How did you decided on a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
I knew from the start I’d need a breed large enough for mobility work; that knowledge was my foundation. I took 3 months to narrow down my top 3 breeds (Doberman, Golden and Swissy). From there I took another 2 weeks to decided which breed best fit me. After that it was another 2 months to find my top 3 breeders and pick one I’d like to partner with for the next 13 years of my dog’s life. From there it was another 2 months until I met my breeder and another 3 months until Anakin was born.
So choosing a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog wasn’t a whim?
Absolutely not. From the beginning process to Anakin coming home was 13.5 months total. So well over a year went into choosing and planning Anakin.
How long does training take?
This depends completely on your dog and its breed. The average for most commonly used breeds for service work is 18 months to 2 years.
How did you teach your dog to do This?
Practice, practice, practice everyday. For more details on how I trained my dogs to do a certain Task check my training category.
How often do you train?
Everyday we do something. Always.
Do you have public access issues with 2 dogs?
Now that I take 2 I’ve had less issues than when I had one. I suppose establishments think that if someone is gutsy enough to walk in with 2 large dogs they must be legit, right?
Does Anakin learn from Willow?
Having a seasoned dog around really does help with training and settling in new situations. As a puppy Anakin observed Willow and copied him. Now Anakin figures things out for himself and likes to show off once he’ understands what I’m asking.