What do you do to improve the quality of your life with MS?
I have trained 3 service dogs to date for myself. They have all been somewhat unconventional by usual breeds used as service dogs. Each dog has been better than the last. I have trained 2 Newfoundlands and one shepherd/greyhound/lab mix. My current Newfoundland is spectacular. I have learned quite a bit about what to look for in choosing a service dog (puppy)in regards to personality, temperament and canine health issues. I have a degree in zoology and have been training animals for as long as I can remember. I am also an animal wrangler and assistant wrangler for tv, movies and advertisements. I have used that knowledge to train my dogs and I continue to learn new things every day. I would be happy to help answer questions people might have in regards to training a service dog for themselves.Regards,Bonnie Giacovelli and Kermit the Dog
Some resources:- Pros and cons of owner training vs. professionally trained http://www.k9satwork.com/a-otvspro.html- Numerous online Yahoo groups dedicated to owner training service dogs, some better than others. - "Teamwork" I and II books and DVDs by Top Dog available on Amazon and Dogwise. - "Clicker Train Your Own Assistance Dog" DVD by Barbara Handelman - Assistance Dog training videos from Vancouver Island Assistance Dogs. http://viassistancedogs.blogspot.com/2009/02/24-assistance-dog-training-videos.html