I just got her a week ago , so she is 12 weeks old. Thursday she will get her first shots. In just a week, she has learned to sit, make a toy squeek on demand and pick up a medicine bottle. Now we need to teach her to fetch as this will be one of the services she will provide. She will also be trained to fetch my cell phone too. Obidience training is a must. She is still a puppy and she has so much energy and she gets a little carried away with our other dog, a 14yr, old Shih Zu. She gets too amped up and she needs to have periodic time outs. I used to put her in a crate until she stopped whinning. Since she is so young and not crate trained, this method was put aside. Now, She is put on the couch or chair next to me and held down and petted until she mellows out. She constantly recieves praise for everything that she does positive and her intellegence amazes me. She has already learned 3 things in just a week. She will be getting her "service dog in training" harness soon, along with her registration number. Then she will learn to socialize use the doggy door and more. I believe with a lot of patience and understanding, she will be an excellent service dog for me. I have a blown out back and neck along with other medical needs. If your planning on training this dog yourself to be your service dog, please do not do it alone and make sure that your partner knows how to train animals without violence ! Good luck.