Service Dogs and Service Dogs In Training
For over 80 years, assistance dogs have worked successfully in public and won the public's acceptance by achieving high behavioral and training standards which set them apart from pets and other animals.
What Are the Minimum Training Standards for Public Access?
With this in mind, and having a daughter with a disability, it is my goal to find out all I can and train service dogs that will meet or exceed the minimum standards set forth for training an assistance dog for public access. First off, I feel I must train one personally, before moving on to help others. I am now in the process of training Ace. My goal is to train a dog for my daughter that is an alert dog for her seizures.
I will start by saying while I'm still in the learning stages of training service dogs, I do know that even with selective breeding and training, only 35-40% of dogs become full-fledged service dogs. Dogs "wash out" for a variety of reasons, including being a typical dog. So I will continue to train in obedience, work Ace and others that seem to be potential candidates, work on public access, testing, keep abreast the legislative issues, laws, and training protocols and see where it leads me.
A minimum of 120 hours of schooling over 6 months or more. 30 hours devoted to outings that will prepare the dog to work obediently and unobtrusively in public places
Must master basic obedience skills with verbal commands and/or hand signals
Must acquire social behavioral skills
Must be individually trained to perform identifiable tasks to benefit the disabled human partner.