Service Dog Prospects

We currently have two Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Service prospects. Both are reliable, stable, and dependable with public access. Both have basic commands and are starting retrieve work. Please email if interested. Below are the types of commands and tasks our prospects are working on.

Foundations

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Leave It
  • Come
  • Place
  • Leash manners
  • Exposure
  • Impulse control
  • Recall
  • Focus
  • Boundaries, do not cross
    • Front door
    • Back door
    • Garage door (door into home/open car garage door)
  • Entering and exiting a vehicle calmy, waiting to be released from vehicle

Intermediate

  • Public access
  • Extended down stays/Settle
    • Restaurants
    • Movies
    • Airplanes
    • Work environment
  • Rear end awareness
    • Backing up
    • Sideways left and right
  • Loose leash heeling
  • Off leash heeling both sides
  • Heeling with the person, not the shopping cart, both sides
  • Heeling with medical devices, both sides
    • Wheelchair
    • Walkers
    • Oxygen tanks

vAdvanced

  • Retrieving dropped items
    • Different shapes, textures, weights
  • Carrying items
    • Wallets, bags, phones, backpacks, take out bags, fast food bags
  • Opening Handicap buttons (on doors)
  • Closing doors/cabinets
    • Using their nose, not their paws (property damage)
  • Retrieving water from fridge
  • Retrieving a bag from a set location (ie emergency meds) & putting it back
  • Cleaning up their own toys (putting them in a basket)
  • Forward momentum pulling
    • The mechanics of it, can’t really do it until they’re two but they should be gone before then

Our passion for Service Dog training started nearly two decades ago with experience working with three different service dog organizations in various capacities. We currently have a few Greater Swiss service dog prospects in training from Roman Reign litters. Applications for placement for these prospects will not be accepted until a later date.

While these prospects are in training, they are learning the foundations of a working relationship and basic commands needed for service work.

*In general, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs are NOT an ideal breed for service work. Though, their larger size and history of pulling carts lends themselves to being physically built for mobility work. They are a sentinel breed that can make them difficult to use for public access. However, there are individual Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs that can be very successful service dogs. Identifying those individual Greater Swiss Mountain Dog puppies that may be ideal for service work is a highly involved task. *With that said, we have seen successful Greater Swiss Service Dogs.

*Lowchens can make wonderful service dogs, particularly medical alert, because they are extremely attuned to their humans, great problem solvers, and quite biddable. Their small size, robust health, and non-shedding qualities make them an ideal candidate for many non-mobility tasks.

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