Think your dog could make it as a service dog? In the latest video of our series with Medric Cousineau and his service dog Thai, he tells us all that can go into a working day for his dog.
“The ability to stay curled up under a table, for three hours, for a dog, it’s a skill. It’s an acquired, trained, skill,” says Cousineau.
Cousineau says many people think their dogs could be service dogs, but that there’s much more to the job than just having a calm animal.
After a day of travelling with his dog Thai, on planes, and through busy cities, he says his dog Thai wasn’t fazed at all.
“Back to the skydome, watched the ballgame … left there with 30 000 of our closest friends and walked back to the hotel. So how’re you feeling?” Cousineau says.
He says work for service dogs is hard, and people are constantly shocked that his dog Thai can curl up at his feet on a plane without making a sound.
“Do we do that everyday? No, but there are days that that happens, and they are up to the ability,” he says.
“Cous” graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1983 and went on to earn his Wings as an Air Navigator and subsequently became an Anti-Submarine Warfare Specialist on the Seaking’s.
In 1986 ‘Cous” was injured in a daring Air Sea Rescue, which resulted in his being awarded the Star of Courage and developing serious PTSD.
Thai is Cousineau’s PTSD service dog who he connected with in 2012. She inspired him to co-found the Paws Fur Thought initiative that pairs veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD with service dogs.
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