SO.. a Friendly dog toward other dogs is a must. If you have a dog that is NOT friendly, he is something else... aggressive, fearful, or indifferent or... So, by choosing a friendly dog toward other dogs, you simply now have to know how to train a friendly dog that it's ok to be friendly and outgoing, but not when working, or not when in the vest. How do you train a dog to then, down, or sit while distracted? What are the methods you are using? Is it easier for you to train a dog that is indifferent? Possibly, but a dog that is indifferent to other dogs will probably be indifferent to you as well, or a dog that has HUGE thresholds, and need stronger corrections to make an impression.
To train a dog that blocks, you need to know how to train a dog as he relates to you in space.. proprioception. Can you train a dog to lay down? Now can you train him to lay down in a spot that is independent of your body, ie, not at the heel position?
All these questions need to be answered before you decide if your current dog is unsuitable. Fearfulness is bad, but a little insecurity is good. I don't pick a fearless dog for assistance work, because in doubt, I want him to default to coming back to the handler, instead of going forward. The best example of that is a Papillion that I trained for a quadriplegic, wheel chair bound young man. I needed a dog that wouldn't really want to run away EVER, because the owner was not ever going to be able to go after the dog. So, choosing a more timid dog made my job a bunch easier.
Are you seeing that there are three prongs to your question?
Yes, a Dutch Shepherd can be a service dog.
Can YOU select a pup, and know what it's going to act like as an adult?
Can YOU train a Dutch Shepherd? Or any herder?
Can YOU train a Dutch Shepherd to be a service dog?
I can, but usually won't. I like to find a dog that is already an adult, of the right size, of the right temperament to fit the job I have to do. I don't start with a puppy, it takes too long. I don't limit myself to breed, purebred, etc. And, I'm a trainer of dogs and People, so have trained multiple dogs to do similar things. You are starting all of it from scratch, and trying to learn how to train dogs in the process. that is a LOT!!!
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