|Barked: Wed Jun 22, '11 11:09am PST |
|I did not keep a training log with Harley. His training was an unique situation. He was 4, almost 5, before I decided I really wanted and needed to go that route. He had long been obedience trained and was pretty much task/work trained by that point. We have added tasks as time as gone by and my condition has progressed. With the next one, I don't know. I'm not great with that kind of thing, so I'll have to work out some sort of form that works for me that I can fill in the blanks.
As for how to figure out what to train...
Make a list of the things you can not do for yourself due to your disability. Next to each one, write what a dog could do to mitigate it. Now each one will have something a dog can do, but many will, and that's what you train.
I would also not train a dog to bark. A dog can legally be removed from a public place if they are a threat to the public or altering the nature of the business. You also have to consider how a dog will react to EMS and police. If the police are threatened (or think they are) by your dog, they will shoot it. Brain storm with other PSD handlers (I'm not one) on alternate tasks that can mitigate the same issue.
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