|Barked: Sun Oct 26, '08 5:57pm PST |
|Sabrina is a natural alerter as well. At first she'd just sit in front of me and stare at me to alert. I changed it to bumping me with her nose, and over the years it's morphed into her rubbing her head on me. With Ollie, I am training him to put his head in my lap as a response, and hopefully that will be his alert cue, too.
It's hard to tell if your dog was alerting or not, you'll have to watch closely for a pattern. I would be careful, though, about taking a dog that's lived most of it's life outside and trying to turn them into a service dog. I'm not saying it can't be done, but often if a dog is used to living outside and being more on their own, being inside stores, shops etc can be quite stressful. I know someone who had a puppy that lived mostly outside, and she took it into too many places too fast and the dog turned aggressive. I'm not saying it can't be done, but just make sure you get a trainer to help evaluate and make sure you're not going to be stressing your dog out!
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