Service Dog Training


Can your dog be a Service Dog Part II

In this multi-part piece, I tackle using your dog as a service dog, from different perspectives. In Part I we discussed whether or not your dog can ignore everything going on in the environment (smells, dogs, activity, everything!) and focus on you and your needs. And how the best service dogs are acutely aware of what’s going on but only reacting to those things that may affect you. So how about those dogs who are nervous, scared, shy, reserved or completely focused on you? You know the one’s that jump or lean on you with every step or don’t let anyone pet them without a growl or snarl. It seems that we’re seeing more scared dogs, more unbalanced dogs, and more post traumatized dogs out in public than ever before. When I began private dog training I was shocked to discover how many people were living with an unbalanced or […]

Should your dog be a service dog

Service Dog in Training

Can your Dog be a Service Dog?

In this multi-part piece, I tackle using your dog as a service dog….from different perspectives. There are a number of obvious and not-so-obvious things dogs need to do and be in order to be successful as a service dog – and therefore be allowed to stay by your side virtually 100% of the time. I believe one of the biggest defining factors is not their breed, their age, their size or even sometimes their disposition….instead, it’s whether or not they can focus on you and not the environment around them. This is a HUGE factor and often one that fails dogs out of training programs. I would also argue it’s probably the number one reason so many ‘emotional support’ dogs have problems when they’re out and about. In a typical walk down Main St recently, I tried to take note of the same thing the dogs I was walking were […]


pranaDOGS Service Dog Training

for the next three months, pranaDOGS is involved in a pilot program to train homeless dogs to perform service work once they’re adopted. We’re fostering and training dogs specifically for psychiatric service work for individuals who suffer from ptsd – esp military and sexual trauma. Once 80% trained, these dogs will be adopted to their new families, where the training will continue in tandem with their human counterparts. We’ll be blogging and videotaping much of the training and progress of the dogs so you can follow along. The first dog we’ve taken on is Gordy, a 2 ½ yr old Shorthaired Pointer/Boxer mix. Originally from Gallup, NM, Gordy has been fostered by Rezdawg Rescue who also arranged his transportation to Durango. After spending the weekend with Gordy, I’m excited that he seems to be a perfect candidate for this program. He’s eager and friendly and teachable. He has some impulse […]