The Working Dog (1-3 month program)
Wheelchair Assistance Dogs (1-6 month program)
Therapy Dogs (1-3 month program)
Brace & Mobility Support Service Dogs (18-24 months program)
Depending on which Advanced Obedience program you choose, the program is geared around the specific needs/skills of each of the numbered programs above. In addition, to the below skills learned, each dog will know all their Advanced Obedience skills off leash. At this level of obedience we offer e-collar training for those clients who enjoy the outdoors with their dogs on an off-leash basis the majority of the time! Our clients who have completed this level of training say it is life-changing for both the owner & dog. At completion of the 30-day Advance Obedience program, we will conduct a personal hands-on session with you and your dog to make sure you are comfortable with what the dog has learned. Not all programs are discussed in detail below; please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!
Room & Board, daily exercise and personal one-on-one training.
Required food, vaccinations, heartworm preventative & parasite control are at owner’s expense; any needed vet care is at owner’s expense including trip charge.
Brace and Mobility Support Dogs
Brace and Mobility Support Dogs are a type of Service Dog trained to provide their disabled handler with assistance moving from place to place. This invaluable service is matched only by these dogs’ ability to also help with other chores and tasks, like opening doors or retrieving dropped items. Due to the unique nature of their work, though, Brace and Mobility Support Dogs have special needs.
Brace and Mobility Support Dogs, also known, as Mobility Support Dogs or Mobility Assistance Dogs, are a special type of Medical Assistance Dog primarily trained to assist their disabled handler with locomotion (defined as moving from one place to another by any means, including on foot or in a wheelchair). Mobility Dogs help people with impaired balance, gait, or coordination to safely walk or regain their footing after a fall, and they help individuals who utilize prosthetics or other assistive devices, including wheelchairs, gain unprecedented levels of independence, freedom, and mobility. They are also frequently trained to help their handler with everyday duties that their human partner can’t readily perform because of their disability, or can only perform with difficulty, like picking up dropped items, retrieving out-of-reach objects, and opening/closing doors, drawers, and cabinets.
When you need to prepare your dog to become a service dog, then your dog needs to undergo some training. Basically, there are three areas for training a dog for service:
- Manners or heeling
- Obedience with proofing (aka public access skills)
- Task training
Manners or Heeling:
Heeling, contrary to popular belief, does not mean, “let’s go”. It is the most difficult skill to teach a dog. Because for them it is an abstract concept, to maintain a relative position to the handler, regardless of how the handler might move. It is an exercise for attention only, not more than that. If the handler moves forward, then the dog also needs to go forward to maintain its relative position with its handler. This training will make the dog automatically turn back when the handler turns back. There is no additional command to give to the dog, once the dog is instructed to remain in heel position.
Obedience with proofing (aka public access skills):
Obedience Proofing is one of the most time-consuming task to train in a service dog. Which means the handler must patiently immunize a dog against any distractions, one distraction at a time. Proofing is generally started with the dog in a sit-down, and stand-stay, and then progresses to distractions during the recalls. The distractions may not stand out, even clapping one’s hands, and progress until the dog will remain in the command, even when the other dogs are playing around him, fighting with a squirrel or a cat dashes by, while strangers offer food and call him back. A service dog is no real use to his owner if he cannot be relied upon to resist distractions.
Task training is the easiest part of training a working service dog. Once he has a firm foundation in the core skills; heeling, attention and proofing are put together with trained tasks. This is a core part of training the service dog so task training is the test to check whether a dog is trained as a service dog.
If the trainer has not been able to teach the dog legitimate tasks, then it means the owner has not got the basic training skills that are needed to adequately prepare the dog for the obedience and public access test.
When it comes to Service Dog training, all of the hundreds of available tasks can be boiled down to 7 essential behaviors.
7 TASK WORK FOUNDATIONS
- HARNESS WORK
Generally, all these trainings typically take between 3-24 months. After this training is completed, your dog is eligible to undergo tests for the service dog certifications.