Dear Dogster reader,

Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Dogster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.

Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Dogster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.

Dogster magazine, www.dogster.com and the associated social media sites are NOT shutting down. We encourage you to continue reading the content found in the pages of the magazine and the web sites, commenting through the mechanisms provided and sharing your ideas and comments with us and your fellow readers.

Instructions for accessing pet profiles were shared with everyone in 2017. The instructions can be found within the forum. AFTER JULY 20TH, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CONTENT. And, effective immediately, we are no longer able to answer questions about the community.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.

Cheers,
Dogster

Hallucination task training help

I have PTSD and suffer from terrible hallucinations and panic attacks. I have started training my 5 year old mini Aussie as my service dog since he has been providing me the emotional support that I need since my most recent relapse. I want to task train him and read about how your dog can be trained to alert you that your hallucinating and it's not real. The example was that you ask the dog to great the person (or thing you think is there) and when the dog comes back to you because nothing is there it's a sign that everything is safe. Is there another option for a signal? Where do I start? Currently I have most of them at night and just start attacking the air, his response is to come over to my stomach (he sleeps on the bed by my feet) and press his nose to me and lean on me. Any advice will be appreciated (I am seeking psychiatric help)
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