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IAADP and ADI have lists of minimum skills for training.  So does Delta in their minimum standards.

We have a different perspective because our focus is the handler rather than the dog trainer.  I mean, if we sat down and made a list of minimum skills it would likely be different and based on our handling experience rather than based on the criteria used to test teams and see if they are ready to go out in the world.

For example, I think those lists glaze over down-stays.  I want a rock solid, fully proofed 2 hour down-stay in a working service dog at a bare minimum, preferably 4 hours.  Why?  Because something as simple as a doctor's appointment or a meal in a restaurant is going to require a challenging 1 hour down-stay if you're lucky.  A solid 2-hour stay will get you through most situations, but not work.  At work you will probably need a 4 hour down-stay at least some days.  What is the thing service dogs do most in public?  Down-stays.
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Oh, I do feel for her. This is obviously the usual scam for desperate parents. I can feel her desperation. If looks could kill, I'd have been dead by the time my son was three. I sometimes wished I could wear a sign that said, "My son is atypical. I'm not a bad mother."
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I could swear I saw a list somewhere on the main site of skilld needed for public access. There is one in the handbook but it's pretty minimal. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Also, it' a good idea to get something from your doctor sayinf that you are disabled according to the standard definition.
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I agree completely as far as retrieves. 

Take my boy for example.  I did things a bit backwards and unconventiknally with him.  I taught the basics of retrieves in play mode which led to a rougher grip.  After teaching in play mode, I broke back to step one with "gentle" added.  I retaught for a gentle mouth again starting in plaode.  As a result I have an over eager retrieving fool of a dog.  He can do gentle retrieves but I have to remind him when I ask for the retrieve that it needs to be gentle, such as with my phone. 

Panther actually got to see my boy do a retrieve one day,, right down to the bottle practically being thrown at me.  Made her giggle but also reminded both of us that that same exact training style wouldn't work with every dog.  Her dogs for example, it doesn't work with. And she is a professional trainer and behaviorist (able yo read dogs and finds communicating with them easier than most people). 
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Shaken... Need advice.
« Last post by JenniferW on Yesterday at 03:17:17 PM »
 I'm very good about not putting the cart before the horse (as far as envisioning this pup being a SD) but the only thing that went through my head was how many times my previous SD was stepped on and violated in public... like the time a little girl in walmart tried to shove a French fry up his nose, the time I sent an end cap of feminine hygiene products spilling down onto his head, the time I tripped backward clear over him and onto my rear, the time a blind friend stood squarely on his tail and he didn't utter a peep... the list goes on... And envisioning a dog with a knee-jerk bite reaction in those situations is like a NIGHTMARE and so not gonna happen. At all. Ever.
 So... reason to be concerned... will certainly watch for any kind of response like that in the near future to negative physical stimuli...
 I didn't expect him to flop over like a dead thing and be like "Ooops, help?" but I certainly didn't expect repeated bite attempts.
 He's cool physically. Playing like a mad man again.
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Shaken... Need advice.
« Last post by JenniferW on Yesterday at 03:04:08 PM »
 I hope so Roxie... It was very much a  :wow2: kinda moment!
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Shaken... Need advice.
« Last post by Roxie on Yesterday at 02:49:26 PM »
Poor little Ollie! He probably had visions of boogie men-dogs getting him! I think this was one isolated situation. He will be fine!

Now for you! Just try to relax and regroup! This is just a wrinkle in time. A good sleep always helps!

Dart recently trotted himself into his hind legs being knotted into his 16 ft training lead. It was like undoing a ball of spaghetti to get his legs loose!

Just watch him for any unusual behaviors or for limping, and carry on with business as usual!
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You might have luck with advice about other things to do now, and suggesting a dog might be a good idea for him in the future.
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Shaken... Need advice.
« Last post by JenniferW on Yesterday at 02:00:57 PM »
 This might be all over the place but I just had an incident with Ollie and I have NO idea what to think about it...

 I was cooking in the kitchen and had him on a tie down nearby because he needed to eat and only my son and I were home, we were unable to keep a close eye on him, so on the tie down he went. It's a 6 foot lead. I was right there kneading bread. He did something and got his back legs completely tangled in his lead, tightly. It happened really fast. He immediately started screaming and panicking. My son and I obviously rush over to free him but when we reach in to untangle him, his response was to initially mouth us, followed by trying to actually bite us with force, which made things much worse. I ended up having to physically pin him to the floor while my son untangled and untied his legs and at one point it was frantic enough I was telling my son to just cut the lead. I have NO idea how this dog got that tied up in a matter of less than a minute, it was clear around his hocks, and [censored] near in a knot. I'm very shaken up by his reaction. I understand being panicked, I'm sure it hurt to some extent, but I'm highly concerned that his knee jerk reaction was to bring teeth with force into the mix. It makes me worry about how he'd react to having his tail stepped on, or his paw, or his ear tugged too hard, etc. I've never had a dog that didn't react to those type of things with a yelp and a run away in the opposite direction.
 What do I do?? I've been getting him accustomed to restraint from the day he came home for vet type reasons... I can hold any which way, clip his nail, clean his ears, brush his teeth, etc... No issues.

 I'm really upset. We untangled him and I released him once he was calm and then we went on with life and now he's napping in his crate but I am really, really shaken up. Is an attempt at a bite EVER acceptable in the vein of being injured or a traumatic circumstance?
Am I over-reacting? Am I under-reacting? Is there anything I should be doing to try and prevent this type of reaction in the future?
 I wasn't prepared for my calm pup to completely flip his gourd like that.
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