ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - Service animals are a very important part of many peoples' lives.
"The thing that gets me and the thing that keeps me going is the fact that these families are struggling so much," said Herb Brosz, dog trainer for All Purpose Canines.
Training dogs is a long process that requires a lot of patience and finding the right animal.
"Selection of the animal is key. If you pick a dog that has some horrendous things happen to it in it's background, that's difficult to overcome for a service animal," Brosz said.
Trainer Herb Brosz is currently training Sammy, who is in the early stages of the learning process.
"We're working on sitting, laying quietly while I'm just standing here, and walking on a leash without pulling me around," Brosz said.
After training, Sammy's job, like all other service animals is defined, and the dogs take a lot of pride in their work.
"They're supposed to be calm, and remain calm, essentially just be there," Brosz said.
Once fully trained-- Sammy will be working with a sophomore in high school who has Type I Diabetes.
"A true service animal is focused on the person it's with, you shouldn't pet it, you shouldn't ask if you can pet it," said Brosz.
To get to that point, Herb will train his dogs the same way that has always worked for him.
"The way you do it is you have to not lose your cool, stay patient with them, keep talking to them, and reward them when they do the good stuff," said Brosz.
It generally takes about a year to train a dog, although it all depends on how the animal learns.