Each and every service dog that is trained through Denver Dog Works and Michele Forto and her team has an individualized training plan. Michele trains for autistic, mobility, medical alert, and psychiatric service work. In each case, the needs of the individual are met and training of each dog is specialized for their handler’s specific needs. It takes approximately two years to train a service dog and takes a tremendous amount of patience, handling and work from everyone involved, including the family members of the service dog recipient. While on occasion we can train a dog that you already have, we have found over the years that there are several breeds that work better than others. In the past, we have found that German Shepherds make good service dog candidates for autistic, psychiatric, mobility, and medical alert service dogs because of their temperament and protective tendencies. German Shepherds have been used for hundreds of years as service dogs and have proven bloodlines. We have found Labradors to be well suited for service as well. Some mixed breeds make good service dogs and recently we have found that Labradoodles work well as service dogs.