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What the Difference? Service Dog Candidate and a Service Dog?
Many people use the terms Service Dog (SD), Service Dog Candidate and Service Dog-in -Training (SDit)...
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Designing a Training Plan for Owner-Trained Assistance Dogs
Developing a training plan for an adolescent dog. Create your own using a notebook, Excel, or a program...
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How to Choose a Puppy Class for Your Service Dog Candidate
Starting your puppy out right can make a high difference in both his progress and the final outcome....
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What is Needed to Legally Change Your ESA (Emotional Support Animal) Into a Service Dog That Qualifies Under the New USA and Canada Transport Laws
With the new (2021) transportation laws around service dogs in the USA and Canada, people with an emotional...
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Socializing Puppies
while still with the litter
Since I’ve had several questions about raising Service Dog puppies recently, here’s a list...
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Is it Okay to Train Two Service Dogs in the Family at Once?
Recently, I had an email question that I thought would be helpful for others to read that answer to.  “I...
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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. Getting my Self-Trained Service Dog legally...
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