Top Three Reasons you Should Adopt a “Washout” Service Dog
They don’t all want to be service dogs when they grow up
There are multiple characteristics that go into making a solid and effective service dog, however, the most important factors are the drive to work and the ability to work for one person. What’s great about service dog washouts, (a dog that trains to be a service dog but does not make service dog status) is that the reason for them washing out of the service dog program is often the very reason they will actually make excellent family and/or therapy dogs. Here are the top three reasons that “washout” dogs make great adoption candidates:
- Sociability. For the person who loves to socialize at the breweries, run community 5ks with their dog, get involved with therapy work, or simply loves having a dog that fits into their active lifestyle, the overly social service dog washout canine is a perfect fit!
- Drive. There are dogs that just want to have fun and are driven by affection and stimulation but have no desire to work. Service dogs are a form of working dogs and working dogs find fun in their work but often dogs that are natural jesters, (goofy, silly, playful) find only the fun and games appealing, not the actual work. For families with kids, the characteristics of the jester dog can make for a great playmate and family member.
- Training. Service dog puppies, when handled the right way, begin their interactions that will set them up for life success at day three of age. They receive more daily training, routine, leadership, and socialization than most non-service puppies ever will. They have well-rounded temperaments, are exposed to other species during their critical period, and know more than the average basic commands.
When considering adoption, applicants should always look to find the right fit for their family, their lifestyle, and their personality. In considering a service dog washout for adoption, there is an advantage with the skills and characteristics of these dogs that deserve thoughtful consideration, given that what makes them not-so-great service dogs, ends up contributing to their success as excellent family companions.