|Barked: Tue Jan 3, '12 10:43am PST |
|A service dog doesn't have to be a velcro dog (it helps) but they have to be very in tune with their handler. Which means generally you want a dog that Wants to work for you. They also have to be very patient (public can be rough)and bomb proof. I'm not going to say that Huskies can't work... but for a first breed they are not a breed I would recommend. In all honesty if you are not familiar with training dogs you may do better to look into a program trained dog.
They take a lot of the guess work out of training, and you have a huge back up network in case you have problems. Finding your own puppy, hoping he/she has the right temperament, not making any mistakes with socialization, training obedience, public access, and task work... before long it can begin to look daunting. And honestly I don't think the financial obligations are going to be any cheaper than from most programs (look at it this way, yes you pay that fee for the dog, but they've been getting all vet bills done, they have fed, and trained and you didn't have to pay the initial price for a well bred pup either).
I'm not saying that people can't train their own but I think partnering with a well trained program dog can help set you up for knowing a) how it should look, b) if you even want to train your own. In the long run I think too many people get hung up on not wanting a particular breed(I'm one of those) and never stop to think that perhaps the breed they may want is not the one that is best for the job. Not a chide towards you or anyone else, just a general observation.
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