The trainer in Dallas I'd refer you to is part of a therapy group with her own dogs. She would be a good person to answer your questions and evaluate your pup for that type of work. If you will send me a PM I'll give you her information.
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CAROLINA MOM (11-29-2012)
Hello, I just brought home my 8 week old golden girl Lexi. I will be training her to be my service dog( I had a previous service dog I retired) and like some said, it is massive socialization and obedience training. Even at 9 weeks, I am doing obedience training at home and socializing her as much as possible.
When she is about 5 months, I will start the obedience classes with her and do the "service stuff" which is diabetic alert( scent work) the whole time. That is actually the easiest part and takes the least time!
It will be nice to keep in contact with those training for service work!
Service dog is the key word, what service is the dog going to be doing?
You also need a doctor to sign off on any condition. You will first want toget your dog to pass a basic CGC certification.
Knowing all the basic commands and having the dog know all the hand movements too.
What Is the reason for service dog? F your reason is to get your dog in places you normally can't then your doing it for the wrong reasons and gives those who need the dog a bad name...
The ADA are cracking down on those who don't have conditions that warrant a service dog.
If your asking how your dog can be a service dog, first you gotta know what service it's doing; most service dogs are picked at a early age for certain tasks not all dogs can do...
But I'd first get his CGC, knowing all his commands, go to training once or twice a week for at least 3 months; go to dog parks, local public areas get him to socialize and then lastly after he's mastered all his commands find a local service dog training center to evaluate your dog to see if they have what it takes and then get your doctor to sign off
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