I am currently training a medical alert/psychiatric service dog for myself (with professional help). He is a Dutch mix and really just the best except for the fact that he can be skittish and jumpy (he's a rescue and we're pretty sure he was abused as a puppy before he was found as a stray). If I cannot work him through this issue (as well as his issue that he loves other dogs too much), I will sadly have to fail him as an SD. Which brings me to my question... If I do fail him, could a DS be a possibility as my next SD?I've done a lot of research but would love your professional opinion.
What I am looking for:
Tasks - hypoglycemic alert, picking up a dropped object, laying across feet (grounding), sitting with head in my lap (grounding), deep pressure therapy, and a super basic front and back block.
Temperment/personality - An intelligent that loves to work and loves his job. He would need to be cuddly with me but I don't care if he is like that with anyone else. I like a lot of the guard dog qualities found in the DS, although I wouldn't be doing any protection work. A devoted brindle shadow that can appropriately think and act for himself as well as be a good family dog for when I do start a family.
When "off duty" we would do a lot of hiking along with my husband and current dog. I would also like to try agility and obedience trials. I think dock jumping would also be fun but I don't know if they have it in my area. He would also eventually be my demo dog as I become a professional dog trainer myself (still a work in progress).
I would tell you more but I am afraid this has already become way too long and I know you are a busy woman so I don't want to take up too much of your time. Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions for me!
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