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The keeper of a social support dog pushes a wheelchair user, dog runs alongside on its lead

Training

First, the owner and his pet dog have to pass an entrance exam to determinate if both are suitable for this role. Thereafter, the team attends six an da half practical training days, which are held at regular intervals, as well as a theory day including a written test.

After the team has reached the required standard in its training, they have to pass a final test (based on the “Good Citizen Dog” test). This includes some demanding tasks to test the social support dog's the basic obedience, required reaction and his behaviour under difficult conditions.

When the final practical tests are taking place, there is also an obligatory veterinary examination of the future social support dog as well as a check of his vaccination status.