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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Training a Service Dog

Hi everyone,

I have a few questions about getting a GSD trained to be a service dog. I have 3 legally blind sisters, the oldest of which is going to be living on her own and starting her own life soon. That being said I want to get one of my GSD's pups trained as a seeing eye dog for her. I understand that not all dogs make it through the course and there is a lot of work involved.

At what age for the dog is it most recommended to begin training? I have been told anywhere from 6 months to 2 years of age for the pup. Also would using a puppy from my Bell's own litter come recommended? Or would I have to go about find another dog raised by a different house hold? My sister can be extremely grabby and I know from experience that having her socialize with the pup from 8 weeks on is a good way to get them to adapt to each other(for lack of a better term).

Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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