|Barked: Mon Jul 23, '12 3:05am PST |
|With your particular disability, because I have two friends with Fibramialgia my concern would be on if you would physically be up to the strain of training a dog.
Especially with a very young dog they can be bouncy and get very over excited and would actually cause you More work rather than less during training. Many times young dogs can be boisterous and could jump on you, or knock into you which can also cause a lot of pain. This isn't to say you can't or shouldn't try to train your own dog, just a warning from this side of experience. The Teamwork Books are a very good start for training information. This Channel on Youtube, also has a great deal of information on training service dogs, and service dog tasks. Many of which would be useful for you.
As Scooter mentioned many non profit programs will provide dogs to you for little to no cost. The average waiting list can be long with some, but other's it's shorter than the time it would take for you to raise a puppy and train for yourself, and there's the added bonus of no chance of wash out for a dog.
Having to wash out a dog is something that eventually every handler who trains their own dog will have to deal with. Not all dogs are suited for service work, and the time, energy, and money expended to train a dog can be exhausting as well as depressing when you have to wash out a dog. Make sure before you try to train your own dog that you are up for that.
If you do choose to train your own dog the first thing you will want to do is find a local trainer who preferably has experience with service dogs, if not with service dogs then a trainer who has put a number of titles on their own dogs in different venues and preferably has classes or ties to one of the therapy dog programs. At some point you will need the help of a trainer, and it's good to have one lined up first. Also many trainers will be willing to help you select a puppy or young dog to begin training and they have more experience in evaluating a dog for work.
If you have any specific questions feel free, either way Happy and I wish you the best of luck.
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