Hi! I wanted to take a minute to introduce Nova - my SDit and Dakota - a SD Candidate for a handler in IL. Nova Newfoundland 2.5yo Training for Fibromyalgia/Light Mobility Assistance and PSD work https://www.facebook.com/NovaNewfSDit Nova is in training to be a Fibromyalgia Assistance Dog through our training program - Pawtential Partners. After a car accident left me with substantial muscle and nerve damage in my neck, back and hips - I developed full blown Fibro. This manifests itself in several major ways for me - though it can present differently for everyone: Chronic Pain - for the last 17 yrs, I have been in some measure of pain from the time I wake up until I go to bed. Some days are better than others but without my daily meds, I can barely function. Muscle Spasms - Especially bad in my back Tender Points - OMG YES! I never understood why people touching me was so painful - now I do. Fibro FOG - Major memory issues and cognitive impairment IBS - Joy oh Joy! Sensitivities - Odors/Light/Sounds/Crowds/Personal Space Sleep issues - Insomnia / CFS Nerve Damage - Expanding numbness in one leg Muscle Weakness - Especially right hip damaged in the accident Depression / Anxiety Early Onset Osteoporosis For me, Nova's training will incorporate numerous tasks that I'm sure will change over time as my condition worsens. For now, the most substantial are: Light Mobility: Balance assistance, momentum pulling, and counterbalance for getting up. Item Retrieval: Both picking up dropped items and locating lost items like car keys and my phone. (Fibro fog) Navigation: Finding the car - you would be surprised how difficult this is sometimes. Deep Pressure Therapy: A variation of Paws Up for applying pressure to areas of my back that are in spasm. And then we have one of our up-and-comers. Dakota (Ravyn's brother) is a candidate in our training program to assist a handler in IL with mobility and balance issues. Dakota Border Collie x Hound mix 5 months Training for Light Mobility Assistance https://www.facebook.com/dakotasdit He is just coming to the end of his candidacy next month but I don't see anything that will stop him advancing to Service Dog in Training status. We watch and work with pups for the first 6 months to make sure they are suitable for the program and he has done beautifully!