|Barked: Fri Nov 30, '12 4:17pm PST |
|Okay I'm going to go at this from the experience of a long time handler. I've handled more than my share of service dogs and trained a number of them. I strongly, and I Mean strongly recommend you leave off a puppy for now. You're setting yourself up for heart ache if you've never raised a pup. There is too many things that can go wrong and with a rare breed, particularly one with as many issues a Shiloh's can have you're going to have an uphill battle.
The First thing you want to do is talk with your doctor and decide with them if you are actually disabled, and decide for yourself if you can put up with the extra attention working a service dog partner brings, because there is a lot of it. I don't know Canada's laws as well so someone else will have to chime in on if where you are recognizes PSD's, not all places do.
Following that you need to make a realistic list of tasks that the dog can do for you. Not things like 'dog makes me feel better' but 'alerts to stimming behavior' and so forth. I Personally recommend a strong list of at least 4-5 good tasks. While law may not require it you'll have a hard time holding up in court with a dog that is only trained to do one task.
Next you need to find a good trainer in your area who is familiar with service dogs and the laws. You will need this person in the coming months. It is nearly impossible to take an untrained dog and a person not familiar with service dog training and have it come out right.
As for puppy, again... look for a young adult, you might even be able to find a dog from a respectible guide school that would place a dog with you that wouldn't work as a guide but Could work as a service dog in other ways. Either way if you'd like help feel free to message me, I can give you a run down on what it is like to really handle a service dog.
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