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How to train your service dog specialized skills?


A service dog is a great assistant for a person with disabilities for instance visual or hearing troubles, mobility issues, even mental diseases. Beside the high demand of this companion, it will take time to train a full functioned service dog. Therefore, you can train a service dog by yourself. In these previous articles, I showed you how to pick a good candidate for the training process as well as how to train the basic and advanced skills using click training. In this article, I’m going to show you the most important part – the specialized skills which are the feature that distinguish a service dog from a normal one.

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Depending on which kind of disability, there will be some specific skills that a service dog should have. For example, a deaf will need a dog which can alert him when the telephone or the doorbell rings.

There’s no need to rush. Be patient and proceed the training process step by step. Let’s take an example of teaching the therapy dog how to fetch keys. This is a complicated set of skills. The dog firstly must be able to identify the keys, take them, transport them and deliver the keys to you. To teach a dog to recognize something, apply the click training principle. Put several keys on the ground where the dog can easily see them, wait until they approach the keys, click, say “Keys” and reward. Repeat this process until the trainee get used to it.

Now, let’s proceed to the “Pick up” the keys. Protect your companion’s teeth by stick a soft ball to the keychain. Put the keychain in the dog’s mouth and click, say “Hold”, then pay him a delicious treat. Once again, perform this training for several days until he gets familiar with the cue “Hold”. Let’s test him by placing the keychain far away from him and say “Keys”, when he comes to the keys, say “Hold” in order to give the dog signal to pick the item up.  After that, use the “Come” as the cue of recalling. When the trainee comes to you, command him to sit and give the keys to you. Train him the “Give” skill with the click training principle.

It’s important to help the trainee relax and memorize better his lessons. Maintain each session length in a range between 5 and 10 minutes. Repeat each of them twice a day. Remember to train different specialized skills everyday with the aim of entertaining your service dog.

4481610Register a service dog certification

Although it’s not mandatory to perform this task, a service dog certification will be a free pass ticket for your dog to some restricted public areas such as stores, supermarket, museum…

Firstly, choose a governing body for each special type of therapy dog (for hearing impairment or visual impairment as well as an appropriate assessor. Then, beside preparing a proof that you will need the dog to accompany you, you also have to show the letter of professionals which shows that the dog is in good health status and well-trained.

Family Trick

kids-to-exercise-moreDo you want your children to exercise but don’t seem to find any way to get them to do so? Here is one, buy a trampoline at home so that they can start exercising. You may wonder how is this going to make your child exercising. In this article, I will explain the reason why your children will love it and the benefits that this exercise has.

Let’s talk about the reason first.

The reason why your kids will love this exercising is that they will have a lot of fun doing so. With other types of exercise, they may feel shy and don’t want anybody to see them exercising, the exercise is not interesting enough for them to keep doing and thus, get tired really quickly. With this exercise, they can practice right at home, without anybody strangers looking or watching. Plus, jumping high or really high is something really new to children and children are naturally curious, so they will try to do this exercise more in order to recreate that feeling again and again so that they understand it more.

As for the benefit, the first and most obvious one is that your children will exercise more

Once they experience the feeling of flying, there’s a high chance that they will love it and possibly be addicted to it, which will cause them to exercise more to satisfy their good addiction. This will improve their health so that they have more energy to study or to do whatever they like.

The next benefit is that it will improve your children’s self-esteem

improve-your-childrens-self-esteemThrough practicing and acquiring a new skill, children can improve their own self-image and confidence, making them believe in themselves more, which will affect positively other aspects of their life. By believing that they can do anything, children will have higher tendency to try and learn new things and as a result, they are more likely to be more successful in school and in life.

Last of all, it teaches children persistence

best-outdoors-trampolineMastering a skill on a trampoline is no walk in the park, both literally and figuratively. Therefore, children will have to try and fail a lot of times in order to reach competence level. Fortunately, though, the process of jumping on a trampoline is fun so they will happily do it again and again in spite of failing countless time. And this persistence will be the foundation for everything that they want to learn or even master later in life.

The benefits of this exercise are indeed fantastic for your children. Nonetheless, you, as responsible parents, should pay attention to the safety of your children all the time. Invest some extra cash in a safety net so as to prevent anything unwanted from happening to your precious little angels.

So do you have any intention of purchasing a new trampoline for the house? If so, you’re in luck. Visit this website for more information, it has in-store the best outdoors trampoline as well as indoors one and much more.