|Barked: Sun Oct 20, '13 1:58pm PST |
|Sorry to hear about your dog.
As far as your question...
If this SD is going to be a Home-Only SD then yes you can easily train one to do some tasks to help you.
If you want to take the dog in public then that's more difficult (not impossible) because Public Access training is the hardest part of training a SD. However, if you got lucky and found a dog with the correct personality and you worked hard training/socializing it (perhaps with the help of a professional trainer) then you could definitely have a SD from that source but it's more difficult like I said before because even dogs who are from generations of breeding programs specifically for this purpose and raised by puppy raisers; not all of them have the right personality for public access work. But my motto is nothing is impossible, you just have to do what feels right to you and your situation. I'm training a SD from a small no-kill shelter and that's what felt right to me. I got lucky finding a dog with her personality, she's doing great with her training including public access but only time will tell if she turns out up to par for what's needed for public access. I decided long before I got her though that if not, then the dog will just be a Home-Only SD and that was okay with me. I'd re-evaluate after a few years and at that point apply for a SD organization dog.
So my point being...it's up to you what you need, what you feel like you can handle, etc. Good luck!
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