Researching breeders in MI for service dog
I am researching GSD breeders in MI of dogs suitable for service dog training. We have a trainer picked out and they have some ideas of breeders but I am doing my own research as well.
I am looking for a puppy suitable to be trained as a service dog for my son with autism. He is a "runner" and our primary concern is his safety. His service dog will be tether trained, trained to track him should he run away and to alert when he attempts to escape. He also has "meltdowns" typical of children with autism that are calmed by deep pressure. On command, the dog will be trained to lay on him to provide this sensory input.
My son is non-verbal and I and his aide at school will act as handlers for the dog. We are a dog loving household and my son responds very positively to dogs. This dog will be a life changer not only for my son, but for our whole family.
Please let me know if you know of reputable breeders in MI that may be able to provide a puppy that would fit the bill. After much research into the GSD's natural abilities, we are sure this is the breed for my son. We need a dog that is comfortable around people, especially children, as the dog will be going to school with my son, but focused on his or her job.
We (and our trainer) are located in mid-Michigan.