Posts made in December 1st, 2016

3 Skills A Service Puppy-In-Training Needs To Learn

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Blog, Health & Medical

Service dogs are highly trained canines who assist people with a variety of health and medical issues. Training to become a service dog begins when a dog is just a puppy, and he must be able to master commands beyond the normal obedience commands that household pets are taught. Volunteering to train a puppy to become a service dog for someone else is a rewarding task, but it is also a lot of hard work. You will need to spend a lot of your personal time training and may also need to utilize specialized training courses taught by experienced dog trainers. Some important concepts you can expect to teach a puppy in training to be a service dog include the following: Proofing An incredibly important skill that all service dogs must master is the ability to tune out all distractions. Proofing is the process of teaching a puppy to ignore things going on around him, and it can be very time-consuming. You will need to work with the puppy to help him learn how to ignore things such as a squirrel running in front of him, hearing his name called by someone other than you, or being offered food during training sessions. As a volunteer training a puppy to be...

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