Owner Trained Dogs, Underlevels - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 12-18-2011, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
ILGHAUS's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: North Central FLorida, east of Gainesville
Posts: 9,026
Owner Trained Dogs, Underlevels

I was just recently asked again about when and what age a dog could be considered a SDIT. Is an 8 week old puppy wearing a vest with a Service Dog In Training patch really in training to be a SD? This is not something that can be answered legally but going along with the consensus of thought of many OTs and people involved in the SD community and some basic understanding of what is involved a rough guideline follows.

From the ADAP blog ...

Assistance Dog Candidate: Puppies or dogs that are being taught the basics such as housebreaking and basic manners in the home. Undergoing health checks and getting age appropriate vet work. Evaluations on the suitability of the dog that were done when choosing a candidate continue at this time. Puppy and Beginning Obedience training should be completed during this time.

A dog that is not reliably housebroken should never go into the public as a SDIT. Until they are housebroken, walk nicely on a leash, and show good public manners they should only be going to places where pets are welcomed and should not be considered a SDIT.

Assistance Dog-In-Training: Novice and Advanced Obedience training should be given. Dog should have some type of evaluation to check progress. Any dog that would not be able to pass an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation, a temperament test such as given by the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. , or a PAT given by a reputable trainer is not ready to advance to an active Assistance Dog status. Advanced health checks such as hip, back, and elbow exrays should be taken and evaluated and also complete eye and heart evaluations. Breed specific health tests should also be done during this time.

Some states give owner trainers the same rights as a professional trainer in taking their dog into a non-pet allowed place of business. This right is only to be used while actively training such as taking your dog to a store and having him walk nicely by a cart and going through a check-out line. While training the object is to keep a close eye on the dog and know what needs more work done with the dog. This is not the time to take the dog to do your weekly grocery shopping or sitting through a concert. Training sessions are just that — sessions that the owner is teaching and not just passively taking the dog with them out into the public.

A dog being trained as an Assistance/Service Dog is not a rehab project. If a dog has people or dog aggression or show shyness or fear when around people acting in a normal manner then the dog should not be elevated from the candidate level.

An owner trainer needs to be aware that at any level or stage of training they may have to wash their dog out of training and that their dog may never make it to the advanced level that is needed. Emotion, time spent, and money spent on training and having to remove their dog is a risk that is taken by owner training and one that all OTs face as a possibility.

TJ aka Theresa A. Jennings
Pyro vom Wildhaus aka Kaleb ~S.T.A.R.~
Family Companion, Non-Profit Mascot, In-Home Service Dog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project (ADAP),
Humane Animal Education & Services (HAES),

Last edited by ILGHAUS; 12-18-2011 at 09:31 PM.
ILGHAUS is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome