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Old 01-22-2015, 06:50 PM
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Wanting to make my dog a service like dog

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So I recently got myself a dog and I want to make her so I can take her to school with me(I have mental illnesses a couple including chronic depression, social anxiety, and generalize anxiety) and I picked out a dog that would I think be very good at her job plus she is a GSD(if that matters) However I'm at a lost to how to get her trained since my school requires her to go through training. I've tried to research and I got someone to help me a bit but every kind of lead to Therapy Dogs which isn't exactly what I wanted since I can't take those to school.
Yes I have tried to contact service dogs agencies to see if they could give me one but I found a lot of them I need to be physically disable, autism, or have seizures or one wanted a lot of money that I didn't have. So no luck for me.
I live in Ontario, Canada
So can anyone help me?
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Service dogs are task trained. That is, they are highly trained to execute certain behaviors that the handler requires to help mitigate his or her disability. And very few dogs are cut out for the job. It takes a rare dog to be capable of providing service.

A good place to start, if you and your doctors believe that a service dog would be truly beneficial to your needs, would be to lay out what exact tasks the dog would perform to mitigate your disability.
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You first need to see if your mental illnesses qualify you for a service dog. Unfortunately, they might not. I don't know Canada's laws on them, but I think I heard they don't allow many MH service dogs. Also, service dog training is different than therapy dog training. It's a lot more intense and specified. For example your dog would need to be trained to calm you when you get anxious and perhaps nudge you to get up and do daily activities when depressed, etc. That would be different than the training of a dog for someone who is blind, in a wheelchair, has autism, etc. You really need a trainer who has experience to train a dog like that.

Also GSD CAN excel in service/therapy work but breed alone doesn't mean they'll be good. I'm curious, what characteristics told you she's a good candidate? And how old is she? If you can't find any local trainers who will give you hands-on help perhaps you can ask some trainers of psych service dogs further away what sort of training you need to do.
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Well in Canada there is no real training for Therapy Dogs only Service dogs.
My mental illness do count as a need for a service dog

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Here is some info that might help:

Therapy Dogs | Canadian Service Dog Foundation
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