A service dog is a type of guide dog that has been specially and individually trained to assist people with disabilities. Also known as an assistance dog, a service dog is beneficial to people who suffer from seizures, have visual or hearing impairments, mental illnesses, diabetes, Autism, or other physical, psychiatric, sensual, and intellectual ailments. Not all dogs are capable of being a suitable service dog. Along with standardized training, an ideal service dog will have specific characteristics and possess what is known as "service dog etiquette" before they can perform service dog duties.
During this time, puppy raising foster families is responsible for making sure that the puppy interacts heavily with all kinds of people and other domestic dogs as part of an essential socialization process. The puppies will familiarize themselves with people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and who have different styles and disabilities. Basic obedience and manners that are taught to any well-behaved dog will also have to be taught to a puppy service dog, such as: waiting at doors, riding in cars, sitting, lying down, and coming when they're called. This kind of training will make the puppy much easier to be around and benefits the teachers in the subsequent advanced stage of training.
In this way, their skills will be optimized and geared specifically towards the owner's personal disabilities, which may include two or more cross-impairments. While this is beneficial to the owner, whom a service dog will be working for anyway, program-trained service dogs are beneficial as well. Because of the extensive experience that program trainers possess, they are able to better deal with the early neurological stimulation and genetics of puppies.