01-23-2015, 12:08 AM
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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.