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List of Service Dog and
Assistance Dog Tasks or
What Your Dog Can Do For You
While most people categorize the type of service dog by the tasks it does for the handler, all service...
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Stick With The Program!
There are many distractions today when owner-training a service dog. And I’m not only talking about...
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What We Learn by Marker Training our Service Dog
(Part 1)
Marker-based training aka “Clicker Training” is an approach to training your dog but it’s...
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More Life Lessons of Training a Service Dog with Clicker Training
(Part 2)
Click here for Part 1 Improves our Eye/Hand Coordination: The mechanical skills used in marker training...
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Do I Need to Certify my Service Dog or Assistance Dog?
Do I Need to Certify my Dog? The answer is, it depends in what environments you want to use your dog’s...
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In Canada, How Can I Get My Self-Trained Service Dog Legally Certified as a Service Dog?
First, it is the team, not just the dog that is certified. If you live in British Columbia, Alberta or...
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Two Service Dog Behaviours That Confuse Handlers:
Settle/Down and
Loose Leash Walking/Heel
When owner trainers start training their dogs as a service dog or assistance dog candidate, I recommend...
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Match the service dog breed to country of origin quiz
Service Dog Breed Origin Match Game
Look at the puppy on the left. Can you identify the breed?  If you can, match it with the country where...
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Are You Considering Breeding Service Dogs? You Need to Know This!
(Or Are You Looking for a Service Dog?) Due to the high demand for service dogs, more people are...
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Marker-based Training Without Food
We recently received this question! Thought we would post the answer in case it was useful...
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Public Access Training for Service Dog Candidates
Public Access Training is the difference between a service dog and a service dog candidate. The International...
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At What Age Should I Spay/Neuter My Service Dog?
The decision if or not to spay or neuter your service dog candidate and when to do it depends on many...
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