Service Dog Training

Service dog training is a vital part of ensuring that service dogs are well-behaved, safe, and capable of helping their owners with their needs. Service dogs are trained to provide assistance to people with physical, emotional, and psychological disabilities. This type of training involves teaching the dog a variety of commands and behaviors that will help them meet the needs of their owner. Ultimate K9 offers service dog training throughout our service areas of Southern Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Learn more below, and contact us today!

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Choosing the Right Dog

The first step in service dog training is evaluating the dog’s temperament and physical condition. This helps to determine which behaviors the dog could be trained in and which behaviors should be avoided. It also helps to establish a baseline for measuring progress.

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Begin With Basic Obedience Commands

The second step is teaching basic obedience commands. This involves teaching the dog to sit, stay, come, and heel. These are the most fundamental commands and are essential for the dog to understand and obey.

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Begin Specialized & Advanced Training

Once the dog has mastered basic obedience commands, they can be taught more advanced commands. This may include retrieving items, opening doors, and pulling wheelchairs. These commands require the dog to understand and obey more complex instructions and may take longer to master.

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Socialize the Dog

In addition to teaching commands, service dog trainers must also socialize the dogs they are training. This helps the dog become comfortable around people and other animals. It also helps them to better understand how to behave in public settings.

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Meeting Their Owner's Needs

Finally, dog trainers must also help the dog learn how to respond to their owner’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs. This includes teaching the dog how to recognize signs of distress and helping them understand how to help their owner in those situations.


Service dog training is an important part of ensuring the safety and well-being of the dog and their owner. It takes patience, dedication, and a good understanding of canine behavior to properly train a service dog. Ultimate K9 has years of experience in service dog training. We can help you with all of the steps, including evaluating a dog's temperament to be a service dog. Contact us to get started today!

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