Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lake Charles, LA
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Thanked 6,750 Times in 2,880 Posts
If you are looking for a service dog, you need one with a rock solid temperament. That is another benefit of going with a reputable, experienced breeder, they should know their lines and help pick the perfect pup for your needs.
As far as health clearances, you don't want to put all the money, time, and emotion into training a service dog, only to have the dog have a health issue pop up that prevents it from doing its job. Of course there are no guarantees in life, but a small investment up front can significantly reduce the chances of problems later on.
The only other option I would recommend is contacting a golden rescue group for an ADULT golden that has the qualities needed for a service dog.
AJ's Maiden By the Sea CDX RE (Annabel) 2003-2016
Mud E Paws UDX OM2 RE OBHF (Conner) 2004-2015
Sunfire's Flying Head Over Heels UD BN RE JH WC (Flip)
Sunfire's Ashes To Gold CD PCD BN RN WC (Phoenix) 2013-2016 - Forever my baby angel