Public Access - 4 Part Series 

Public Access begins when an assistance dog starts training in public places like retail stores, community buildings etc. Both of you need a specific set of skills to do so safely and effectively. In general, that means your dog should be 12-18 months old before she starts official public access, not just acclimation and generalizing basic training.

The required knowledge, skills, behaviors and approaches will be broken down into a 4 level course. 

 Note: These classes are NOT included as part of the school bundle for $380.

Prerequisites: Foundation Skills Level 1-3 or good knowledge of principles and application of positive reinforcement training.


 
Public Access - Level 1 

Class Goals

Your dog learns:  How to further generalize 4 behaviors needed for public access: sit, settle, loose leash walking and doorways
Becomes desensitized to common distractions in public.

Before you label your dog as "Service Dog In Training" in public, find out what public access is, how to assess if your dog is ready and if not, how to condition your dog to what he needs to be able to handle. Identify areas of weakness you need to work on before starting public access training. Discover what body language to look for to determine if and to what degree your dog is stressed and how to respond appropriately to that stress. Play some games that will build confidence specific to public access situations. Try out a general approach you can use to desensitize your dog to different kinds of distractions. Join the class for weekly challenges that will help you and your dog to generalize key behaviors! This class focusses on readiness for public access. 115 video clips to watch!

Public Access - Level 2 C$65 (for level 1 & 2)

Class Goals

Your dog learns: How to further generalize being non-reactive to unexpected sounds and moving machines found in stores, ignoring people, and greeting people only on cue. 


Learn how to train specific behaviors for common situations and features found in public such as: posts, following in narrow areas, check out desk, line ups, elevators, eating areas, greeting children, babies, handler leaving dog, dog taken away from handler, and a dropped leash. Discover how to get stimulus control for cued behaviors. Over 120 video clips in this class!


Public Access - Level 3 C$35  NEW!

Class Goals:

Your dog learns: that ignoring dogs, other animals, and merchandise is desirable and that a vest or harness is a cue to work. Formalizing the navigation of getting in and out of a vehicle, loose leash walking in the parking lot, common public features like moving through different doorway types, passing through gates and turnstiles, bathrooms, navigating an elevator, relaxing in restaurants, and travelling away from home.

The handler learns a methodical approach public access training, how to read signs of stress in your dog and how to respond appropriately. Find out how to use  controlled set ups to teach your dog to ignore distractions and apply "the Rule of 10". Find out how you can protect the team and your dog when working in public. Discover the importance of habit and learn common behavior chains in public places. Determine how to use exercise to help with success and what to put in your public access training tool kit. More on record keeping. Learn tricks to maintain your own motivation for public access training and key tips to set you both up for success! Did you know that there are times when you should not do public access with your dog and how the handler can deal with her own stress of working in public? 62 video clips plus photos and diagrams to learn from!

 Public Access - Level 4 C$35

Class Goals: Coming soon!

 

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