Sorry, this is not a direct answer to the ADA thread, but I wanted to check in with people who have a service dog or who are training one. I am planning on getting a miniature poodle as a service dog. I'm in Northern California and wondered if anyone has any input on a breeder recommendations. I see Clarion, Black Pearl, Midnight. Temperament is key, obviously. I think trainability is built in with a poodle : ) ANY help or advice at all is welcome. I plan on going to a trainer to assist with obedience and PAT, but to train myself for my particular needs. I don't know anyone else with a service dog, so as I say, any advice, suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
Honestly, a puppy that passes all the qualifications as a puppy doesn't necessarily mean a slam dunk service dog. Training your own dog requires a lot of work literally everyday for the first two years of its life. Most people don't have the time and it would be easier getting placed by a program. Even then, it is a maintenance process.
I do believe poodles as a breed make excellent service dogs. Ive seen as many poodles as retrievers as service dogs in public places like airports, Disney, or grocery stores. The only issue is finding one willing to please because very smart breeds sometimes require counter condition work. This is probably why you don't see many border collies. I think independence vs willing to please varies inversely to each other.
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