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Old 05-21-2014, 09:25 AM
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Hello i am getting classes for my 1 year old golden retriever to become a service dog he has a couple of problems though he pulls on the leash without his gentle leader and he jumps up alot. he's not going to be a full guide dog he's getting it so he can help my grandma a little maybe more in the future. any advice on how to fix his few but major problems?
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Golden, maybe a little more detail? What exactly are the problems, except the pulling you mentioned. We will have a bit of a hard time helping you if you don't give us a bit more details.
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Golden, maybe a little more detail? What exactly are the problems, except the pulling you mentioned. We will have a bit of a hard time helping you if you don't give us a bit more details.
He's a 1 year old his problems are pulling and jumping up. im taking him to service dog classes and wanted advice on what to expect or what to start working on now the classes start in june so its almost time. he's also is a very energetic puppy he's really crazy sometimes.
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He's a 1 year old his problems are pulling and jumping up. im taking him to service dog classes and wanted advice on what to expect or what to start working on now the classes start in june so its almost time. he's also is a very energetic puppy he's really crazy sometimes.
Before diving into any advanced training or task training, I would start with a solid basic obedience foundation. Get him into some novice level classes and start there.

BTW, could you tell us more about these service dog classes that are being offered?
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Before diving into any advanced training or task training, I would start with a solid basic obedience foundation. Get him into some novice level classes and start there.

BTW, could you tell us more about these service dog classes that are being offered?
he has had basic classes when he was younger like around 6-8 months old he passed very well he was the best in his class and got a special miss piggy toy for it (that was his favorite part ) the classes he is going to take are for training him to be a service dog and its a six week class and it teaches him medium to hard stuff such as hand signals and voice control. the things he already knows are sit, stay, high five, shake, drop it, take it, watch me, come (still working on it half way there), and his name.
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Do you clicker train?

These are some good videos that may help

Stop pulling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voW2Vkq0u6Q

stop jumping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC_OKgQFgzw
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If the dog is too hyper to be a service dog, don't make it a service dogs. Some dogs just aren't meant for it.

However, if you are confident that you can get your dog completely relaxed when on the job, then I agree with clicker training. Also, getting some more basic obedience (perhaps getting him his canine good-citizen) would be great.
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Keep in mind training a service dog takes a lot longer than 6 weeks. Most service dogs do not graduate their training until they are around 2 years old, if started from puppyhood.
He's needs time to just grow up, and maybe some of the things you are having trouble with are due to his young age. Keep working on the obedience, and he should improve with time.
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