Service Dogs Inc

Audit: Training Behaviors, Applicant Orientation & Matching (April 2018)

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Dates: April 2018 (Exact dates to be announced) 

For students who have completed our Assistance Dog Training for Professionals Workshop, be part of building advanced behaviors and real life client interaction at this exciting Audited Series of Events:

Days 1-3: Build Foundation & Advanced Behaviors

“Helping with Laundry” Using our simulated dryer, Service Dog Ruby removes clothing and drops it into the laundry basket.

“Helping with Laundry” Using our simulated dryer, Service Dog Ruby removes clothing and drops it into the laundry basket.

Focus on building foundation and advanced behaviors with Hearing and Service Dogs. Watch Trainers train all of the behaviors in our program with dogs at every level. Observe Trainers build foundation behaviors, such as impulse control, heeling, walking next to a wheelchair, tug, push, alert and boomerangs, and specialty behaviors like helping with laundry, sitting up or rolling over in bed, assistance with clothing.

Gain insight into how Trainers move through the approximations of behaviors, and how they coach Apprentice and Associate Trainers to refine their skills.

Day 4: Applicant Orientation Day

Trainers Elizabeth Morgan and Susan Ramsbottom introduce Service Dogs Watson and Ember to applicants on Applicant Orientation Day.

Trainers Elizabeth Morgan and Susan Ramsbottom introduce Service Dogs Watson and Ember to applicants on Applicant Orientation Day.

Be on the front lines throughout a day dedicated to evaluating whether applicants can be successful with a placement of one of our Hearing or Service Dogs.

Through staff presentations, applicant interviews and interactions with dogs to assess manual skills, comfort with dogs and ability to take direction from the training staff, we seek to gain insight into the individuals applying to us for dogs.

You will assist as an escort for an Applicant throughout the day and sit for one-on-one interviews. You will have informal time to talk over lunch as well.

At the end of the day, share your opinions and insights during our staff roundtable review of whether to place these applicants on our waiting list for a dog.

Day 5: Client-Dog Matching

Manager of Training Becky McClintock introduced Recipient Bruce Brim to Jax and several other Service Dogs at Matching. This includes practicing several behaviors with each dog.

Manager of Training Becky McClintock introduced Bruce Brim to Jax and other Service Dogs at Matching, which includes practicing several skills with each dog.

Join us at one of the most rewarding days at Service Dogs, Inc. At Matching we introduce clients on our waiting list to multiple dogs to determine which dog will be their best match!

Each session begins with an update interview with each client. Then Trainers introduce dogs to each client and lead them through a series of training exercises together.

Afterwards, join our Staff in a roundtable discussion sharing observations and discussing potential partnerships. Warning: it’s not as easy as it looks, but it is very fulfilling!

  • 5-Day Audit: $750 (Monday-Friday)
    – Building Foundation and Advanced Behaviors
    – Applicant Orientation Day
    – Client-Dog Matching Day
  • 3-Day Audit: $450  (Monday-Wednesday)
    – Building Foundation and Advanced Behaviors (Only)

Please note: Successfully attending and completing this class does not signify that the attendee is a Service/Assistance Dog trainer or qualified to train and/or place Service/Assistance Dogs. Assistance Dogs International has specific standards that an individual must meet in order to be a certified Assistance Dog trainer – and taking part in this class does not fulfill all these requirements. See “Standards for Trainers” in ADI Minimum Standards and Ethics.



The deadline for registrations in this class has passed. Please check back in the fall for next year's dates -- we run this class annually. Any questions? Email janet@servicedogs.org

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