are versatile, intelligent animals. Due to their size and ability to learn, they make ideal candidates for many tasks that help humans with daily life.  Some of the jobs hunting dogs can do include:

  • Service dog training fors the disabled
  • Therapy dog training helps people in hospitals, nursing homes and schools
  • Rescue dog training to find those trapped and injured
  • Seeing eye dog training to lead the blind
  • Hearing dog training helps the deaf
  • Assistance dog training helps the disabled and those with medical needs

What is service dog training?

Sporting dogs breeds are used for service dog. A service dog is generally an assistance dog trained to help people with a disability or a medical response.

Many private organizations raise service dogs with the help of prison inmates or families foster parents. Puppies learn obedience and basic life skills (socialization) until they are old enough for specific training. Some people can train their own dogs at home.

In the U.S. the disabled and their service dogs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This gives them equal access to places the general public is allowed, such as restaurants, taxis, and aircraft.  They also provide protection for handlers living in places where “pets” are generally not allowed.

is one organization that helps people in need of service dogs. They primarily use Golden Retrievers and Labradors for service dog training.

What is therapy dog training?

Hunting dogs also excel at therapy dog training. Therapy dogs visit nursing home residents, people in hospitals, and children in schools. They are used for emotional support and for educational purposes.

Therapy dogs cheer and comfort people. Therapy dogs usually need to be certified before some places will accept them. Therapy Dogs International, Inc., and the Delta Society are two well-known therapy dog groups.

What is rescue dog training?

The sporting breeds can also be superb when it comes to rescue dog training. Many of the best search and rescue dogs are sporting breeds. The same good nose and sensitivity that works in the field can be put to good use when it comes to finding a missing person or a missing pet. Some of the SAR dogs used following 9/11 were sporting breeds.

What is seeing eye dog training?

People everywhere identify Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers as preeminent seeing eye dogs. Guide Dogs for the blind base their breeding program on Labs and Goldens, with a small number of Lab/Golden crosses because these breeds excel at their tasks and have the specific qualities needed for seeing eye dog training.

What is hearing dog training?

Sporting dogs also make good hearing dogs for the deaf and hard of hearing. With hearing dog training these dogs alert their owners to a variety of household sounds such as a door knock or doorbell, alarm clock, oven buzzer, telephone, baby cry, name call or smoke alarm. Dogs are trained to make physical contact and lead their deaf partners to the source of the sound.

Any breed can be trained to be a hearing dog as they are generally small to medium in size. Hearing dogs are identified by an orange collar and leash and/or vest. NEADS (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) is the oldest continuing hearing dog program in the country.

What is assistance dog training?

Assistance dog training covers dogs with service dog training, hearing dog training, and seeing eye dogs. Some dogs can even be taught to recognize the signs of an impending illness, such as an asthma attack, epilepsy or a diabetic emergency.

Many dogs perform life saving actions by alerting their owners or other family members to a medical emergency. Sporting dogs, with their sensitivity and their intelligence, have frequently saved lives with their service dog training.

Lizzie Novotny R.N has a researched and informative website about dogs, especially the sporting dog breeds. She raises, trains and shows dogs and horses, and is familiar with all aspects of their care. Find answers to your dog-related questions by visiting her website The Hunting Dog

Originally posted 2018-01-16 05:58:54.

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.