Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: The armpit of the US
Need advice choosing a prospect
So, I've already somewhat chosen the prospect I want, but there have been some complications.
My trainer already had a very well-bred GSD puppy ready for training, and I really want to choose him. However, I would need to pay $15,000 for him. Money is tight, so I can't even afford a quarter of that, and I'm not sure if I'd be able to raise enough money in time by crowdfunding (I only have $200 so far). Because of this, I've been thinking about going with my original plan, which would be adopting a prospect from a shelter, but the washout risk is so high, especially for rescue shepherds being trained as psychiatric service dogs, even if my trainer were to evaluate an older puppy.
I'm really in a sticky situation here, and it's stressing me out. I really want a service dog to have with me for next school year, but if I go with a shelter dog, there's a big risk of constant washouts, plus I can't just keep pulling dogs from shelters to try again.
Should I take a chance with a rescue shepherd, or continue to try raising money for my trainer's prospect?