Service Dogs 101: Is Your Dog Qualified to Be a Service Dog?

Not every dog can be a service dog. Regardless of breed, all service dogs need a special set of qualities in order to be reliable in their work. These characteristics include:

  • Calm but friendly
  • Alert but not reactive
  • Able to be touched by anyone, including strangers
  • Willingness to please
  • Tendency to follow you around
  • Socialized to many different situations and environments
  • Ability to learn quickly and retain information

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