|Barked: Mon Dec 3, '12 10:58am PST |
|I've known alot of shelties and I'm actually surprised that you chose them for therapy work. In the right hands, they can be fantastic dogs, but in many cases they lack the nerve to be serious working dogs. That's why you *usually* see them running agility and not doing too much of anything else.
I know a lady who takes her one laid back male to a nursing home to visit, but he doesn't live day in and day out as a service dog. He is just a nice diversion for some sweet old people once per week.
May I ask why you didn't want to go with the usual suspects? Typically labs and German Shepherds (if you like herding dogs) make fantastic pets and great service dogs. But even then, if you got a pet from an organization who supplies people with service dogs, you'd probably start out with a two year old dog.
10 months old is *very* young and they're still very very much puppies at that age. Plus, as one person mentioned, that's a well known fear period. Being a service dog can be very stressful and I don't know too many puppies that would be mentally mature enough to carry that burden.
You sound to me like you're going about this on your own, which is probably not a good idea considering the choices you've made thus far. You may want to reconsider what your needs are and forget finding a breed that works, just look for an individual dog that works for you.
Edited by author Mon Dec 3, '12 11:00am PST
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