I will be documenting our journey through our attempt at training our new puppy (a rescued 9 mo old black German shepherd/brindle pit mix named "Lava") to becoming a service dog. Our ambitions include: Interrupting self injury behaviors by pawing & whining Interrupting early melt down signs (fist shaking, screaming) by pawing and whining "pressurizing" by laying front paws, chest & head across torso 1 and 2 way alerting to sounds including :alarm clock (blanket removal, lights on, & licking) and : fire alarm (locate boy & bark or howl) Locating "her boy" "stop him" <- I am still contemplating the best response to this as I don't want anyone tripping, being stepped on, clothes pulling, teeth damage, or barking...although I may go with barking Closing bathroom door Locate & fetch: pillows, blanket, shoes, daily schedule Turn off lights Conversation skills - we will train a variety of responses (head tilts, "aroo roo" AKA talking, paw lifts, head nods, shaking, lip synching etc.) to set conversation phrases example "hi lava" = "aroo roo" and paw lift Some of these skills are therapies, some are services, and some are borderline therapy/fun Any ideas on other skills that may be useful? Comments or questions on what I've got already? I'm eager to hear feedback!