Service Dog Training Guidelines

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Thinking of turning your pet into a part of the police force or as a seeing dog? Dogs have different temperaments; it’s important to know what sort of service will fit the personality of your pooch. Many dog schools train pets to give assistance on a variety of tasks including serving the blind, sniffing out illegal drugs, or offering psychiatric relief for people who are trying to overcome trauma.

Training Service Dogs: Factors to Consider and What to Expect

There are several factors that you will have to consider when training your pet as a service dog. For example, your pet has to complete specialized training and get certification as proof of the completion of their training. Also, your dog should get into a program that meets the minimum standards and ethics imposed in your area.

Prior to service training, your dog will be screened for working ability, as well as physical and emotional soundness. During the training, your pet will perform technically and analytically developed training for specialized tasks. All dogs under training are allowed to learn at his pace. As such, dogs who haven’t reached their adequate physical and emotional maturity are discouraged from taking the service training.

Service dogs are expected to work and behave a certain way. He must be well groomed, well behaved, and should not defecate or urinate in inappropriate locations.

The pet has to take directions well; he should not growl, bark, or whine unnecessarily and must not show aggression towards other people or animals. Finally, service dogs should not solicit food or steal food nor disrupt normal course of business.

While in training as a service dog, your pet should be able to work calmly and quietly on leash, harness, or any other tether. He should be able to work in public without getting distracted, lie down quietly without blocking the way, and could defecate and urinate on command. A service dog is also required to stay 24 inches away from its handler at all times unless the nature of the training requires lesser or greater distances.

The Makings of a Perfect Service Dog

Once your dog has completed the training, he should be able to respond to commands from a client 90% of the time when asked in both home and public environments. The dog should demonstrate basic obedience skills by responding to hand signals while in a seated position or while walking alongside the client in a controlled position.

The dog should meet all the standards required for assistance in public but has to be equally well-behaved at home. The dog should be able to do at least 3 specialized tasks to assist the client with disability.

When your pet completed the program, he will be matched with a client whose own temperament complements his personality well. For example, if the client loves to go out on walks, the dog that will be matched for him will be one that loves going out for walks and so on.

Of course, the clients will be screened as well. He should be able to treat the dog with respect and carry out his obligations to your pooch without fail.