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About six years ago my Dad broke his back. They expected him never to walk again. Now he walks with a cane most of the time and only during long periods of walking does he use a wheel chair. He does have trouble with picking things up off the ground and loss of balance sometimes. The loss of balance really hits him hard because it terrifies him to feel like he is going to fall. This is because he fell off the roof of their two story house when he broke his back.

For the last 4-5 years he has on and off again mentioned getting a service dog, there are ones trained to assist with balance and also to pick things up. He has not obtained one yet. At first it was because they had two dogs at the time, both dogs have since passed away at 16 and 17 years old.

I know that there are places where people in my Dad’s situation can get a service dog from and I also know that some people train their own dogs. My Dad would not be able to train his own dog because of his mobility issues. I am wondering if there is a place where we could send a dog to be trained specifically for him?

He loves poodles and said if my daughter ever didn’t want to take care of Cash any more we could send him out to Virginia and my Dad would keep him. Well, I’m not considering sending Cash to him, but I thought if I could find a spoo who would be a good candidate then we could send him for the training. (I wish I could do the training but I don’t have that much undivided time in my schedule).

Any suggestions?
 

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Thank you all for your words of advise! Poodleholic, you and you dogs are amazing! I'm so glad that they were there to help you in your time of need! Also, that you are "Paying it forawrd" by helping others is so nice to hear!

My father is going to be visiting Service Dogs of Virginia, in Charlottesville around the end of January so we will see what that brings.

I wish I lived closer to them so I could go with!
 
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