Are Shih Tzus Good Service Dogs?
First of all, lets go over the differences between service, therapy and emotional support animals. Service dogs preform essential tasks to help individuals with physical or psychiatric disabilities. For example, a service dog may provide key services to someone suffering from epilepsy. Therapy dogs help out by volunteering in places such as schools, hospitals or assisted living centers. Emotional support animals provide comfort to individuals in need. For instance, if a person is suffering with depression, it may be a good idea to look into getting an ESA certificate from a psychologist.
Now to answer the question, not all of the Shih Tzu puppies in my responsible breeding program are cut out for service, therapy, or ESA work. The Shih Tzu puppies must possess specific temperament traits to make them ideal candidates for the job. For instance, some Shih Tzu puppies may work great with families with young children. Other puppies might possess temperament traits that make them great candidates for a therapy dog position.
This is the precise reason why I temperament test each puppy in my program. Why it is true that all the puppies go through the same first class puppy curriculum. There is so much more to the puzzle. The puppy must possess certain temperament traits that align to the specific type of work that needs to be done. Furthermore, if a puppy possesses the correct temperament traits, he or she must still go through proper training in preparation for the future job. If you would like to learn more about my responsible Shih Tzu breeding program and the Arizona Sunrise Shih Tzus difference than click here for more information.