From puppy to service dog
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We appreciate the interest but presently STH do not offer to train others or to assist others in training service dogs
Undertaking to train a dog for somebody else is a great responsibility, in particular when this person has a physical disability.
STH take this work very seriously and find it important to explain why not everyone should venture into training of a service dog, even if you have experience with training of family dogs.
Training a service dog is a long and demanding process. The special training, the actual learning of the practical tasks is only part of the project. The service dog trainer must have good knowledge of the various illnesses and physical disabilities, which resources does the aplicant have and which aids can be used. The trainer must possess profound knowledge about dog behavior and needs and be able to share this knowledge, e.g. about learning, training and behavior.
The trainer must have great insight in the specific circumstances to be able to "match" the disabled person with the "appropriate" service dog. Next, the skills the dog has learned must be adapted to match the user's requirements.Experience with "problem solving" is necessary to ensure initial success but also in the continued follow-up training of the teams.
STH - Following international standards
STH follow international standards for selection, health inspection and aptitude tests, training, co-training, and if necessary, public test, and follow-up on the service and social dog teams according to ADI (Assistance Dogs International).
STH is a full member of Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu), and certified by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).