I saw you mentioned your assistance dog on another thread and wanted to further the discussion with you if you don't mind. What kind of special training did your dog need to help to alert you to your seizures? How old was he/she before becoming a help to you? Is your dog an official "service dog" and if so, what kind of special training did you need? We've selected a Golden Retriever breeder in Austria (and she's agreed) for a puppy for my daughter to help her as a "psychiatric service dog". But the puppy won't be born/ready until December. I thought I might advertise in the base paper for a K-9 handler to help us train the puppy next spring and we should be able to get the pup in obedience training classes too. Can you tell me more about how your dog helps you? Thanks for sharing, Nancy B.