For service dogs, some basic training begins early. This allows the pups to learn to trust and bond with people. This basic training prepares pups for future training when they are physically and mentally mature enough to handle more complicated commands, at about six months to one year of age.
According to NEADS, a service dog training program, service dogs are trained to perform tasks and behave obediently through the use of positive reinforcement and clear leadership. The best service dogs are natural followers, so it is easy to guide them into choosing behaviors that we like in order to reward them.
This tiny pup obviously has a great future ahead because the very young dog has already associated picking up the keys with receiving a tasty treat. The handler squats down behind the adorable puppy and drops the keys on the ground. The little puppy quickly picks up the keys and holds them until they are taken away and then gets a yummy reward.
Over and over the German Shepherd puppy picks up the keys, allows them to be taken, and gets an edible reward. It’s amazing and adorable that a puppy so young has already mastered this level of training.
Service dogs save lives and one day this one will go to a very lucky person. According to ShareAmerica, there are about 500,000 service dogs in the United States and they help their owners in a variety of ways.
Every day, service dogs alert people with diabetes, guide the blind, hear for those that can’t, and help keep people safe during a seizure, to name a few. The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that service dogs be given access to almost everywhere their human handlers go. They make it possible for people with disabilities to live independently and overcome the challenges of day-to-day life.
For those with disabilities, service dogs are more than man’s best friend. They help their handlers in ways beyond what most of us can comprehend. This puppy is going to make someone very happy one day.
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