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This is Tom! He is a professional service dog trainer who is going to help me train Buddy. He also works with puppies who are learning to become service dogs!
It is recommended that you seek the help of a professional if you want to try training your dog to be a service dog at home. Many people may have the right intentions but their dog can be trained improperly without the right help. In fact, even when puppies are trained by us, they are not always able to successfully become service dogs.
Not every dog can be a service dog. In order to be fit for the role, a dog must be eager to please, friendly, calm but alert, nonreactive to the public and strangers, quick to learn, and able to retain information.
Before we can move on to more advanced training, we must make sure that Buddy has mastered a few basic, key commands.
These include sit, lie down, come, stay, and heel.
Sit ... Stay!
Remember: training a service dog does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of time—up to two years even—and plenty of patience. However, the results can be quite rewarding to those in need!
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