Monday, July 1, 2013

Research Done on Service Dogs Training and Use

Ray Coppinger did a study on service dogs training and use. I am not sure if he covers owner-trained or not, but he does bring an important message:
Handlers put undue physical and emotional stress on their dogs by improper training and poor communication with them. Make sure your dog is trained to a high enough degree that she can perform her job comfortably and efficiently in the environments that you need her to. Ensure you have a good working relationship and strong communication in all venues before asking her to work with you.

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