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Service dog training

Post by Howemr » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:17 am

Looking to get a tamaskan to train to become a service dog for ptsd, has anyone trained or have a tamaskan as a service dog?

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Re: Service dog training

Post by Sylvaen » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:01 am

Generally speaking, the Tamaskan breed is extremely versatile and a couple of Sylvaen pups are currently working as (or in training to become) service/therapy dogs around the world. However, not every puppy is suitable for service/therapy work, which is why we do temperament evaluations to see which pups in each litter have the right characteristics/behavioral traits to be suited to that line of work.

You can check out one of our PTSD service dogs, Caedmon (Sylvaen Kunai), here:
https://www.facebook.com/Caedmontheservicedog/
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Re: Service dog training

Post by Rosiel » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:34 pm

What sort of puppy behaviour should one look out for in this case?

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Re: Service dog training

Post by Sylvaen » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:18 pm

Rosiel wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:34 pm
What sort of puppy behaviour should one look out for in this case?
Sorry for the slow reply! In particular, you want a pup that is very calm and mellow (not hyperactive), easy-going and laid-back (not anxious or nervous), confident (but not overly pushy or boisterous) and secure (aka "bomb-proof") - showing a positive / logical reaction to a sudden unexpected stimulus: startled but then quick recovery (not easily phased or distracted). You want a pup that is very "people focused" (not too focused on specific objects/items, though a strong play-drive helps with training) nor wanting to wander off to explore the environment / go on an adventure without you. Some pups just have a very highly attuned temperament and seem highly sensitive to how you are feeling (and respond accordingly)... so that's one of the important traits to look for in a potential service/therapy dog.

As a breeder, it comes with experience but you soon get to know the signs/traits to look for and some pups just have that "certain something" that you can't quite put your finger on, but you know that they are "the one" from the litter that would be best suited for that line of work (I guess you could call it a hunch? well, perhaps more than that... it's like a sense of "knowing" - I can't really explain it... it's like the universe tells you "so shall it be" and you have this sense of calmness or confidence knowing you've made the right decision). So far, I've been pretty good at selecting the pups that would be best suited to this line of work.
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