I am a service dog trainer for a dog who will eventually go to a child with autism. AMA!
I have always loved dogs, having grown up with them, and so when I went to university in a different city and lived on my own, I really wanted my own dog. I would see other students on the Western University campus training service dogs and I would always talk to them about it. Once I got my own place, I looked into training service dogs and by November 2012 I had my very own chocolate standard poodle (4 months at the time) to train. His name is Virgil and he's more popular than I am. We were featured on my university's website! and within the next week or so a London newspaper will be doing a feature on us as well. This is Virgil and I at a car show last week where we helped raise money for the organization I volunteer with, Autism Dog Services.
EDIT: Some people have been asking to see more pictures of Virgil so I posted a few here. Enjoy!
EDIT: Thank you everyone for your questions and kind words! I truly appreciate it :) If I haven't answered your question, its probably because I had already answered it a few other times already, so look at the comments and stuff and see if you can find the answer you're looking for :)