Can Any Dog Be a Service Dog?

Service dogs serve a unique role in society. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a service dog as one specifically trained to perform tasks for a disabled individual who otherwise would have trouble completing those tasks. Service dogs work closely with individuals who may be deaf, diabetic, in need of psychiatric assistance, visual guides, seizure assistance, and wheelchair or brace/mobility assistance.

There are no rules that state that a particular breed can’t be trained to become a service dog, but you should know some breeds have certain temperaments and traits that make it much easier for them to learn and best perform the tasks of a service dog.

Let’s take a look at some of the best breeds and some ways that you can help determine the right dog for the job:

Training a service dog

Your Dog Should Meet The Basic Requirements

Because service dogs can go into many public places which pets are not permitted, they need to be on their best behavior. Your service dog should be able to meet the requirements, such as knowing commands like “sit,” “stay,” “down,” “come,” “leave it” and “no.”

It’s important that your dog has been properly socialized and can be around both unfamiliar people and animals, in a calm and friendly way. They should also be able to react and remain calm to loud noises or strange sounds.

Remember Each Organization is Different

Each therapy or service organization has its own rules and qualifications for your pet becoming certified. Most times, your dog should be older than one year and have lived with you for more than six months. Many organizations also require that dogs be up to date on their rabies vaccination and have to be supported by certain kinds of leashes and harnesses. For your information, Conifer Canine certifies service dogs.

Examples of The Best Service Dog Breeds

Certain breeds might be able to suit your needs more. However, these breeds tend to be the most common and best trained for therapy and service dogs:

  • Labrador retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Standard Poodle
  • Goldendoodles or labradoodles
  • Great Danes or Newfoundlands for mobilit assistance

Training for Service Dogs

Before any dog becomes a service dog, he/she should (most likely) go through a proper training by a professional. We can help!

Conifer Canine can train a service dog for you. Mobility, PTSD, medical alerts, and much more. We usually have nice service dog prospects on hand; many of whose training has already begun.

If you’re interested in learning how to train service dogs on a professional level, our Dog Trainer College has the courses you need to learn how to become a service dog trainer. If you’re interested, give us a call at 812-650-2394 to learn more about our classes!