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Service dog training at home suggestions

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Pamela Bates, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    I was really hoping to train Bella for service dog work, but due to financial restrictions I can't afford to have her trained by anyone other than me.
    I know that there are pit bulls that they have trained for service dog work, and it gives me a lot of hope that this awesome breed of dog will finally be accepted by society and BSL will be no more.
    She has the basics down fairly well and she is being taught "brace" for when I fall ( which happens pretty often). I will also have her working on heel at some point so she can be taught "lean" easier.
    I am not familiar with the requirements for Bella to get her service dog certification, but I was hoping you guys would. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions but I think it's a great idea!!!!! These breeds are damn sure strong enough for the task, and short enough to where if you do fall ur not reachin high for her. ( this is just MO). I can't wait to see how it works out. Please keep the thread updated!!! Good luck with everything.
     
  3. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Doesn't TW have some experience with service dogs? I can't remember if it's him or not, i know one of the regs here does though.
     
  4. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs OHMUHGERD Staff Member Administrator

    Sorry, it was our Lilly May! Lilly mentioned working with Police dogs so maybe she can give some advice on your situation, i know the training is prob different but im sure you can employ some of the same techniques.
     
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  5. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

  6. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Pamela,

    What are your goals? To properly train the dog to be of service to you regarding your disability and to be recognized and accepted as a service dog in public? Anything else? I am a Texas lawyer and am not giving Georgia legal advice but will do my best to steer you in the right direction. :)

    Wade
     
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  7. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

  8. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Wonderful idea! Pamela - if may I ask you directly - what is your disability? I see you mentioned falls, which could encompass a number of mobility issues.
    I have MS, so falls are familiar, as is the training of our dogs to help and support me a little.
     
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  9. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Pamela,
    Your disability and the right to a service dog is governed by the federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Georgia statutes I posted earlier. Obviously to qualify as a Service Animal Bella must be properly trained, both to assist you with your disability and to act properly in public. It does not appear that there is a Georgia "certification" process. If I were you, I would train Bella and, once trained, register her in the registry linked above.
    Wade
     
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  10. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Hi, yes, I have severe RA and I'm training Tonka to be a service dog. You can buy a vest right away. You can be asked what tasks the dog does for you. An airlines has a right to ask you to show them the tasks, etc. there are three tests that are recommended, the canine good citizens test, the public access test, and I cant remember the third one. I'm looking into signing her up for the public access test right now. I think she can pass it very soon if not right now.
     
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  11. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Nat,
    If you don't mind me asking, what are you training Tonka to do to assist you?
     
  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Tonka's trainer recommends that we get a two million dollar insurance policy. I have that right now because she is a therapy dog. However, when that expires I don't know how to find a liability policy like the group policy that Pet Partners provides.
     
  13. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Right now I've just been working on all the public access stuff. I'm not sure what tasks she should do for me. I'm due for a big hand surgery and a big foot surgery. I can't even imagine having hand surgery because I have to bathe her at least two times per week.

    I'm planning on clicker training her to pay attention to me when people want to pet her.
     
  14. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

  15. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    At this time it does not have to be formally trained. It will change in the future. I did find a school in Phoenix that will do it for free if you and your dog qualify. Tonka will not qualify because she is older than what they want. I'm so bummed out because I wanted to do this for a while now.
     
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  16. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    You did not read it in context. It does not prohibit YOU from training your OWN dog. That section applies to NON-DISABLED persons training dogs in public. Don't give up so easily. Read what I linked throughly and carefully.
     
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  17. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    It will not change in the near future if ever. The only ones pushing that are those with vested financial interests. If your dog TRULY helps a disability and is safe to the public it will qualify regardless of who trained it.
    Unless you have significant non-exempt assets I personally would not worry about insurance.
     
  18. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Okay, well then I will not worry about the insurance. I took her to the grocery store today and someone keyed my car. I couldn't help but wonder if they did not like that I had Tonka with me?
     
  19. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    That is sh$tty a$s behavior to harm someone's car. When I was much younger an ex-boyfriend of the lady I was dating at the time keyed EVERY body panel and slashed EVERY tire. Some people...
     
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  20. Pamela Bates

    Pamela Bates Little Dog

    Awesome idea, but we still run into the problem with regards to where she was trained.
    I have Ataxia from a TIA (mini-stroke) I have never quite recovered from.

    I will check into it, hopefully I can get one pretty inexpensive.
     

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