Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:00 PM
Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:35 PM
Yes, it is possible to train your dog to be a service dog. But it is difficult and requires specific training techniques.
Most service dog training is done through institutes such as National Organization for the Blind and such. Even with those organizations only a few dogs ever make it through the basic selection process.
My main concern for you right now is that as you have probably read on this site, young labs are a real handful. They can be extremely wild and playful. They require daily exercise and having their minds challenged to keep them in line.
This can continue due to their long puppyhood until they are three or four years old. Are you and your wife up to this?
Have you ever trained a dog before?
What I would do is to contact a professional dog trainer to find someone who could teach your dog to do things like turn lights on and off, bring the relevision remote control to your wife, etc. I would start this training at about 5 months of age. Of course you'll have to train your dog in the basic sit, stay, come, down commands first, then go on to the service dog training.I recommend talking with Keith Walker.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 06:58 PM
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