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Desperate Help Needed for Training my Corgi/Shepherd

I need help with my one year old Corgi/German Shepherd that I am trying to train as my seizure assistance dog. She is either so skittish that she does one tiny thing wrong and runs and hides or she won't do anything because she doesn't feel like it. I really need help. How do I get my dog to do what I need her to do. It's been two months and I can't even get her to lay down for longer than five seconds. She refuses to walk on the leash the correct way even though we've spent countless days working on it. She won't stop getting distracted by dogs even with all of the socialization. She is a little terror service dog. After two months she refuses to do anything correctly. I can't figure out why. It's super frustrating. I have never raised a hand to my dog, I only use positive reinforcement, but she won't do what she needs to do. When I put on the vest she does alright training in public but she still can't do the seizure alert tricks she has to be able to do to be a real service dog! We are FAR from that... Someone please help...

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  • Evelyn CummingsEvelyn Cummings Posts: 11,879Member
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    Dogs selected as Service dogs must undergo comprehensive testing prior to beginning training. Even with this pre-screening, not all dogs are suited for use as Service dogs. These dogs must have impeccable behavior and attention, especially when it comes to responding while in the public. It sounds to me like your dog is not cut out to be a service dog. Please be aware, more dogs are washed out during training than actually end up as SD's...this is one reason many people opt for an already trained dog since it can be MUCH less expensive, especially in time spent training. I would suggest you hire a private trainer who specializes in training service dogs for an evaluation of your dog. If she is not going to make the grade it would be better to find out now rather than spend more time and money trying to force the issue. In two months of training the average dog should be able to pass a CGC test. one of the first evaluation tests for SD candidates. If your dog is unable to pass this
  • Maria ElenaMaria Elena Posts: 202Member
    Accepted Answer
    Seizure alert dogs are especially trained for that purpose. You can enroll your dog or seek the help of professional providers.
  • Maria ElenaMaria Elena Posts: 202Member
    Accepted Answer
    Seizure alert dogs are especially trained for that purpose. You can enroll your dog or seek the help of professional providers.
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