Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Rock Island, IL
One of the tasks for which a service dog is trained to assist an individual with can not be "for protection". For example, if I am a military veteran suffering from PTSD and have social anxeity and fear around strangers, I can not have a service dog trained to "protect me" from said strangers as a task for him to perform.
ASDogGeek, I guess I don't understand. Is this "trainer" that you are referring to training Autism Support Dogs as personal protection dogs (PPD) for children receiving service/comanion dogs?
I train my own service dogs, have fully trained 2 and am in the middle of training my 3rd. The tasks that they perform are retrieval, opening/closing doors, lights, pulling wheelchair, holding items/carrying items for long distances. I also participate in the sport of schutzhund, but do not consider that participation as having anything to do with the tasks that my dogs assist with. EVERY dog I have ever owned/trained has been of impeccable soundess in mind and has been in every public setting possible and has never once indicated anything other than complete acceptance of people (including, but not limited to, elderly, severely developmentally disabled, infants, school age children, different races, police, emergency medical professionals, etc).
On the other hand, I would never train a dog for a client, either through my organization I work for or privately, to do either personal protection or schutzhund nor would I instruct anybody how to go about doing so.