First 10 Steps When Training a Service Dog. Episode 1

00:00 – Intro
00:50 – Marker Training
05:31 – Intro to Simple Commands
08:11 – Sit / Marker Continuation
11:00 – Down / Marker Continuation
14:05 – Intro to Three Simple Commands (Climb, Spin, Center)
14:43 – Climb / Spin / Center
18:43 – Place (Paws on Bowl)
23:09 – Hand Touch
27:19 – Stand
35:50 – Walk Backwards
39:45 – Introducing the Verbal Command

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Welcome to a new series on my channel. In this series I will be training a German Shepherd Dog named Harley to be a service dog.

In episode one I will be teaching Harley the first ten steps that I follow when training a service dog. These steps do not include socializing or confidence building. These steps are for obedience, as it’s important for a service dog to always be obedient.

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  1. Un BakPlaat on April 22, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Lovely video. I have a 15 weeks old Australian Shepherd boy. He’s currently in training by myself (I do have some experience) and we’re also getting an official trainer so that he can get a certificate later. He already knows the commands to sit, down, up, and also paw because I was curious how long it would take him to figure it out (5 minutes.. he’s smart, hell). We’ve already been training in public places too like stores, train stations and farms. He’s very calm and ignores any other animal, even dogs, except for when he’s off the leash then he’s free to play of course. He is going to be a PTSS service dog and when he’s got all the basics he’s going to learn things as crowd control and alerting and way more. Oh he already knows the commands to jump against me (hug) and lay down on my lap. For anyone reading this and thinks, oh, Australian Shepherds, sounds like they’re well at the task. Don’t get a shepherd if you don’t know what you’re working with! I’ve trained with this breed a lot before. They need a lot of physical and mental challenges, they need to work a lot, do a lot, and if you don’t do this correctly… You have a dog that can become destructive or even aggressive.

  2. Rohan Gardner on April 22, 2022 at 9:15 am

    I really like the video. I love dogs and reaky find the video helpful

  3. Theresa Jensen on April 22, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Hello! Wonderful videos but I’m having a hard time locating information for the state of Iowa to see if getting our new GS enrolled and me getting certified. Luca is 6 wks yesterday. Thank you!

  4. Emmanuel Pena on April 22, 2022 at 9:16 am

    How do i get my puppy motivated? Shes 8 weeks and so far is very shy and lazy. Barely motivated by food or toys. How do i get her engaged? Idk if shes just scared?

  5. dee Tee on April 22, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Can you tell me why use a terminal marker “free” vs “yes. What does the free do as opposed to the yes.

  6. DOG TRAINER on April 22, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Super brilliant

  7. Ryan Baker on April 22, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Hi Nate. So I finally started step one however I’ve noticed she is looking at my hands as opposed to my eyes. My hands are up by my face so is this okay to reward? I have been so I hope it’s okay.

  8. Steve Kreutzer on April 22, 2022 at 9:23 am

    For a dog this age and with the volume of treats consumed while training, what "treats" would you recommend for these training exercises?

  9. AL Villalobos on April 22, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Have a question… I am a disabled vet looking to get a straight back German Shepard for my service dog. However we a a family of five have two other family dogs and wondering if my service dog can interact with the family when I am not out and about with my dog. Can this animal both be a family dog and a service dog to me? Thanks.

  10. Suzy Ra on April 22, 2022 at 9:24 am

    I hope training dog to walk together be successful she never been outdoors before but she is really scared of everything i don’t know what to do i walk and she won’t walk everything scared her i hopefully she outgrown everything i just want her to have a shopping experience with me and my dog 😳😵i am getting my assistance dog tag 😄

  11. Breona Wilson on April 22, 2022 at 9:26 am

    But where’s all the PTSD dog training videos tho??? I’m seeing LOTS of comments of people wanting this, myself

  12. Melonie Lee-Pittman on April 22, 2022 at 9:30 am

    Such good information. My husband has a service related TBI and Parkinson’s Disease our Doberman who is his constant companion has been diagnosed with dementia and at 12 years old I am not sure how long we have left with her. My husband needs the emotional support of a dog. I feel we are too old to go through the puppy process but I worry about adopting an adult who has not been properly socialized and we have small grandchildren who come to visit often. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

  13. Melodee Goodrich on April 22, 2022 at 9:31 am

    I happened onto your videos today & I totally LOVE your techniques! I’ve trained (obedience) for years….but I’ve never trained a service dog–& will be getting a new puppy to train.

  14. Thea Jones on April 22, 2022 at 9:31 am

    How old was she when you started training her?

  15. Mandy Avelino on April 22, 2022 at 9:31 am

    I have new dog Belgian M 4 mos old I like to teach him to walk on my side.

  16. Matthew Mazzella on April 22, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Is a 2 year old dog too old to start training for a service dog?

  17. Ryan Baker on April 22, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Hi Nate. Just curious, how important is it for Daisy to learn "place"? I’m not going for any certification for her and I don’t see how we would use it… unless of course you tell me it’s important in which case we’ll certainly work on it.

  18. pete sims on April 22, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Nate, coming from the uk, you are a total legend. Really informative videos, easy to follow and work so well. Thanks so much!

  19. Yvonne Oliver on April 22, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Why is it “wrong” to introduce a behavior, whether using luring or physical positioning, with its verbal cue? Why is the separation required?

  20. dee Tee on April 22, 2022 at 9:37 am

    When do you put the verbal commands to the action.

  21. Malia Laguisa on April 22, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Is it ok to use “good boy” as the marker?

  22. Jennifer Soderquist on April 22, 2022 at 9:43 am

    This will help train my service dog

  23. Irina Neymark on April 22, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Thank you for such a helpful video! Is there an episode 2?

  24. krad on April 22, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Any tips on when I am trying to train my dog on luring, that my dog is just too excited and want to bite my hand instead?

  25. richard parkus on April 22, 2022 at 9:48 am

    I’ve always been taught that the cue free is to release the dog from a command. Ie if a dog is in a sit/stay and you want them to come to you then you use the word free

  26. Apryl Risoldi on April 22, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for such a great video! The clean and clear instructions make it easy to understand the how and the why. I’m looking forward to watching more of your videos and using what I’m learning.

  27. Nate Schoemer on April 22, 2022 at 9:49 am

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  28. klickerdog on April 22, 2022 at 9:50 am

    What are your thoughts on starting and training your own service dog – especially for psychiatric or anxiety-related issues? I struggle with providing quality advice for folks who want to go in this direction. Some critical behaviors must be taught in sort of stressful situations. Working up to public access and good citizen status can require people to go far outside their comfort zone. Do you ever recommend acquiring a dog who is already trained on basic obedience-type behaviors, or just working closely with a trainer? I have met a bunch of clients lately who "tried" to make their new puppies into service animals but ended up having more training trouble than they were prepared for, primarily socialization and impulse control.

  29. Kasey TheKdd on April 22, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Your videos are amazing thank you. I’ve had the easier ones before (Lab and Golden trained easily myself) but just got a GSD puppy for a bit of security and for a newly diagnosed MS patient myself hoping for a bit of service. I’m hoping to be able to train him for balance specifically and maybe a few other tasks like picking up dropped items or shutting a door. Your videos are helping immensely! Our pup is 9 weeks, we’ve had him a week and he already knows how to come, sit, lay down, walk next to me, settle in his place, wait and shake (for the fun of it.) These dogs are crazy intelligent! Having a bit of a rough time with the lure but I’m sure he’ll get it soon. I can’t thank you enough for these videos! Just wanted to let you know you helped another stranger out here!

  30. Palomar Family Adventures on April 22, 2022 at 9:52 am

    I’ve trained few dogs amd I’m liking this. Enhances my training. What is your treat of choice?

  31. Kim Silas Sarmiento on April 22, 2022 at 9:55 am

    How old is she?

  32. Victoria Renée on April 22, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Could you do a series of videos on retrieval (dropped items, etc), opening/closing doors, turning on/off the light, medication reminders/alerts, find the car, and public access for service dogs please?

  33. Bill Finch on April 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    What do you generally use for treats for training? I’ve just been breaking up tiny peace’s of lunch meat for my pittie

  34. Kev on April 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    I found it easier to not use free at all and just use a “yes” or “good girl” when rewarding. Free is pointless making her walk a few steps to get the reward. Also when teaching down you can use a hand motion instead of going down to the floor every time. beautiful lookin pup and you seem like you’re doing a pretty good job with her, best of luck.

  35. Ahmed Raja on April 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Picking up my a beautiful sable working gsd tomorrow. This series is freakin awesome. Can’t wait to start teaching him. Would want to teach him protection and also be a brother to my 11 month rottweiler!

  36. Tricia Hollowell on April 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    I loved your video very easy to follow. I have a brittani spaniel poodle cross a brittanipoo he just turned 2 and is very energetic and smart. I rescued him when he was 9 months old. I have been able to teach him many things but we have a vacation home on a beach with lots of people and vehicles. Most are very aware of dogs but some are not. He gets very focused on what he is sniffing and when losing interest will change direction without really any warning. He got hit by a truck, despite my waving of arms to the driver and yelling cause I saw him change direction and heading straight for the road. Thankfully he was only shook up but not injured or killed. Lots of distractions on the beach and I need to be able to train him to stop on command even from a distance. Any advice or videos you may have on this as this is the first video of yours I have come across.

  37. Andrea Casey on April 22, 2022 at 9:59 am

    We have new german shepherd puppy she is very smart but stubborn what treats can I use yo be more effective she’s 8 weeks on as of yesterday

  38. Gray on April 22, 2022 at 9:59 am

    I’m training my puppy, and am wanting him to learn to follow my hand/food with lure. The only issue is, he already knows not to snatch food without permission, so he refuses to take food from my hand without a verbal release every time my hand moves. Any tips?

  39. Ryan Baker on April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Hi Nate! Daisy, my German Shepherd, is certainly conditioned now to the my markers, however I’m not sure how to teach her to sit because she’s learnt to automatically sit and look up at me when she knows that it’s time to train and not giving me the chance to even teach her to sit. Any advice? Thank you so much

  40. Blessings to all on April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Great beautiful blessings 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  41. krad on April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am

    What kind of food are you using? My puppy doesn’t seem to like Kibble that much.. I would love to use Kibble to do meal time and training ..

  42. Jenifer Bloxom on April 22, 2022 at 10:01 am

    I am training my 10 week old GSP to be a service dog. Thus far, he has caught on to the commands quickly. However, when my older GS (Male -6) is around, he totally goes banana’s and loses focus. I started working with him in the front yard and away from the other dog. Whenever we are in a different area, Trooper howls and wines for the other dog. What do I need to do alleviate this behavior? Thank you – love your videos and technique. I am a newbie at this and I am looking forward to what I can accomplish with "Trooper".

  43. nathan smith on April 22, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Is it better to have schedule feeding time for meals? I’ve always just left food in the bowl and my dog would snack throughout the day. Is that the wrong way to do it?

  44. mihaela dog on April 22, 2022 at 10:05 am

    I couldn’t cuddle my puppy like this or kiss him. ☹️He was a maniac shark until 4 months . Thanks god it’s over.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I noticed while I am training my puppy ppl are smiling ( I’ll send them to your videos if they ask why my dog is so awesome 😎), nobody want a crazy dog in the neighbourhood.

  45. A R. on April 22, 2022 at 10:05 am

    I appreciate that you give true evidence instead of just saying something is true because you say it is

  46. zedmak on April 22, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Boy that is a lot of treats, my dog would be sick, I have to cut those up

  47. CATHARINA HOLMGREN on April 22, 2022 at 10:09 am

    My borzoi love this training🥰

  48. Salty Dino Nuggies on April 22, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Thank you!!!! A lot of service dog training vids relate to tasks only!! Which is great but we need fundamentals too!!

  49. Jenna Lopez on April 22, 2022 at 10:10 am

    No offense but why would anyone use a chain leash on a puppy ever I would never

  50. chris tayah on April 22, 2022 at 10:10 am

    are you saying "free"? why do you say "free"? thank you!

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