Too old to train?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chickengal505, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    I have a two year old choco. lab named Molly. And I am in desprite need of a thearapy dog. I have stress issues and don't feel comfortable confiding in a human. So I'm simply wondering, is Molly to old to be trained as a service dog? She's uper mellow and pretty obedent. Or do I need to start with a pup? That wouldn't be a problem, But me and molly already have a bond... so any input?
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I don't think there is an age limit...... most dogs are trainable well into their older years for many things, although it depends on what they are doing.
  3. coreybee

    coreybee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2011
    Nottingham, PA
  4. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Beaver County, PA
    What a wonderful ambition!!! I have a friend who started with a 3yo mutt. You start with obediance training and go from there. You should have no problem.

    Sending +++ vibes for your success!
  5. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    therapy dog and service dog are two very different things though. a therapy dog is just certified to visit hospitals/schools/etc. An emotional support dog (also called a PSD or personal support dog) has certain housing freedoms, but no public access rights. A service dog has full public access rights and include Psychiatric Support Dogs.

    First step would be to get examined and be confirmed "legally disabled" this is different than "medically disabled"

    Second step is to set down with your dr/therapist and a trainer to figure out what tasks your dog can learn to help with your disability. Examples would be carrying packages for someone in a wheelchair, alerting to alarms for a deaf person, etc. A min of 2 trained tasks is required to be a service dog.

    Third step would be to have the dog evaluated temperament-wise. How is he around strangers? public places? Friendly is good, neutral is even better, aggressive and or nervous BAD!

    here are a couple of links that might help: - do I qualify for a service dog? - state laws - pyscharitic service dog society
  6. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Beaver County, PA
    Yes, I see....therapy is certainly different from service. Chickengal505, does the dog need to be 'official' to be of benefit? Sounds like she is already helping you a little bit or you wouldn't consider her for the job. An experienced trainer would be able to work with you both. Just my 2 cents.

    Wishing you the best!

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