How to Train a Service Dog
Training a Service Dog in 10 Simple Steps
Service dogs are fantastic for helping those who are disabled in a variety of ways. But service dog training is no joke. Training a service dog can take a lot of care and time. Here, we will tell you about service dog training in a few simple steps:
- Think about the demeanor of your dog. A service dog needs to be focused, courageous, kind, and intelligent.
- Get your dog spayed or neutered. This will cost a few hundred dollars. Training a service dog that has been spayed or neutered is much simpler than training a dog who may want to still mate.
- Practice training your dog to be obedience. You can teach them using signals, words, or using a clicker. Part of this training should also include teaching them to remain calm, not react to other people or animals, and keeping calm while leashed or not leashed.
- Give your dog a bit of agility training. This will help them to better recognize and understand commands.
- Get your dog out there to meet other dogs, pets, and people. You want to be sure your dog remains calm in every possible situation, including interacting with new people and things on a daily basis.
- Take your dog new places. Teach them to only care for their trainer and/or the person they will be serving. They should not be easily distracted by anything in the environment.
- Start teaching your dog specific things to help you with. This can be a variety of jobs and things. For instance, you might want to teach them to help you cross the road, fetch things around your home for you, or guarding you. Start slow.
- Work your way up to more complicated and harder tasks during service dog training. Training a service dog takes lots of time, so be patient!
- If needed, be sure to have your service dog certified by your vet, doctor. Check the laws in your country or local area to see if you actually need to do this step. Even if it is not required, it may still be a good idea.
- Place your service dog, or work with yet another animal to train them, as well. Over time, you may be able to get into training a service dog or other animals for payment or with a specific organization.
For more information visit ServiceDogCertifications.org.