The one dutchie I fostered was a firecracker. She was like an amped-up malinois in terms of energy, drive and protective instincts. If that's your thing, it can be loads of fun...if it's not, though, it's exhausting. She needed a working home to thrive as she was WAY too much dog for a pet home. We found her an IPO home and last I heard she was doing fabulous with training. She was probably one of my favorite foster dogs of all time -- so stinking clever! -- but it was very hard to find a home that could handle her.
The first time I played with fetch with her with a big stuffed bolster-shaped toy, I raised the toy up over my shoulder to throw and she launched herself airborne to grab onto it before I could throw -- full bite on it, hanging on way up in the air with happy eyes like she'd done something funny. She was athletic little dynamo.
She exemplified highly protective, fearless traits that some people want to channel into work and training-- but she'd engage a threat without hesitation, with no bluff at all. It takes a strong, equally fearless handler to manage and channel that. That's probably is not what you want in a service dog going to public places or even just a support dog to help with anxiety IMHO. When you say "the only downside is they may think they're in charge," I don't think you fully grasp how profound a problem this can be for a novice/inexperienced/unsure handler --- this particular dog lost her first home due to trying to protect "mom" and mom realizing she couldn't handle her and was growing increasingly anxious worrying about managing the dog that was always on alert for "threats" when they went running together (including other joggers running up behind them to pass them on dark sidewalks).
Our rescue has successfully placed several dogs to help veterans with PTSD/Anxiety (working with a local service dog trainer who helps us with evaluations of candidates). We look for extremely smart, biddable, handler-focused, non-reactive, bomb-proof dogs -- kids can run up to them, loud noises don't phase them, other dogs don't cause them to react, etc.
Last edited by Magwart; 06-28-2019 at 01:13 PM.