- Service Dog Foundations
Are you wondering whether your dog has what it takes?
Are you wondering if YOU have what it takes?
Are you tired of people telling you that you can't do it?
Our Service Dog Foundations program will give you what you need to become skilled and confident in only two months!
This course is NOT for you if you are looking for an easy way to get around strata regulations or dog-hating landlords, or if you want the dog to be completely raised and trained by someone else.
If your dog is under 6 months, consider our Puppy Prodigy Program. This program places an emphasis on the time-sensitive, development-specific things that a puppy must learn if we are to maximize their success as a future service dog candidate.
You could, however, take this course IN ADDITION to a puppy specific program. It is always great to improve your bond with your dog at any age, it just isn't a replacement for puppy specific learning.
You can also learn the information in this course and practice with another dog - the skills will be with you forever and you can apply them to your future dog when you find them.
Our program will teach you key skills that you need to get to that point. These foundational skills are so vital that clients of ours who do not master them cannot raise their dog to certification standard.
This course is a pre-requisite for those hoping to enter our advanced Service Dog Certification Program, which requires that you have the foundational skills AND that you have the right dog who has what it takes! Our advanced program focuses on preparing clients for success with the provincial certification exam.
Even when charitable institutions place fully trained dogs with clients, the clients are put through a crash course "team training" to help them develop these vital skills. So please encourage the disabled person to engage with the content and learn the skills along with you.
To access them you will need an internet connection and either a computer or smart phone.
In person lessons only require that you have a dog, yourself, and your dog's equipment!
service dog trainers with formal education in the field and a long list of successful graduates.
- Navigate service dog public access rules.
- Handle the leash and treats like a professional.
- Improve your timing and communication.
- Understand your dog's communication and needs.
- Teach your dog assistance skills
- Develop crucial public etiquette including
1. Impeccable leash manners
2. Ignored distractions
3. Holding a solid down-stay in busy places for up to an hour at a time .
Students who demonstrate in-person or by video that they have mastered the foundational skills will be given a certificate of success and will be considered for our Advanced Program.
She apprenticed at Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) in Burnaby BC from 2008-2010 and has been helping owners succeed with their service dogs privately since 2011.