPT for numbness I get in my legs and grounding after a black out.
The first day I sat on the floor and lured Ren over my lap and asked her to stay in that position to get the idea. Video
The second day I added the verbal cue but I was still luring her with strong hand gestures. Video
The next session was Ren responding to my hand signal and verbal cue 6 out of 10 times.
The last session was when I was able to have Ren do “pressure” with a verbal cue and a small hand gesture. She did it 8 out of 10 times successfully (Meaning the right position on my legs). Video
I’m so excited that Ren has learned her first task, we will have a video on our YouTube channel on Monday showing Ren learning her first task.