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Training a Service Assistance Dog

By Bob Taylor, President, Dogwish, Inc.

What we do with our dogs is a life and death business.  We realize that if we donít train our dogs correctly, someone is going to dieóeither the dog or the handler.  Because of this, our consciousness is sharp, focused, and intense on producing the needed results for our K9s through our training. 

The training process for our dogs as assistance K9s for those with disabilities is totally unique, and without a single similarity in the fields of training where we supply dogs.  It isnít just that our training is better than those of our competitors, or of a higher quality; setting that aside, what we do with our dogs through our training, the processes we use, and the actual training exercises we teach are completely different and unique, which in and of itself places our dogs in a category untouched by any other school in the world.

  1. We give a comprehensive evaluation of each dog we admit for training.  We evaluate the instincts, drives, quality of the temperament (self-image and role development) and all its component parts, and the dogís disposition (emotional/mental development).   We graph the dogís balance, stability and social receptivity.  We chart the dogís natural personality, showing its natural abilities to bond, focus on the handler, respond to the handlerís needs and work within the home, society and with other animals.
  2. When we get a client, we evaluate the clientís personality, needs, and desires, and we match them as closely as possible with those of a dog we have already evaluated and are working with.  If we donít have that specific dog, we find one.  The ability of an assistance dog to perform for a client correctly demands that they think and respond as closely as possible.  This is the most important part of the process to date, and since we are the only school that gives this type of evaluation to our dogs and clients and matches them accordingly, this in itself puts our school in a higher category of ability to provide a correctly responding K9 for our clients than any other school around.    We donít just place a good obedience dog with a client and expect top results;  you canít.  We fit our dogs and our clients together like interlocking gloves, and because of this, we do get immediate and far better results with every placement.  If you ignore this process, you will not have the dynamics you need that enable the dog to perform many necessary functions.

There are several functions we include with every dog we place which are unique:

  1. As a National and World Champion, we enhance the natural sensory abilities of each dog we train from three to 10 times.
  2. We teach each dog to use a comprehensive thought process, using their left brain abilities.
  3. Each dog we produce comes trained to give 95 percent focus to their handler, no matter what. 
  4. The dogs are then capable of feeling the electromagnetics specific for their handler, which means they can feel the dynamics of their brain and body as they work.  We use this to teach them how to receive electromagnetic fields of communication with their handler.
  5. We train every dog to track ground and air scents, and to find their handler instantly when separated.  Our dogs are capable of being certified as Search and Rescue K9s, and some are.
  6. Combining their ability to feel and smell your brain and body as they work, the dog receives brainwave activity and corresponding body responses to understand and respond to them.  They become brainwave sensitive and can detect seizure activity up to eight hours before the body goes into seizure.  They become sensitive to abnormal neurological activity, and alert the handler and family to this behavior.  
  7. Many of my K9s will detect when their handler is thinking about or deciding to do something that is wrong and will bark, indicating to their caregiver or family what is happening. 
  8. The presence of a dog trained like this is amazing.  It is not their therapeutic presence, but the fact that their brain is communicating with your brain that causes their handlers to mentally stabilize and not go to the highs or lows and to stop erratic behaviors, etc.  This unique function happens constantly when people come out to see our dogs and just happen to have a meltdown, breakdown, seizure, panic attack, emotional experience, etc., when here.  We can give them a dog and they will normalize within five minutes.  I said this happens constantly, and is a huge selling feature.  What you see is what you get.

Because of the state of mind we produce in the dog, we also can produce a dog who will not only be capable of understanding the needs and desires of their handler, they will attend to those needs and desires.  The dog, taught to use their brain to receive, understand, and respond dynamically to neurological, chemical, and corresponding physical communication from their handler, can in no way be compared to a dog who is not enhanced or trained in these ways.

Our dogs are simply trained with a strategically designed, comprehensively structured program that produces top quality results.  Their brains come naturally endowed with abilities to receive, understand, and respond beyond those of ours.  The normal dog owner just doesnít know how to train them.

A service dog is an animal who has been trained to perform at least three functions that are essential for its handler to operate.  Ours, so far, perform 13 necessary functions.  Unlike dogs who pick up pencils, turn on lights, or open doors, our dogs stop unwanted neurological behaviors, keep our clients safe from getting lost or wandering away, stop them from actions that could endanger them, keep them happy and mentally adjusted, and enhance the life of everyone in the home.  You can have my pencil. 




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