Service Dogs – 10 Things That Make a Dog Unsuitable For Service Dog Work

This is from a blog post by Kea Grace, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer that specializes in training working canines. In her post, Grace outlines ten characteristics that would make a dog unsuitable for training and use as a service dog.

In my opinion, this list is one of the reasons why working with an accredited service dog agency to obtain a service dog is so important, as they know what to look for and what to look out for when selecting a dog for service dog work. The fact is, few dogs qualify to be service dogs.  Here Grace’s list. For an explanation of the list, I encourage you to read Grace’s entire post at

  • Structural Imbalances or Issues
  • Genetic Illness
  • Vision or Hearing Problems
  • Unsuitable Size
  • Overweight or Obese
  • Timidity
  • Reactivity
  • Aggression
  • Excessive Drive and/or Energy
  • Aloof, No Desire to Interact or No Focus


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