Did you know that Service Dog Training Institute offers a WHOLE class on selecting a service dog or assistance dog candidate?
It so important to start with the right dog that:
1. We created a whole class looking at how to determine your needs, puppy or adult, finding a breeder or rescue. Also included is key information about life stages of a dog (so you know and can prepare for each).
Here's an overview:
- Introduction to Choosing Your Service Dog Candidate!
- Lecture 1 General Points
- Lecture 2 Basic Biological Development of a Puppy
- Lecture 3 Social Development of Puppies
- Lecture 4 What Do You Need in an Assistance Dog?
- Service Dog Selection Homework 1
- Lecture 5 Selecting a Reputable Breeder and Puppy Buyer Etiquette
- Service Dog Selection Homework 2
- Lecture 6 Selecting an Adult Service Dog Candidate
- Service Dog Selection Homework 3
- Lecture 7 Preparation for Puppy Arrival
- References and Resources
2. We offer it for FREE!
Yes, choosing the right dog is key to success! While there are stories about miracle dogs rescued from bad situations becoming successful service dogs, those are celebrated by the media and such dogs are few and far between. The reality is that you need to start with a healthy dog with a great temperament that has been socialized from birth and living in a home environment. Those can be hard to find in today's world! Even in litters that are specifically bred for assistance work, only 3/7 successfully make it to the working stage. Even then, some of those dogs are retired early due to health issues that appear, temperament issues that occur later or trauma that occurs on the job. A well-bred dog shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Many of the mixed breed dogs of unknown parentage do cost an arm and a leg (up to $3500!) and may result in high medical bills and a very low success rate as a service dog. If you go in educated you can avoid the costs and heartache involved in a failed service dog.
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