Task: "Sit" Here: Service dog in training Emmy, 11 week old German Shepherd from Team Huerta Hof, is laying the foundation for her training by learning her basic obedience. Here she practices her sit while increasing the duration she remains in her sit prior to release with "okay"
Task: "Wait" Here: Service dog in training Emmy, 11 week old German Shepherd from Team Huerta Hof, practices waiting for a treat. Wait is used for something the dog will do or get later, such as going through a door or getting food. Here Emmy waits to get a treat until released with "okay"
Task: Settle Here: Service dog in training Emmy, five month old German Shepherd from Team Huerta Hof, shaping the settle command. Settle involves the dog laying calmly on their side and remaining their until released. This command is useful for examining the dog or for when the dog needs to be still. In the shaping process Emmy first learns to go in with a lure, which will eventually be phased out as Emmy progresses.
Task: "Wait" at a threshold Here: Service dog in training Emmy, 3 month old German Shepherd from Team Huerta Hof, practices wait with a handler on her team. Emmy is told to "wait" and does not cross the threshold until she is told "okay" then she returns right to her handler.
Command: "Touch" Task: Close the Fridge Here: Service dog in training Zorn, 6 month old red fox lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers, touches the fridge closed using his nose. "Touch" refers to the dog using their nose to perform a specific task, including closing the fridge, cabinet, and drawers, or turning on and off lights.
Task: Retrieving Phone Here: Service dog in training Zorn, 10 month old Red Fox Lab, practicing retrieving a phone given only the command of "phone". Zorn knows how to retrieve any object given the commands "take-it" and "give" but is now learning to identify and retrieve certain objects given only their name, such as "phone" seen here
Task: "Sit" (Puppy Skill) In this Video: Service dog in training Zorn, three month old red fox lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers, at his very first puppy class. QC CAN service dogs go through puppy class, basic, advanced, and finish with specialized task training and transitions before being placed.