I’ll start out by saying, “I am vehemently opposed to fake service dogs!” That being said, I’ve been asked by a member who will be undergoing spinal surgery to help teach some basic skills that an assistance dog should have.
Service dogs are specifically trained to perform a service. Oftentimes this will be retrieving something for someone in a wheelchair. In this lesson I show the basics of teaching a dog to hold various textures, retrieving an object, picking it up if it gets dropped, directed retrieve – I point at something and you get exactly that and opening a heavy refrigerator door. I hope this skills will prove helpful to anyone helping train an assistance / service type dog, but remember, don’t try to pass your dog off as a service dog and bring them to public places and especially on airplanes. I too wish the laws were different, but people with real service dogs need to respect and attention they get because of their situation. Nothing I hate more than people who pass their dogs off as fake service dogs!
The very fewest of dogs have the ability to function as service dogs!
Keywords for this Lesson
bring, dog training, hold, service dog training, tug