I lost my service dog(a yorkie for issues with m/s) in February. I adopted a mix breed from a rescue & am hoping he may be trainable for me. Do you have any tips or hints on simple testing I can do to see if this is even doable? I am very excited about your book.
I want to apologize for the delay in responding to your question. I'm new to Goodreads and somehow didn't see it until today.
I am so sorry for your loss. And, yes, there are a few things you can look at in your rescue (congratulations!) to help you determine his suitability for SD work. If you bought a copy of my book, go to page 60 to the section called "Identifying a potential service dog from your local rescue". Even though you already have your dog, much of this applies. Two specific things to look at: 1) Is your dog anxious/fearful about anything (noise phobias like fear of thunderstorms, other dogs, people)? and 2) Have you seen any aggression toward dogs, cats, people? If either of these exist, I suggest finding a local trainer or behaviorist to evaluate your dog. Some issues are fixable, some aren't. Also, if possible, enroll you and your dog in a basic obedience class. This is a great way to see how your dog responds to people and dogs he doesn't know and to get the two of you working well together in public.