Service Dog Training
Once the dog or puppy shows they've got what it takes, and the contracts have been signed, you and your dog can start on the long journey of Service Dog training! It usually takes 1.5-2 years to fully train a service dog. The youngest a dog should graduate is around a 1.5 since that is when their adult brain has mostly developed. The training pace is set by the dog to avoid burn out. We only use positive reinforcement here at Living Pawsitive to help the dog learn self-control and excitement for the job. Tools that may be used during training are flat collars, martingales, head halters, harnesses, and similar tools. Choke, prong, or e-collars will not be taught during the training program. We encourage all dog's to be properly muzzle trained. This includes using a basket muzzle to prevent over-heating and asphyxiation, and having enough space for the dog to have a full pant (imagine them holding a ball in their mouth). There are several inexpensive brands for this. That way in case the dog get's injured, or the handler is incapacitated and needs to be transported by ambulance (some of which require the dog to be muzzled to transport with them), the dog is not under any stress and is used to wearing a muzzle in emergencies. The muzzle should be an extremely positive thing for the dog.