|Barked: Sat Jun 21, '14 2:57am PST |
|Just because a dog bonds well with someone doesn't mean they have what it takes to be a service dog, and just because a dog whines doesn't mean it's alerting. Perhaps it's whining to go out, or whining to play, or whining to get in a lap, or perhaps even just whining to whine.
The dog is a young puppy from the sound of it, if you wish for this dog to have a chance at being a service dog, first and foremost you need to find a trainer who you like, and whose training style is one that meshes with your needs. That trainer should evaluate the puppy and tell you if the puppy is not suitable. Reasons the pup may not be suitable include but are not limited to: Health issues, skittish, fearful or shy temperament, aggression of any kind. Should your trainer evaluate the puppy to be of the right health and temperament to continue, I'd socialize the puppy with everything you can think of and find. Sounds, smells, textures, surfaces... all of that needs to be taught, and the puppy exposed to. Then you need to go to a basic obedience class with the puppy. I'd have your daughter be involved in the training to the best of her capabilities. Beyond that you need to just see how the pup does in obedience and with socialization, and follow your trainer's lead in terms of graduating into a Service Dog In Training role and beginning public access.
Best of luck.
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