I believe that because of the controversy regarding the development of a single set of standards for all types of service dogs that probably this was pulled from their page. However, I feel it is a good guide to go by so that one knows the kinds of things that are expected of a service dog. I believe that the majority of us who are training service dogs ultimately strive for perfection. Once we discover that perfection is impossible, we strive for as near perfect as possible.
One thing people have to remember, as with any living creature, dogs have free agency. That means that no matter how well- trained a dog is, the dog can choose not to obey. The dog can choose to ignore his person. In the process of dog training, we aim to have a dog that will choose to do the right thing more often than not. We must remember that like no human is perfect, no dog can be perfect either.
|Rowena and I "Lobbying" in Washington DC with some friends. |
Photo by Neil Young and "Timmy" SD
|Rowena, Christmas time in the mall.|
|Practicing opening doors|
|Rosie and I visit with friends in the hospital.|
|Rowena accompanies me to the Emergency Room one night.|
|Rowena and Benny at a fast food restaurant|
|Teddy opening a door.|
|Rosie accompanied me to help me choose the right guy for the job.|
|Rowena is learning how to help with laundry.|
|Rowena on-duty with a random child who asked to have her picture taken with Rosie. And so it was!|