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Welcome to PROJECT: Service Dog in Training – Chronicling the journey of one puppy prodigy from birth to working Service Dog.
We’re not going to have a new puppy until ohh…about February 2019 when Raven has her next litter. So, why are we talking about this now?
If you’re planning to get a puppy it shouldn’t be an impulse decision nor should it be something you take lightly.
Before we brought home Linus back on January 7th, 2005 I did a ton of research reading books and magazines, talking to friends and family, and yes, I even consulted my good friend Mr. Google.
For many years I’ve wanted PuppyInTraining.com to be the definitive resource for anyone getting a new puppy…with a little twist.
While some people may just want to learn the basics of training a puppy I’ve had many others ask me what can they do to raise and train their puppy like a Service Dog.
That’s where this website is different. We don’t want to teach your puppy to be good. We want your puppy to be GREAT!!!
Just a couple days ago we received this email from one of our readers:
“I have been so interested in dog training the last few years, particularly in the training aspect of raising a service dog, but fortunately, never really needed an actual service dog. I’ve been scouring the web for advise and guidance because I am hopefully going to raise a new puppy (just a family pet) next year but cannot find such information besides the usual obedience training books. Many of them are very helpful, but I’m curious to know what an actual puppy raiser would do. And what they would do differently. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all pet dogs be raised the same way and grow up to be as well mannered as service dogs?!” –B.E.
Your puppy doesn’t have to be a Service Dog to act like one and most of the things we do with our SDiT (Service Dog in Training) are not difficult and are fun activities that help you build a better relationship with your dog.
All that being said what exactly is PROJECT: Service Dog in Training?
PROJECT: Service Dog in Training
PROJECT: Service Dog in Training is a combination of everything we’ve been doing, learning, and sharing on our blog over the past 10 years.
At it’s core we’re going to teach you how to raise and train your puppy like a Service Dog in Training (SDiT).
Here’s a quick outline of what we plan on doing over the next 2 years:
Phase I (Sep. 2018 – Feb. 2019)
Over the past 10+ years we’ve raised 11 Service Dogs in Training for multiple organizations.
During that time I’ve thoroughly read a half dozen puppy raiser manuals, dozens of books on dogs, blog posts, white papers, and various other material about dog training and behavior.
We’ve even attended conferences and seminars to further our knowledge about all things dog.
On top of all the book work and lectures I’m also apprenticing and working to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.
My goal in Phase I is to share what I know about raising and training a Service Dog puppy with you, right here on the blog.
Phase II (Feb. 2019 – Jul. 2020)
As I mentioned earlier we plan on getting our next Service Dog puppy around February 2019 and that’s when the real fun begins. The goal of Phase II is to follow the guidelines we wrote in Phase I on how to raise a SDiT.
We will keep a weekly Vlog to share what we’re doing with our puppy including his successes and failures.
Guys, every puppy is different. It’s very possible that we will have to make changes on the fly. Some puppies advance quicker while others take more time.
It’s even possible our puppy will not make it as a Service Dog.
There are many great career changed puppies that get adopted and move on to other jobs like Search and Rescue, Therapy Dogs, or Family Pets.
Just to give you an idea, we’ve had more failures then successes. Out of the 11 dogs we’ve raised 4 are working dogs, 2 are still in training, and 5 are career changed.
This is not uncommon many dogs do not have the proper temperament, health requirements, or flat out just don’t want to work…they’d rather be couch potatoes.
Phase II will help me make adjustments to my initial ideas outlined in Phase I.
Phase III (Sep 2018 – Sep 2020)
The goal of Phase III is to gather everything we learned from Phase I and Phase II into comprehensive guides to help you raise your next puppy like a Service Dog in Training.
- Printables – puppy training basics.
- Quickstart Guides -common puppy behavior problems
- E-Books – dog behavior and obedience training.
- Sponsor a Puppy – The cost to raise and train a service dog often exceeds $20,000. We need all the help we can get to provide these pups to individuals in need free of charge
- And More…tell us if there’s anything you’d like us to produce to help you with your puppy.
The Goals of PROJECT: Service Dog in Training?
- Provide Service Dogs FREE of charge to individuals with disabilities.
- Teach you how to raise and train your puppy like a Service Dog in Training (SDiT).
- Raise public awareness about Service Dogs and SDiTs.
What say you?
Do you have any questions about how to train a service dog puppy?
Tell us about it in the comment section below.
Top Picks For Our Puppies
- BEST DOG CHEW
We Like: Beef Collagen Sticks - All of our pups love to bite, nip, and chew. We love using Collagen Sticks to help divert these unwanted behaviors.
- BEST PUPPY TOY
We Like: Calmeroos Puppy Toy w/ Heartbeat and Heat Packs - Perfect for new puppies. Helps ease anxiety in their new home.
- BEST DOG TREATS
We Like: Crazy Dog Train-Me Treats - We use these as our high-value treats for our guide dog puppies.
- BEST FRESH DOG FOOD
We Like: The Farmer's Dog - A couple months ago we started feeding Raven fresh dog food and she loves it! Get 50% off your first order of The Farmer's Dog.
Check out more of our favorites on our New Puppy Checklist.