loves people and enjoys new experiences
– can be active and busy but is happy to settle at your feet when you sit down
Dog enjoys your company and follows you around.
Dogs smaller that 25 pounds are harder to train and tend to get stepped on. Dogs larger than 80 pound are so big they can limit your access to places.
Dog wants to make you happy
Service dogs go into many new situations as part of their work. A dog who is fearful of sounds, sights and new experiences will not make it as a service dog.
Puppies or dogs who submissive urinate or excitement urinate will not be accepted into the program. Not all dogs outgrow this behavior. And you cannot take a dog into public places who urinates when excited or worried.
Even if you don't have children, they will still approach and touch your dog without your consent. Your dog must be good with kids when this occurs.
Dogs with high prey drive do not do well in service dog work.
All service dogs must be free of aggression. To people, new objects, other animals or in new situations.
Service work is stressful and not all dogs are cut out for it. This is not the time to choose a dog who has a disability itself or is old or not healthy.