It goes without saying that when Amanda approached me with thoughts of training her newly adopted 6 month old hound for service work I was much more than skeptical. Hounds are most definitely not at the top of the breed list for service dogs! The obvious reason being the super distracting smell computer at the end of their faces! Although I was skeptical of Daisy’s abilities to be a service dog I was excited at the possibility and challenge of teaching someone to train their own service dog.
Our first meeting was at the mall. I wanted to see Daisy in a public location to assess her body language and her response to the stimuli around her – most likely things she’d never seen before. It was easy to find Amanda and Daisy; the wheelchair and loud hound bay gave them away. I noticed one thing right away – Daisy wasn’t fearful. The busy public environment wasn’t too much for her. The next thing I noticed was that she rebounded well. That means that when something startled her she quickly regrouped and moved on from it.
I began telling Amanda it was unlikely that Daisy would make a good service dog because of her hound nose but Amanda stopped me and said, “Oh, that’s not a problem – Daisy’s nose is broken!”. And, Daisy nose IS broken! Although we don’t know if she was born with nose malformed or if her nose was injured, it is most defiantly malformed.