Audit: Training Behaviors, Applicant Orientation & Matching
Days 1-3: Build Foundation & Advanced Behaviors
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: Client-Dog Matching
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 round table discussion sharing observations and discussing potential partnerships. Warning: it’s not as easy as it looks, but it is very fulfilling!
Day 5: 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 round table review of whether to place these applicants on our waiting list for a dog.
- 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.
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