We have spent the last year looking for a better way to train service dogs. A system that would be easy to use, fun, and effective. Then we searched for a way to bring that program to more people at an affordable price. Now we are thrilled to announce the pilot program for our upcoming online service dog training academy.
Really great service dogs excel in four areas. 1. They have excellent behavior in public. 2. They have amazing relationships with their handlers. 3. They are extremely trainable. 4. They are masters when it comes to their task. In this program we are going to cover all four of these, but service dog training isn't just a list of behaviors. There are also a lot of concepts and skills service dogs need in order to be really great at their jobs.
Concepts and skills like:
- Impulse control: Your dogs ability to control himself so that you don't have to micro manage him all the time.
- Focus: Your dogs ability to focus on you regardless of distractions so that he can listen to your cues even if your Christmas shopping on Black Friday.
- Grit: Your dog's ability and willingness to keep working until the problem is solved so that your dog will be able to perform his tasks and alerts even in situations you haven't trained for.
- And so many more.
Here's what you'll get in the pilot program:
- Access to a service dog training system. One that will not only show you what your dog needs to learn, but also how and in what order to teach those things.
- Weekly training assignments that cover everything from basic obedience, to public access training, to teaching your dog his task. Every assignment will come with video and written instructions. Plus these videos aren't only our well trained demo dogs. They are dogs learning the behaviors in real time so you can see what the training looks like from start to finish.
- Access to a members only Facebook group where you can post videos and questions and get feedback from us and each other.
- Bi-Weekly Facebook Lives where we will answer questions and dive deeper into training topics.
- Access to the members only website where you will have access to all the videos and written instructions for 12 months.
- Certification is NOT required by law in the United States. However, if certification is important to you we will be able to administer our public access test at the end of this program (this will require an additional fee as we will need to find a trainer in your area who can administer the test, contact us for details on this).
Who this program is for:
- People who are wanting to train their own service dog and are at any level of training. Regardless of whether you are still searching for your service dog candidate or have been training your dog for a while this program can help. There will be lots to learn in the course so there will definitely be something for everyone.
- Because this is an online program we can help you no matter where you live. While we are only familiar with service dogs laws in the United States we can help you train your dog regardless of geography.
- This program was designed to focus on diabetic alert dogs and psychiatric service dogs but our program is flexible so we can help handlers training any kind of service dog.
- People who are interested in learning to use positive reinforcement and game based training to train their service dog.
- Because this is a pilot program (so it's still a little experimental) it is also best for people who are flexible, willing to ask questions, open to change, and are willing to give us constructive feedback.
- Can commit to training their dog a minimum of 20 minutes a day plus two public outings a week.
The cost for this pilot program is $240, more than half off what we will be charging next time around. That's $20 a month for access to a service dog training system that works and access to professional trainers every time you have a question or concern.
Because this program is a pilot program we are expecting there to be some glitches. Because we are expecting glitches we want to keep this class small so that everyone has as much help as needed. This means that registration for this class will close on December 19th and won't open again for at least 9 months. The program will officially start in January.
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