|Barked: Thu Dec 27, '12 6:27pm PST |
|If you want to know if your puppy can be trained to be a service dog, you would start by having him evaluated by a professional trainer with experience training service dogs. Most dogs don't have the right temperament to be service dogs and the chances of a puppy that wasn't specifically selected to be a service dog having the right temperament probably aren't that good, but it's possible he could make it. But you'd need a professional to evaluate him. If he has the right temperament, you'd need to have him evaluated by a vet to make sure his hips and elbows are in good shape, especially if you want him to help you with balance or mobility.
If your puppy does have the right temperament and passes the veterinary eval, you'd work with a professional trainer to teach him basic obedience, the specific tasks you need him to do for you, and to train him for public access. It usually takes about 18 months to train a service dog.
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