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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Pfotenpiloten is a nonprofit organisation that gives well-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities free of charge. To finance Carlo´s development and training we need your help!
The training starts at puppy age. 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 their trainer.
To grow into great assistance dogs, they had to develop a temperament and personality suited for the task. First of all, they should be very balanced and confident. In challenging or surprising situations they should not react fearful or aggressive. Most of all, they should wholeheartedly work with "their" 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!
After their foundation has been established, at the age of 1 year, Carlo, like all Pfotenpiloten-assistance dogs, will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. Then he starts his specialized training. Over a 6-8 months period he will learn to master on all the tasks they need to assist "his" human. This intensive training is followed by approx. 1 months of establishing a good partnership between client and assistance dog.
The training concludes with a test for the team, to make sure they harmonize. Unique to Pfotenpiloten is also, that our trainers stay in life-long contact with the teams to ensure harmony in the team and the well-being of dog and client.