Colt is a service dog who helps his owner, Janaye get through everyday life. She survived a traumatic brain injury, which causes seizures and fainting. Janaye’s right side is left pretty much useless and she often has pain.
Colt acts as her hands, picking things up, turning on lights, opening doors and other everyday tasks. He also fetches Janaye’s medication and is able to alert her so she is able to avoid a seizure.
As much as Janaye depends on Colt’s help these days, there was a time she thought he might not work out. Janaye got him for basic assistance such as picking things up and opening doors. Colt would start acting crazy, jumping on her and barking. She realized he was alerting her to a seizure and began shaping the behavior so that now he paws at Janaye to alert her.
The ability to alert to seizures is not trainable. A dog has to already be able to do it. Colt can alert up to two hours ahead of a seizure, giving Janaye time to get to a safe place and lay down. If she faints, Colt licks her hands and face.
Colt’s owner wants him to live a good life with time off where he can play and be a dog. Colt is a service dog that works hard and plays hard.