So you often say that SDiTs shouldn't go out in PA for a while, and many suggest starting with dogs allowed areas, but what do you think about puppy raisers for organizations like GDB, GDF, CCI, etc, where I know pups from at least GDB start (part 1)
… their PA in no-dog areas like a grocery store, and their first time going out is as young as 2-4 months depending on where they’re from; they’re organized in clubs and each do things a little differently, I guess, but the latest they (part 2)
We didn’t get the rest of this message, but I think I get what you’re saying.
The reason we recommend doing things differently is because the large service dog organizations you have mentioned use dogs that are selectively bred specifically for service dog work, are highly scrutinized and are washed out or do not get trained if there is a chance they might not be absolutely perfect (I’m following a puppy raiser whose previously raised dog was doing well with their training but ended up getting career changed because they didn’t particularly care for being groomed! such a small thing!), and begin foundation work and training practically at birth, and all the while they are under the supervision of highly experienced and skilled trainers. For them, the age at which they choose to start public access is fine if the puppy isn’t scared or disruptive.
Meanwhile– and this is not meant to offend anybody, please don’t take this personally– I would say that for a large portion of the owner trainers following this blog and taking our advice, this is not the case. For dogs that were not bred for service work, who were not exposed to everything at a young age, who may have come from shelters, who may have behavior issues that need to be worked through, who are being trained by less experienced handlers, possibly without the guidance of a professional, different approaches are needed. More time is necessary for them to be ready for public access.