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: "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: "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: "Wait"   In this Video: Service dog in training Bobo, 2 year old yellow lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers waits before going to get his favorite toy, a bottle

Task: "Wait" In this Video: Service dog in training Bobo, 2 year old yellow lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers waits before going to get his favorite toy, a bottle

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.

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.

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: 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.

Command: "Tug"  Task: Opening the Fridge  Here: Service dog in training Zorn, 6 month old Red Fox Lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers, tugging open the fridge.  "Tug" can be used to open a variety of things like the fridge and cabinets, as well as to take off clothes, from coats to pants, to to socks to gloves., and even to drag heavy objects that cannot be carried.

Command: "Tug" Task: Opening the Fridge Here: Service dog in training Zorn, 6 month old Red Fox Lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers, tugging open the fridge. "Tug" can be used to open a variety of things like the fridge and cabinets, as well as to take off clothes, from coats to pants, to to socks to gloves., and even to drag heavy objects that cannot be carried.

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: 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: "Heel"  In this Video: Service dog in training Bobo, two year old lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers.  The "heel" is used in bracing.  Here Bo is practicing going to "heel" on all his own, with no luring from his handler and no corrections

Task: "Heel" In this Video: Service dog in training Bobo, two year old lab donated by Iron Hill Retrievers. The "heel" is used in bracing. Here Bo is practicing going to "heel" on all his own, with no luring from his handler and no corrections

Task: Closing Cabinet Command: "Close" (Shaped from "Touch") Here: Service dog in training Zorn, 9 month old Red Fox Lab donated from Iron Hill Retrievers, uses his nose to close a cabinet

Task: Closing Cabinet Command: "Close" (Shaped from "Touch") Here: Service dog in training Zorn, 9 month old Red Fox Lab donated from Iron Hill Retrievers, uses his nose to close a cabinet

Task: Retrieval ("Take-it" and "Give-it")  In this video: Service dog in training Oden, 11 month old Golden Retriever from Iron Hill Retrievers.

Task: Retrieval ("Take-it" and "Give-it") In this video: Service dog in training Oden, 11 month old Golden Retriever from Iron Hill Retrievers.

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