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Self-trained Service Dogs 2

Just a quick follow-up to my blog the other day. There are two wonderful books that can help you train your dog to perform specific tasks for you. They are called Teamwork I and Teamwork II.

The first book covers the basic Obedience training that your dog must be capable of in order to be a service dog. If you and your dog can’t truly master these tasks, unfortunately, self-training is probably not be the right path for you. It takes a special dog to be a service dog; it takes a lot of time, patience and effort to train your own. Be honest with yourself about your dog and your relationship with him/her, it will save you from heartache and embarrassment later! Most importantly, it will preserve the rights of the disabled to continue to take Service dogs into public areas.

The second book, Teamwork II shows in detail how real-life people creatively taught their dogs how to perform specific tasks. It was inspiring to read how a man with severe Cerebral Palsy, with the help of a friend, taught his dog to pick things up that he had dropped. If you have any interest in dog training, this one is an interesting read, just to see the trial, error and ultimate success.

Remember to always keep in the back of your mind: “how do my dog’s behavior in public and mine potentially effect the rights of those who have a more severe disability than mine?” Even if your dog can’t master the public obedience requirements, there is no reason why you can’t have him/her help you around the house. The mental stimulation of training these tasks is good for both of you!

Enjoy your dog(s)! Let them help you have some fun and enjoy life!

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I just met your husband at Valley Green. My parents just got a German Shepard puppy and I am taking care of her for them while she is away. Your husband was saying that it is never to early to start training them. My parents are a little bit elderly and I think it would be great if she was a well behaved dog.
Anyway, just wanted to touch base.
I am sure I will see him again down in Valley Green. Like alot of thing you think you are doing it for them but it is often beneffitting you just as much !
Ciao for now,

Pete…..aka Elsa’s walker.

Comment by Pete Rawson

Nice to meet you Pete! Our dogs are definitely good for me! They keep me moving and creative. I know some very good training clubs in the area. Let me know if you need info.

Connie

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