I am giving my space to Judith. What she will tell you is too complicated for a dog to explain....
Jill (Director, Program Director of Assistance Dogs of the West) and I met at the ADW office to discuss, in depth, the kind of dog I thought would meet my needs. Jill's objective is to find the best possible match between a dog and prospective owner. She looks for the same level of responsiveness and assertiveness in both, with the owner being slightly more assertive.The dog must be easy to manage in high stress situations and easy to motivate when a job needs to be done. I went through several exercises with different dogs and tried to stay calm...which worked...until I met Vicky and fell instantly in love. I had to put her out-of-my-head, as there were several other "candidates" for me to see at a future date..