The important jobs of service dogs involve providing assistance to those who have seizures, mental illness, hearing impairments, visual difficulties, autism, diabetes, emotional problems and other disabilities. Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are the most common dog breeds that work as service dogs. Often times, service dogs, also known as guide dogs, are bred in selective breeding programs or rescued from animal shelters. However, any dog breed is capable of becoming a service dog, as long as they meet requirements such as overall good health, calm temperament and completed the training by service dog organizations successfully.

The Life of a Service Dog

Service dogs usually work for up to eight to ten years and can have a number of owners,
depending on the needs of each individual. Other times they may work for the same owner for their entire career. When service dogs are not working they are encouraged to act normally as typical dogs.

Service dogs are able to determine when they are working or when they are enjoying free time by if they are wearing their gear or not. This is something they learn during their intensive training.

Once a service dog reaches retirement they either remain with their owner as a companion pet or they are re-homed by the dog service program where they originally started from. Due to their high quality training and impressive behavior there is a long waiting list to adopt these special dogs at retirement age.



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