We just found out our Raven Heart is expecting a litter in January! Raven's previous litters have had tremendous success in getting appropriate puppies into service dog training! This will be her last hurrah however, because we don 't believe in having too many litters per girl. 3 litters max or until they are five years old, whichever comes first. Raven is just 4 years old and in great shape. She is SUCH a love. What a great purchase we made those 4 years ago.
The sire of this litter is GCH Intl Ch Spirithawk's Pacino's Fame SF "Chino". He is a grand champion that is big and beautiful with a calm and sweet demeanor. We are excited to see how these pups do.
We strive to get as many pups into service as possible. We have several service dog organizations we will be contacting first to see if they need pups, then we go to owner trained service dogs ( with a trainer in place) and if we have any pups after that, then they go into pet homes. Our pet owners are over the moon with our puppies, so you see, we already have wait lists before they are even born!
We will update in the new year. Happy New Year to all!
We continue to train "owner trained" service dogs with a local VFW program that supports our combat veterans by helping them train their own service dog. We allow them to test an existing pet to train. If they pass our tests, they would be eligible to train for the program at very little cost to them.
However, that said, service dogs are born, not made in my opinion. That is why we work so hard at providing health tested, OFA certified puppies to send to training.
Some of the reasons a dog might not be appropriate for service dog training:
Too ball/squirrel focused.
Not socialized to other dogs and people. May be fearful.
No health clearances (while this might not be a stumbling block, they must be aware that if the dog is in service and has a health issue, all that training will be lost). They would need to start over with a new dog.
Lack of interest in doing the job.
So you see, there are a lot of reasons that not just any dog can be a service dog. But we are willing to try! Some do succeed! But owner/trainers need to be committed to the year to year and a half it takes to train a dog to have public access and be a good service dog!
All dogs can be emotional support and if that is what they need, that is ok too.