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Getting Started as a Service Dog

What are My Options for Getting a Service Dog? There are several options: 1. Applying and getting a trained dog from a non-profit organization. You can apply to get a dog from anywhere in North America that are associated with…
Yes, you read that correctly! I am comparing building a road to training a service dog. It follows the same process.I was out walking my dog on a dead end road in our neighbourhood this morning. We have been watching…
Many parents struggle whether to get dog for their child who is on the autism spectrum. Should that dog be a family pet (acting as a personal therapy dog) or an actual service dog that can go into public places?…
Here is a 1hr 19 min video on selection of a potential service dog candidate (puppy or adult, purebred or mixed breed, from breeder or rescue). Many things to consider.[ Assessing Dogs for a Service Career ]
"I discovered your amazing training methods while searching for " trained diabetes alert dogs." I am new to all of this. Our 4.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I have no idea where to begin. Do…
In Home TasksIf you are considering in-home work only, almost any healthy dog of suitable size for the task can be taught some simple tasks. Your dog can even be 'stubborn', fearful or even what you consider to be dumb…
Do I Need to Certify my Dog?The answer is, it depends in what environments you want to use your dog's skills and where you live.If you are only going to use your dog at home, and take him only to…
Goal Setting:Here is an example of a fictional Training Plan so you can create your own.Create it however you feel comfortable whether it's in a spiral notebook, on an excel spreadsheet or on your phone! AirTable or Evernote are great programs for this!The…
Recently, I had an email question that I thought would be helpful for others to read that answer to. "I am writing to inquire it be ideal to train two young pups as service dogs together. There are two members…
Here is a great post on enrichment ideas for young puppies. It can be a challenge at some times of the year and in various locations to get the puppies out and about, or for some people training their own…
Since I've had several question about raising Service Dog puppies recently, here's a list of things to make sure your breeder does, in addition to the Early Neurological Stimulation Program:General socializing: the Rule of 7s:By the time a puppy is…
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