Training a service dog is not the easiest, it will take years of dedication and it ranks “moderate” on the difficulty scale; but a properly trained service dog is a valuable resource for people with physical handicaps (such as the visual and hearing impaired and someone who suffers from some sort of seizures). Training can begin young, when the pup is two months old and usually takes 2 years to complete. Put a collar on him as soon as you get him home, this allows him to get used it to as it will become a very important part of the training sessions. In addition to the collar, it is also important to allow the pup to get used to his vest to be worn for service.
A service vest is usually heavy and durable and has pockets and/or handles and will let everyone know that he is “working”. At the beginning, the vest can make some dogs uneasy, so just put it on for a few minutes and reward him for the time he remains calm while wearing it. Training sessions should be between 10 and 15 minutes long; young dogs (like young children) have a limited attention span. Obviously you must start with the basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come. As always, with any training process, lots of praise and rewards are a great positive reinforcement. Once simple commands are mastered, it will be time to move on to more difficult ones like “hold it” and “pick it up”.Our website provides info about service animal ca
Order your dog to “take” while moving a small object or wooden dowel towards the mouth. A bit of peanut butter on the object is acceptable to make it more desirable. Praise should immediate follow the taken of the dowel and then remove it from their hold. Once “hold” is a mastered command; place the small object on a table and give the command to ‘pick it up’; once a dowel is mastered, use other objects (like a pencil, remote control, clothing) so they will be trained to pick up anything that you request. Because a service dog is in close contact with different types of people and places on a daily basis, it is vital to have them become familiar and comfortable in a variety of situations. A properly certified service dog is permitted anywhere a human is (according to the American Disabilities Act) including airplanes.