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How To Find A Dog We ask that you identfy your own dog for our T.E.A.C.H. program and to bring to us for custom Service Dog training.  Why? That can seem like a daunting task.  So, please use these resources to assist you in your quest:
Quick Tips About Selecting an Appropriate Dog for Service Dog Work There are hundreds of breeds, and they are very different.  That is remarkable and advantageous- but sometimes overwhelming. Select a breed that has been designed to work in partnership with humans. o A hound is great at trailing rabbits.  But, he does that work to satisfy himself.  If his owner wants the rabbit, he needs to keep up with his hound.  A hound simply hasn’t been genetically selected to partner with humans at a level higher than his desire to hunt. o A retriever also works to hunt down its quarry, but it has a very different mindset.  A retriever may sit in a duck blind for hours, demonstrating exceptional self-restraint, then fetch up the bird when his owner shoots.  He doesn’t steal the bird and slip away to the hedgerow with his prize, but delivers it to his owner, regardless of how hungry he might be. Consider the dog’s physical size and strength versus the tasks you expect it to perform. o A charming, but small King Charles Spaniel simply isn’t big enough to jump up and press an Open-Door button. o An exceedingly large Great Dane simply won’t fit in tight spaces, so if you need to take your dog in the isles of a theater or a small school desk, it will be challenging or impossible.  If you hope to travel by airplane, a large dog will not meet aviation safety criteria to travel with you in the cabin. Consider the basic disposition of the breed versus it’s ability to mitigate your disability. o A terrier is designed to detect and seize small vermin.  If overstimulating environments exaserbate your anxiety, a terrier is likely to display heightened vivacity rather than ground you with calming energy. o A herding breed must pay close attention to his shepherd’s commands while also having keen focus on the challenging tasks around dangerous livestock.  The ability to balance between work and handler can be very beneficial for Service Dog work, albeit some herding dogs can be quirky or be more intelligent or creative than their handlers can tolerate.
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