Often I get approached by other dogs wanting to know if they can be Service Dogs too. I let them know that just like some humans can be nurses or doctors, there's others that just aren't cut out for it, there are some great dogs that would never make a good service dog and there are some dogs you would never expect to make a great service dog that do.
Today's tip, a good service dog must learn patience. Not just a little patience. Lots and lots and lots of patience. Not just the kind of patience where you walk slowly at your Handler's speed even though you really want to go for a run. I mean the kind of patience where you can stay in a down position under a table during a meal for a couple of hours only moving to get a little more comfortable, to ask to go pee or if your Handler needs you. I mean being patient enough to wait in the car with the door open until you are told it's ok to get out, even if you see all your friends running around and barking nearby. You need to be patient enough to wait to eat until you're told it's okay. You need to ignore that squirrel, the cat or the bunny rabbit that pass you by and move at the speed your Handler tells you is acceptable. It can be very difficult to always remain controlled. It can be frustrating at times. Sometimes you will sit in Waiting rooms for hours and at times you will sit through appointments where you are not being held by anyone because of what your person needs to be doing, and you will still have to stay and not move or try to follow them. If you can be patient like that, then you might have what it takes. But if you just can't stay still or not get up to check things out, you probably aren't cut out for the job.