9 Comments on “Veterans w/ PTSD Talk About Service Dogs and Dog Training”

  1. I am very confused by this video clip.

    It states that the dog is being trained to become a Service Dog and goes to Walmart along with his handler – but also that the dog has anxiety and is fearful in public places and around crowds. Those two attributes don’t mix well with becoming a Service Dog – SD’s should have an absolutely bomb-proof temperament, not be “anxious” or “fearful” in public!

  2. She said he is not a service dog yet. I’m sure she is working with him to even out his temperament with training. If, after a while working with him, he doesn’t improve they will probably expel him from the program and find him a home where he can be a pet.

  3. SDITs (Service Dogs in Training) don’t have the same public access rights as fully-trained Service Dogs, so the idea that this fearful/anxious dog is being taken to public stores, like Walmart, for training is a lawsuit waiting to happen. There’s a reason Service Dog programs wash out prospects from their programs all the time – a dog that doesn’t have a 100% stable, solid temperament should not be in such a stressful job. It only hurts the dog and discredits the program training the dog.

  4. In some states SDiT do have rights to public access with their trainers, it just depends on your local laws. It is possible to train a dog to a point where he will overcome these problems and go on to lead a good working career, but it would require a really great trainer and even then it would be hard to do. I said that, “if he doesn’t improve they will probably expel him from the program” meaning he will “wash out.” I was only clearing up that she said he was in training, so he wasn’t an SD.

  5. And I understand the importance of a solid temperament from the start. The pup I am training to be a service dog has a very solid temperament and is absolutely wonderful. I, personally, wouldn’t risk it taking a dog that is fearful like this and trying to train him for service. You never know… And a dog with a solid temperament and a knack for work like this would be less stressed and enjoy his life more than a dog like this. But, it is not me training this dog, so its up to the program…

  6. That’s my point. Why, as a program, would you start a dog hat obviously does not have the necessary nerve to do this kind of work? It just makes the program look bad. There are a lot of organizations springing up claiming to train dogs for soldiers and it really hurts dog/handler teams when the public sees videos like this where fearful/anxious dogs are made into “Service Dogs.”

  7. Yes, I see your point. I DOES make the program look bad. I won’t pretend to understand the reasoning behind it. I hate how some programs pretend to train “legit” service dogs and then when the disabled person receives the dog they are poorly trained. It makes everyone look bad! And then they act like the people who train their own SDs aren’t legitimate when they probably do a better job than these fools. I’m just glad not all programs are this bad.

  8. This is support animal, not a trained service dog. There are federal criteria for service dogs. They need to be specifically trained to perform specific and identifiable tasks. The girl in the video doesn’t even seem like she hasPTSD. She just didn’t get along with her team. This clip makes the organization look incompetent, discredits the legitimate need for true psych service dogs, and discredits those of us who truly have PTSD.

  9. Still trying to figure out how to make my dog a service dog. VA was helping but they sent me info to a place that is 8 hours away and only has info about applying to get a service dog.

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