Assistance dogs enable more mobile and independent lives for people with disability. Unfortunately, health insurance only pays for guide dogs in Germany. Assistance dogs can also help with a wide range of disabilities (link zu videos
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Carlo is an assistance dog in-training. Since he was 9 weeks old, Carlo experienced daily trips into ever new environments, playful exercises that stimulate a confident personality and little adventures under the care of his trainer.
To grow into great assistance dogs, he has to develop a temperament and personality suited for the task. First of all, he should be very balanced and confident. In challenging or surprising situations he should not react fearful or aggressive. Most of all, he should wholeheartedly want to work with "his" human.
Carlo was selected as a puppy, because he is very attached to humans by nature. From the first moment he sought to be near his trainer, and still today he regularly checks returns from free playtime to check in with his people, just because he loves being close to them. A very good sign that has a lot of value for his future as an assistance dog!
During his first training phase, Carlo learned basic skills like coming when called, staying in one place, and walking respektfully on a loose leash.
At the age of 1 year, Carlo, like all Pfotenpiloten-assistance dogs, was thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. This included x-rays of joints and spine, detailed blood analysis, examinations of the eyes and a detailed check-up. This ensures that he is completely fit for the job.
Next he is meeting potential clients, until the trainer finds the perfect match. The chemistry has to be right! After that, he will be trained over a 6-12 months period on all the tasks he needs to master to assist "his" human. This intensive training is followed by approx. 1 months of establishing a good partnership between client and assistance dog.