Not every dog has what it takes to become a professional service dog. It takes a special breed, a unique combination of strength, character and what more to join the ranks of Hulphond Nederland. Pedigree is not that important, as long as they are physically able to help and eager to learn all dogs can be trained to become reliable assistants for people in need.
The life of an aspirant service dog starts with its selection for training. Seven weeks old, the puppy is tested for character, skills and docility, as well as people orientation, stability and resilience. If the puppy passes the test, a new life begins. Over the next twelve months the puppy will be educated and socialized by a host family, who are being supported by a professional puppy trainer.
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