|Barked: Mon Jun 4, '12 11:54am PST |
|Okay I had planned to stay out of this after I'd said my piece. But I keep hearing 'time taken' pulled into it again and again. I'm a bit confused at how much time people think it takes to Train a service dog. 5 commands or 200 commands a dog needs to be mature enough to Work. You have a year and a half to two years before a dog is emotionally and physically ready for full time service work.
How many commands you can train in that amount of time depends on your skill as a trainer.
In order for dogs to stay Crisp on their commands following "training" means you need to keep challenging them, and working with them. So five commands or 50 you still have to work with them. A dog's ability to learn new commands incresses the more you work with them. So the 'useless' commands argument is a hollow one.
And the lost time argument is really pointless because anyone working a dog full time before they are mentally and physically ready is not only doing themselves a disservice, but also the dog. This is one of the Biggest reasons for early burn out in a dog.
OP - A very genuine Good luck with your choice. Find a trainer in your area to work with because you will at some point need help problem solving if you haven't trained dogs to this level before.
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