The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual

The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual

100 Tips for Choosing, Raising, Socializing, and Retiring Your Dog

Keagen J. Grace


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A One-Stop Shop for Anyone Interested in Learning How to Obtain, Train, Raise, and Live With a Service Dog.

The Ultimate Service Dog Training Manual is the essential resource for laypeople, handlers, and trainers alike who deal with service dogs. Covering everything you need to know about obtaining, training, and living with service dogs, this comprehensive guide provides practical dos and don'ts, tips and tricks, and advice on raising the perfect service dog for various situations.

Complete with illustrative photos, tips, sidebars, and detailed information, Including the history of service dogs, the legalities of where they are allowed in public and who is permitted to have them, what rights are in place to protect them, and more, this service dog bible covers service dog topics like:

  • What handlers want you to know
  • The path to becoming a service dog
  • Service dog jobs, from allergen alert dogs to psychiatric and seizure dogs
  • Costs of owner-training
  • “Fake” or under-trained service dogs
  • What service dogs should and should not do in public
  • What makes a dog unsuitable
  • Overview of standards, requirements, certifications, and gear
  • Task training, from opening doors to assisted pick-up, and more
  • Service dog socialization
  • Service dogs at work and school
  • Service dog retirement
  • The difference between service dogs, therapy animals, and emotional support animals
  • And more!


Keagen J. Grace:
Keagen J. Grace is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a writer, and a martial artist. Kea works as a service dog trainer for the private assistance dog organization SilaCentral. She serves as a consultant for service and assistance dog organizations and groups all over the world. She is widely published online and off, primarily in canine-related arenas, including sports, nutrition, training, legalities, and other related topics. Editor-in-chief for the service dog magazine Anything Pawsable, she lives in Glendale, Arizona, with her border collie, Sony, a crazy Sphynx cat named Soleil, and a young Sulcata tortoise named Shoogway.