Every Service Dog team is different, but most teams' daily life includes the same elements. Learn more about the life of a Service Dog now! It's a Service Dog's Life: Work For many Service Dogs, work encompasses a large portion of their day. For others, it's only a small piece. Regardless, any time spent on task work, public access, or assisting their person can be classified as "work." Some Service Dogs begin working first thing in the morning, whereas others may not start until later in the day. It's a Service Dog's Life: Training Service Dog training professionals suggest time be spent on training
Each Service Dog team is different, but there are some behaviors and skills all Service Dogs need to know. Keep reading to learn more. Service Dog Behaviors: Impulse Control Service Dogs spend a lot of time surrounded by very intriguing situations. They encounter food at face height, children running and screaming, and dogs at play. Cars, skateboards, balls, and people talking to them are just a few of the interesting things Service Dogs see daily. Impulse control, or the ability to remain focused on what they're doing even when something that's more rewarding is in front of them, is vital for all Service
Almost everyone knows it takes a lot of training to become a Service Dog, but few people know how much training or what kind of training. Service Dog training includes several areas of study and can take lots of time. Continue reading to learn more about the types of training Service Dogs require
A "tether" is a short, 2 to 4 foot long piece of coated cable with a snap on each end. When it comes to training a Service Dog in Training (SDiT), few tools are as helpful as the tether. Read on to find out why tether training works, what it does, and how to do it!
All work and no play makes for no fun! Learn about the types of toys available for your Service Dog to enjoy during their down times. Just like humans, working Service Dogs have a need for relaxation and leisure time. Without time to play, they can experience mood shifts and changes in productivity. Thankfully, there are many different types of toys, games, and educational items your Service Dog can enjoy while off the clock!
“Oh, how cute, look at that face! Sooo adooorable.” For the disabled who use small service dogs, these endearments are unfortunately not met with the appreciative responses one might expect from a small dog owner. To a Service Dog owner their small and often ‘height-challenged’ wee ones are far from being “just another pretty face.”
It’s a great time to reflect on your 2017 and resolve to do better in 2018. Here are ten simple steps that will help you and your Service Dog become a better team. Happy New Year!