When Annette came to Service Dog Project she was walking bent at about a 45 degree angle, hanging onto a metal walker. Stepping up a few stairs was a formal project; climbing a hill was totally out of the question.
She was encouraged to leave the walker behind and practice walking by holding onto the back pocket or belt of her partner. This improved her posture and got her ready to walk tall with her new service dog, Lydia. This is not a person bent over a walker or a cane. From the standpoint of science it may be a matter of her center of gravity- but in reality it is the center of concentration.
Annette can climb any mountain now! Well at least a big hill. Thanks to Lydia.
– Carlene White, founder of Service Dog Project in Ipswich, MA. The organization trains and places Great Danes with people who live with Multiple Sclerosis, Friedreich’s ataxia, and veterans with disabilities.