Selecting a Dog Breed for Service Dog Work

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The first step in selecting a potential service dog in training is to decide what whether you plan to buy a purebred puppy from a reputable breeder, or adopt a rescue dog. I’ll cover just purebred puppies in this post, and tackle rescue dogs in the next post. Determining what breed will best fit your individual service dog needs is complicated and best determined with professional advice.  Find a trainer who has a wide range of experience with different breeds and knows the breed traits of all or most of the AKC breeds.   Not all trainers have this type of […]

Service Dog Selection – The Right Way

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The first thing to do when starting the search for a service dog in-training is to locate the most qualified service dog trainer you can find.  Don’t get a puppy or a dog and then look for a trainer!  Find the trainer first, and let them help you find a service dog prospect. When looking for a trainer, find someone who has loads of dog training experience, has studied or apprenticed at a reputable service dog organization, understands disabilities and working with a disability population, knows dog breeds extensively, understands how to identify reputable dog breeders, and who has experience […]