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A One-Stop Shop for Anyone Interested in Learning How to Obtain, Train, Raise, and Live With a Service Dog.
The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual is the essential resource for laypeople, handlers, and trainers alike who deal with service dogs. Covering everything you need to know about obtaining, training, and living with service dogs, this comprehensive guide provides practical dos and don'ts, tips and tricks, and advice on raising the perfect service dog for various situations.
Complete with illustrative photos, tips, sidebars, and detailed information, Including the history of service dogs, the legalities of where they are allowed in public and who is permitted to have them, what rights are in place to protect them, and more, this service dog bible covers service dog topics like:
- What handlers want you to know
- The path to becoming a service dog
- Service dog jobs, from allergen alert dogs to psychiatric and seizure dogs
- Costs of owner-training
- “Fake” or under-trained service dogs
- What service dogs should and should not do in public
- What makes a dog unsuitable
- Overview of standards, requirements, certifications, and gear
- Task training, from opening doors to assisted pick-up, and more
- Service dog socialization
- Service dogs at work and school
- Service dog retirement
- The difference between service dogs, therapy animals, and emotional support animals
- And more!
About the Author
Keagen J. Grace is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a writer, and a martial artist. Kea works as a service dog trainer for the private assistance dog organization SilaCentral. She serves as a consultant for service and assistance dog organizations and groups all over the world. She is widely published online and off, primarily in canine-related arenas, including sports, nutrition, training, legalities, and other related topics. Editor-in-chief for the service dog magazine Anything Pawsable, she lives in Glendale, Arizona, with her border collie, Sony, a crazy Sphynx cat named Soleil, and a young Sulcata tortoise named Shoogway.
“Serious . . . well informed . . . credible . . . Her protocols involve humane and modern methods.”
—Arie Kopelman, President, Puppyworks Training & Behavior Seminars/Petworkshops LLC
“The service dog community has been plagued with inaccurate, incomplete, and slanted information. Thanks to Kea, we finally have an industry-standard, accurate, comprehensive reference manual for the service dog professional. The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual covers every aspect of the subject, including types of service dog jobs, legalities, task training, costs, and picking a good service dog candidate. Researched and written by a professional trainer who has spent her career in task training and partnership pairing, the material utilizes scientifically-based training techniques which are cooperative, kind, and—most importantly—effective. Kea writes in a conversational style which is accessible and straightforward. This book is an absolute MUST for every service dog professional or advocate.”
— Kyra Sundance, internationally bestselling author of 101 Dog Tricks and The Dog Rules
“If becoming a better trainer is your goal, then The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual by Kea Grace is a must-read. The philosophy of the book, “first do no harm,” is one that I, as a veterinarian, fully endorse and appreciate. This is a philosophy Kea lives by, and because of this her dogs thrive and willingly work with her and for her. I recommend this book to dog trainers, but also to owners who wish to learn more about how to train their dogs and improve the human-animal bond and communication.”
—Jill M. Patt, DMV