Assistance dogs help people with disability to perform a difficult task that they can’t do by themselves. This improves the quality of the disabled person’s life and also make them more independent. Isn’t it wonderful to have a helpful companion alongside wherever you go? In this post, we will show you how to train your assistance dog.
Choose the right dog
The first thing for assistance dogs training is to find yourself the right dog. Your assistance dog should be mature and is 6 months old or more. Any breeds of dog are fine, you just need to focus on its temperament and personality. It also depends on where you live and how often you go outside, you don’t want your dog to be too aggressive or submissive. A neutered dog is recommended since it can be aggressive and alert while still remain calm and cool. And larger breeds are suitable for pulling the wheelchair or carrying medical equipment while smaller breeds are better for medical alert
Training the dog
You need to create an obedient assistant dog. To start with the training, you should teach your dog to know the basic obedient command, such as take, hold, give and heel. Just give your dog some cookies as motivation. You need to solidify obedient commands before start training assistance tasks. And you should train your dog to get familiar with the public environment too. The training will take for about 6 months and sometimes it is 12 months but you must be persistence.
Training the trainer
The process of training your assistance dog takes a lot of work and effort. And the trainer must also learn as their four-feet-partner. You need to learn how they feel and how they think so that you can get a better understanding of them. The better you get, the easier the training become. Look on the internet and learn from courses that teach about how to understand dogs. You will be surprised how these creatures thinking in their heads. Dogs have emotions and feeling too, they know how you think about them by the way you treat them. So make sure to give your assistance dogs a lot of love.
You need to make sure your assistance dog is well-behaved in public. And in order to do this, you must have a deep understanding between each other. Even though your assistance dog are protected by the 1990 Code of Federal Regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protect assistant animals (only if it is with a disabled handler) in public. Over aggressive actions like growling or barking out of control won’t be allowed. Or if your dog is too shy or submissive in public, you also need to train it more, because in this case, your dog will not be able to give you the support you need.