service dog prospects are chosen as early as 8 weeks old actually. he follows commands beautifully and has absolutely no signs of aggression but he gets a bit frantic when people come too close.
Yes but what you see at 8 weeks only means, this pup might possibly make the grade. Not this pup will definitely make it. My current candidate pup had all the earmarks at 8 weeks.
So he was a candidate hopeful for awhile. Once he passed his CGC and had some formal obedience and I basically knew how he was going to act under certain circumstances, I started calling him a Service Dog in Training.
We are still working at it, he is still doing well, and I am still 100 percent prepared to wash him if necessary. He just got OFA prelims and came back Good/normal so that was a big hurdle and something I was prepared to wash him for (if his joints weren't good enough)
I am working towards the rest of what I am not sure he is a hundred percent on to pass a public access test as laid out by the big organizations, which doesn't mean he is certified through them or anything at all official, but for myself I need to see him go through that barrage of stuff and do it right. He is task training now and that is going well.
You said your pup is frantic when people come near, that sounds like a big problem either temperament or socialization or both. If I were looking for a puppy candidate I wouldn't choose one like this