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Great Danes at the Service Dog Project, Snapshot from tuppycat-NZ

Why Great Danes Make Great Service Dogs

It’s size, it’s personality and it’s all around great. This is why great danes make great service dogs. The Service Dog Project was born out of happenstance, but the pups that resulted were built to do an important job. Service puppies are eventually placed with people who have Multiple Sclerosis, individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia, and veterans with disabilities. Each dog receives extensive training for balance, and once a dog is paired with an applicant, the dog is uniquely trained to suit the recipient’s needs.  A good balance dog should be at least 45% of its recipient’s height. A 6-foot-tall person needs a 32” dog, which makes a great dane perfect for mobility purposes; SDP’s pups vary in height from 30 – 36 inches. Great danes also require less exercise than many breeds of dog, which makes them a good fit for some people with disabilities. And they’re naturally cautious. Most danes prefer not to approach strangers themselves – they’ll often refrain from greeting someone until properly introduced.  Visit the newest litter of service dogs here on the SDP Live Cam.

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