|Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs and Canine Ambassadors
JLS Dalmatians have a history of serving the communities that they live in as Therapy Dogs, Public Education Dogs, READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs),
one was a Service Dog (retired), one is a Seizure Assistance Dog and one was trained to be a Guide Dog (retired).
I personally have made Therapy visits with my dogs in the past, but I have not trained a READ, Service Dog, nor a Guide Dog. The owners did it themselves.
I am the breeder of Dalmatians that have an aptitude as Therapy dogs and a few as service dogs.
Here is a link to an article that may be helpful:
How To Train Your Service Dog Without a Professional Trainer
NOTE: I briefly read it and I do disagree with the early spay/neuter for a Dalmatian. That is NOT healthy for a Dalmatian specifically. I have in my contract
not to spay (female) at 8 months and not to neuter (male) until after a year. Recently (past few years) the thinking and some new facts indicate you should wait
until after the growth plates close (different for different breeds). Dalmatians would be around 18 months.
If you are looking for a Therapy Dog, most well bred Dalmatians can make good Therapy Dogs. They should have a friendly, out-going temperament.
If you are looking for a Service Dog or Guide Dog, you will most likely have to wait for just the right puppy. Not every pup in a litter is suited for this kind of work
specifically and maybe none in a litter will be suited for it. They must be unflappable in all situations and not TOO overly friendly, as they have a job to do.
You must be prepared for the possibility for the dog to "wash out", i.e. not work out for the work that you want them to do.
There is a modified Puppy Temperament (Aptitude) test that they do for service dogs at the same age that you would do the regular Puppy Attitude tesing
(7 weeks or 49 days). These tests are not guarantees, but if all goes right, and the owners do their part on training and continued socialization, I find the
Puppy Attitude test pretty darn correct on determining the future personality of the pup as an adult. I assume the same is for the modified Service Dog test.
The remainder of this page is a tribute to our wonderful canine ambassadors and their owners. We are very very proud of all of them! Click on the dog's
picture or name for detailed information.
[Current Therapy Dogs or Service Dogs] [Past Therapy or Public Education Dogs]