I have been working with a Service Dog in Training for the last few months. Just once a week sessions to keep the Puppy Raiser on track and help to work through any issues or problems. It has been a lot of fun, and really interesting.
Darwin is a 10 month old Standard Poodle who is working towards being a Psychiatric Service Dog. He has just a few months of General training before he will get started on the hard stuff.
The first time I met Darwin I was shocked at just how together he was. I mean, a 6 month old Poodle puppy that isn't bouncing his way around the room?! His intelligence and temperament are pretty astounding for such a young dog (poodle).
He has been living with a puppy raiser in a rural area, and they have done a fantastic job with him. However he is at the point where he really needs exposure to city life, sights and sounds to be able to move ahead in his training. So he made the move to the big city and will be heading to his temporary puppy raiser family tonite.
There he will continue to work on the basic skills, distractions, city life, new experiences and all that jazz. There's a lot to learn when you are destined to be a service dog! Thankfully Darwin is THE perfect candidate for this sort of thing and I am pretty sure he is going to be great at his job!