IGNORE OTHER PEOPLE WHILE WORKING

It is important that a Service Dog does not get distracted while working. This means ignoring other people, unless given the cue to greet an approved person. Because it is not fair to expect a dog to understand the concept of "sometimes," greetings should come only at the direction of the Service Partner, even when the dog is not working.  In the introductory video below, we are teaching the Service Dog-in-Training to ignore other people -- and even food! -- and focus only on her Service Partner. This lays groundwork for the dog later learning the other, more advanced elements of the "ignore people" skill.