Keep Quiet? My healing dog?

Keep Quiet? Restrict activity for— THIS DOG?

Keep Quiet my Healing Dog.

Keep Quiet? Your fur friend has come through the surgery and is a bit groggy at the moment, but you know within a short time – he will have no idea he has to stay still or keep her mouth closed. Your dog will believe it is able to run and jump and leap and wrestle. The idea to rest so THIS IS POSSIBLE in the future is not something your dog understands.

Compliance with strict confinement and activity restriction is difficult, but is essential for proper healing.

This dog who runs as fast as the wind and jumps as high as a kite!
The dog that can ram you knock you out?

Now comes the challenges of “CALM” rehabilitation for you and your canine friend … You are a team to help your dog keep quiet.

And yes, yes I know—he wants a get out of jail free pass NOW! He is ready to run and jump and rip… And you need weeks of CALM BEHAVIOR – whisper it… C-A-L-M behavior.

Let’s get started… one minute at a time. You can do it! Keep quiet is not impossible.

Jaw surgery on a four-month-old, sentenced to one month in a muzzle and cone. Lot’s happens in that four month time – Let’s keep Brain Training.


  1. Reframe your thinking – from OMG to incredible opportunity
  2. Set up a routine
  3. Socialize while healing
  4. What to do with the “other pets”
  5. Change your environment
  6. Physical Therapy, Stretching and Body Rubs


Train the brain to drain the body energy.  

Move from bear to bear able! How do you maintain a comfortable and
stimulating environment for your dog during this time? Take advantage of
this unusual time to build BRAIN SKILLS. Using the brain is exhausting
and can tire a physically active dog.

Stay tuned for how to do these ideas.

  1. Chews wisely
  2. Toy rotation for extreme chewers
  3. Mindful eating – huh?
  4. Brain Booster Buddy ideas
  5. Resting Games
  6. Free Shaping but No FREE lunch
  7. Wait a Minute – Stealth Stay


  1. Touch Games
  2. Target Games
  3. Mind Games (learn colors, numbers, words)
  4. Massage
  5. T-Touch


  1. Work with your vet professional and follow all recommendations.
  2. Hire a Fear Free Certified Trainer to do In-Home classes based on recommendations

Jodee Kulp, ABCDT-2 is a certified Fear Free Dog Trainer and a member of The Pet Professional Guild

Service Dogs? Therapy Dogs? Emotional Support Animal?


Some clarification – and some videos you might enjoy

All one species and all different jobs Dogs can do.


A Service Dog is a working dog regardless of the breed and size. These dogs are trained and certified to do at least three specific tasks a person cannot accomplish on their own. It is a serious job with a lot of responsibility for the family and the dog. Each service dog team or triad is as unique as the dog and people involved. Skills and task sets will vary, as will abilities and outcomes. There are many skills a dog can be trained to do. A service dog is allowed to go with the person to school, public transportation, church, etc. The work of a service dog is serious business and can actually mean life or death for the person the dog serves. Because of the investment of thousands of individuals with integrity in the past, we respect and value the reality of these highly important jobs. We endorse doing this job right and certified if you are going to jump into this opportunity for a person you love.

A service dog is still a dog and you cannot take the dog out of the dog. Dog behaviors are part of the package.

In the case of working with persons with FASD, it is recommended there be a team of three (triad) 

  1. Task specific trained dog with a temperament that can handle the persons being served
  2. Full-time neuro-typical responsible handler (parent, spouse, partner) where the dog can get training, direction, leadership, protection
  3. Person (child, adult) who lives with the challenges of FASD who dog provides friendship, love and supports to

Service Dog Stories for person with FASD

Limey retired from being a service dog to our home. When he returned to our house (we were the initial trainers and breeders) he opened sliding doors, turned door knobs, pulled latches and hit the unlocks. We had to get a push then pull special latch to keep him in the house. Today I wish I had taken videos. He could open all the toilet lids for the other dogs to drink. Limey left being a service dog for my friend with FASD and became a service dog for our whole dog pack. It was crazy. Best to be prepared if you take on a service working dog for re-home – Limey did not retire, he simply changed jobs.

On the other hand, his calming and soothing skills proved valuable when I broke my back. He knew intuitively to lay still next to me barely breathing. His gentle rhythm moved and soothed my back against soft warm poodle fur all night. I know Dr Limey was part of my successful healing.

He also decided for the next five years to try to usurp the mild giant that would never start a fight, but was a finisher to the end. He never learned not to torment or not poke that big bear. Wise, brilliant and trained dogs are very special and they come with surprises.

  • Chancer – First Service Dog for Child with FASD – trained by 4 Paws for Ability
  • Sasha – Service Dog for Savannah – trained privately
  • Feather – Service Dog for Katherine – trained privately
  • Toby – Service Dog for Jordan (teen)

What can a service dog do for a child with FASD?

(Note: Dogs are not babysitters – even a standard poodle which I breed and train for high intelligence reaches only a 3 year old level, yes they can learn colors and read pictures, but they are still dogs)


  • Track if a child elopes (task)
  • Tether in public and stop if child bolts (task)
  • Seek caregiver if alarm sounds – window/bedroom/doors (task)
  • Find a caregiver when a certain behavior is displayed (task)
  • Provide support during waking and night terrors – our dog alerted with a buuffff and it reset our daughter’s system so she could awake. As an adult she explained it was like she was locked in a white wall and had to scream her way out, but the dog’s low bark could get through. (task)
  • Provide navigation and companionship to bathroom at night (task)
  • Behavior interrupt – dog is trained to know certain behaviors and interrupts them with play or kissing. Possible behaviors – head banging, picking, nail chewing, flapping (task)
  • Sense meltdown coming and redirect with play or calm petting (task)
  • Retrieve things (task)
  • Sense stress/anxiety and redirect (task)
  • Alert for seizures or blood sugar (task)
  • Pick up dropped items (task)
  • Help in cleaning room (task)
  • Steady for balance (task)

(These often fall in realm of job of EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL)

  • Companion and friend (not a task)
  • Calm in anxious situation (not a task)
  • Social lubrication/bridge – other kids like the dog and accept the child as a friend (not a task)
  • Increase confidence (not a task)
  • Provide focus in unstructured environment (not a task)

What can a service dog can do for adult with FASD?


  • Alert for seizures or blood sugar (task)
  • Interrupt behaviors like head banging, picking, nail chewing, flapping (task)
  • Provide safety in the community blocking, stopping (task)
  • Picking up dropped items if lacking balance or bracing when standing (task)
  • Guide home on command (task)
  • Enter home and check for safety (task)
  • Enter and sit in bathroom stall for safety (task)
  • Sense stress/anxiety and redirect (task)
  • Bark for help (task)
  • Retrieve a cell phone in a crisis (task)
  • Bring medication/juice box if needed (task)
  • Wake person in a loving way, kissing, pulling off covers, nuzzling (task)
  • Provide navigation and companionship to bathroom at night (task)
  • Open/shut doors, latches, drawers (task)
  • Turn on lights to enter house (task)
  • Help develop planning skills (task)
  • Stop at street curb and won’t allow person to go across street without proper signal (task)


  • Provide social lubrication (not a task)
  • Provide companionship (not a task)
  • Exercise and lower stress levels (not a task)
  • Being more in tune to keep dog safe in public (not a task)
  • Looking out for the needs of another beyond yourself (not a task)
  • Provide mitigation for excessive noise – hand drying machines, flushing toilets (not a task)
  • Provide navigation through crowds of people (not a task)
  • Increase confidence (not a task)
  • Provide focus in unstructured environment (not a task)
  • Backs away from aggression, goes to safe place (not a task)

If you are thinking of using a psychiatric service dog (PSD) the following states have special requirements. If you are in one of these states check out your details. You may also want to check what is happening with autism service dogs. Hope this information is helpful – not everything you read on the web is true. Check out ALL organizations, breeders and trainers carefully.

Potential task list for PDA

States with special requirements for PDA

  • Arkansas (Public Health Code § 20-14-304(a))
  • Delaware (Commerce & Trade Code § 6-45-4502)
  • Florida (Social Welfare § 413.08)
  • Georgia (Handicapped Persons Code § 30-4-2)
  • Idaho (Public Welfare Code § 56-701A(7))
  • Illinois (Civil Liabilities Code § 740.13/5)
  • Louisiana (Public Welfare Code § 46.1952)
  • Massachusetts (Criminal Code 1.272.98A)
  • Michigan (Penal Code Penal Code § 750.502c)
  • Mississippi (Criminal Code § 97-41-21(5)(g), referring to a service dog for a “physically limited” individual)
  • Missouri (Public Health & Welfare Code §
  • Oklahoma (Blind Persons Code § 7.19.1.D.2)
  • Oregon (Education & Culture Code § 346.680)
  • South Dakota (Personal Rights Code § 20-13-23.2)
  • Tennessee (Professions, Businesses and Trades Code § 62-7-112(a))

Links to learn more:


An emotional support animal (cat, dog, rabbit, bird) is just that – an animal used for emotional support to help a person deal with emotions. An emotional support animal has permission to live in housing areas not otherwise allowing pets. Some of the dangerous breeds may be disqualified and take legal action to gain permission. An emotional support animal is prescribed by a doctor.


A therapy dog begins life as a puppy going to obedience – my recommendation is that before taking the therapy test they have passed the AKC Star Puppy and been titled in AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Advanced Community Canine Good Citizen and AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen. These three titles and tests provide the basis to begin taking the Therapy Dog Classes and moving into higher levels of job performance.

Please comment and ask me questions. This is important stuff. It is important for ALL the quality service dogs and people who have gone before us to keep the sanctity of these roles wholesome and safe.

I volunteer in our community and made some short TV shows to help families – one on Gentle, Sharing and 3 Holiday Safety and Kids videos with our kind of kids helping me. All my shows are for our families – enjoy

My hope is to develop a Family Centered Dog Training Program to help children/teens/adults build executive function skills in the Twin Cities. Let me know if you are interested.

Here is some more information A Complete Guide to Service and Emotional Support Dogs

Holiday Safety – Kids and Dogs – Part Two

Explore the Salvation Army with
Judy and Join Amani (age 7)

Explore the Salvation Army with Judy and Join Amani (age 7) in Part @ as he takes his job seriously as “Sherlock”, to think like a dog during the holidays. “Hmmm I wonder what a dog thinks?

Learn to make some “Dog Gone Good Cookies.” Child viewing friendly with games a child can play with his or her fur pal. Enjoy all 3 half hour programs.

Holiday Safety – Kids and Dogs – Part One

Let’s learn to make some Pupscicles and learn what your dog might think about the Christmas Holidays.

Join Amani (age 7) working as “Sherlock”, as he learns to think like a dog during the holidays. “Hmmm I wonder what a dog thinks? Child viewing friendly with games a child can play with his or her fur pal. Enjoy all 3 half hour programs.


Injured Dog – Training Ideas For A Recovering Dog

Tricks that can be taught while the dog remains lying down:

Nose Knows “Touch”

  • “Touch”
  • Object to Nose
  • Touch hand
  • Touch stick
  • Push ball with nose
  • Touch ball

Eye Can Do It

  • Blink
  • Eyes
  • Look

Body Smarts

  • Relax
  • Possum
  • Play Dead
  • Settle

Smart Mouth

  • Kisses
  • Sneeze
  • Yawn
  • Smile
  • Speak
  • Lick Lips
  • Open Mouth on Cue
  • Spit it out
  • Give
  • Take

Heads Ahead

  • Sharing with another dog
  • Taking turns
  • Turn head
  • Shake Head
  • Rest Chin
  • Reverse
  • Count
  • Colors Blue, Yellow, Black, White
  • Nod
  • Nuzzle with head

Paws Pause

  • “Target” with Paw
  • Paw Lift
  • Hugs
  • Cross your paws
  • Right Paw
  • Left Paw
  • Paw on your hand
  • Paw on you knee
  • Salute
  • Paint

Kids and dogs – Leave It

Teaching “Leave it” 

Level One:
Showing “Leave It” Behavior

  1. Put a treat in your hand and show it to your animal before closing your fist over it.
  2. Ignore him as he tries to get the treat from your hand – you may be pawed, licked or nibbled on.
  3. As soon as he looks away or at you, say “Yesss. Good boy/girl.”
  4. Immediately give him a treat from your other hand.
  5. Play game until he begins to look away immediately.
  6. Take a break and have some dog fun…

Level Two:
Teaching “Leave It” words

  1. Present the hidden treat and then introduce the words “Leave it.” Use a non-command, no
  2. When he is

“Leave It” Games
Do these games in number order

Game One:

  1. Next place the treat on the floor or tabletop with your hand over it.
  2. Do the same as you did before.
  3. He must look away before he can have a “different treat” in its place.

Game Two:

  1. Once he can leave that, place the treat on the floor or tabletop with a cloth over it.
  2. Walk by – when his nose looks at it, say “Leave it.”
  3. When he looks at you give him a better treat from your hand.

Game Three:

  1. Place some food on the tabletop and walk a short distance away.
  2. As soon as he looks at the food, say, “Leave it.”
  3. Give him a better treat when he turns from the forbidden object to you.

Kids and Dogs – Gentle

Meet Rhys a fun preschooler who is learning to be gentle and not wild, learning calming techniques and manners as his visits his Aunt Mary and learns how to work, play and love on delightful Teagan. Having a dog with manners can make all the difference in the world in the development of good communication and family relationships. Lets start with learning to be gentle.

Promoting community safety while living, loving and laughing with your dog pal.







Kids and Dogs – Sharing – Turkey Jerky

Turkey Jerky – Dogs Love it
and if your kid eats it… It’s safe and still yummy.

Meet Rhys a fun preschooler who is learning his own calming techniques and manners as his visits his Aunt Mary and learns how to work, play and love on delightful Teagan. Having a dog with manners can make all the difference in the world in the development of good communication and family relationships. Lets start with learning to share.

Promoting community safety while living, loving and laughing with your dog pal.

Sharing Game

  1. Prepare a pile of small tasty dog treats. If you have only one dog, prepare a pile of small tasty dog treats AND a small pile of human treats.
  2. Begin with the word “Share” and hold a dog treat.
  3. Say, “This one is for (dog’s name)” and give treat
  4. If you have more than one dog, look at the dog who did not get that treat and say, “Share” hold the dog treat.
  5. Say, “This one is for (other dog’s name)” and give treat
  6. You can also put yourself into the mix or the cat or not present dog friend.
  7. Play until all treats are divided up.