These instructions will help train your dog to be a service dog.
Dogs are our true friends. They love us unconditionally and they are always by our side. You can’t count the benefits of having a companion dog to be your friend and part of the family. That’s what you get for having a dog, but can you imagine the number of things a service dog can provide?
Service dogs provide special services that are very helpful for us. After ADA’s ruling in 1990, service dogs are being dealt with as more than pets. Now, pet owners and those who are looking for adding someone to their family have many questions to ask when it comes to searching for a service dog.
They always ask about the most suitable dogs to be service dogs. Once they decided upon the suitable breed, they start to wonder how to make their service dog certified as an assistance animal.
We have brought you a step-by-step guide to making your dog a certified dog service, the required attributes, and how to train them. Let’s first answer the common and start-up question of the most suitable dogs to be service dogs.
As for the breeds, German shepherds, golden retrievers, border collies and Labrador retrievers are the most suitable dogs for many kinds of service. However, when it comes to service dogs, different breeds can provide different services. It isn’t a privilege for specific breeds.
Setters and Shiba-inu are best dogs to be trained for seizure assistance. On the other hand, other breeds like bloodhounds, chihuahuas, mastiffs, and beagles can be trained to provide different kinds of services. In general, dogs with big bodies can assist in kinds of physical services that require physical strength, while smaller breeds can assist in different services.
So let’s have a look at the guide to make your dog a service dog, and the temperament and other factors that play a great role in the process.
Step 1. The Physical
Assessing Age and Health
To follow your service dog’s health, you need to pay a visit to the vet every now and then. A check-up can help detect any health issues like diabetes that can affect your dog’s health and it wouldn’t be good then to let them be a service dog.
All service dogs need to be neutered. That would help male dogs to be less aggressive and avoid female dogs to work while having babies. The service dogs should also be 6 weeks old and should have the required personality for being a service dog.