|Max, A Service Dog in training|
By now we’ve probably all seen service dogs in action. Service Dogs help sight-challenged people navigate the ins and outs of daily life. They offer comfort to returning service people. They are even able to alert some individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes when they might be in danger and need medicine. But training a dog from puppy to lifesaving companion isn’t an easy task. It’s unlike raising a pet that will be part of a family; Raising a service dog is helping instill the necessary traits and ethic to be a hardworking animal that is specifically attuned to the needs of an individual. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a service animal trainer, or are interested in what service animals can help with, use this graphic to learn more.
You'll find more detail in the companion article that goes along with this Infographic, TrainingService Dogs: From Puppy To Invaluable Partner, written by Keagen "Kea" Grace. Kea is a writer who specializes in training professional working dogs. She also serves as a consultant for service and working dog programs across North American and Europe. If you want to learn more about Service Dogs and the vital role of service dog Puppy Raisers, you’ll really enjoy Kea’s article.
|My dog Icy, a Pet Partners Therapy Dog|
If you enjoyed this blog post, I think you'll really like my post on Service Dogs being raised in prison for a life of service. In this post I interview a friend of mine who spends her weekends socializing these dogs outside of prison walls.