This 7 session video on demand study course is specifically designed to help the student learn how to train a dog to perform the fundamental assistance dog tasks using clicker/marking training. There is no single cloak to be woven from the many threads in this train your own assistance dog course. It does not focus on demonstrating completed or polished tasks. Rather, the focus is on the ingredients – the behaviors the dog must know in order to construct tasks, lots of tasks. Assistance dogs serve individuals with such diverse disabilities that no single educational tool could encompass all the steps for creating finished assistance dog tasks – to serve the full range of disabilities. In this course you will learn: Clicker Training; Hand targeting; Shaping; The “Four D’s”; Teaching a dog to “touch”; Teaching a dog to “push” with her nose and paw; Position changes such as: Backing up, Paws up, Under, Circle Behind, Changing sides, Follow, Turn around, Going away, 360 degree turns in place, Pulling off clothing, Solid “Stand Stay”; Targeting and Retrieve : Shaping a retrieve, Retrieving “mine”, Retrieving item by name, Behavior chain: Find Keys; Scent discrimination;;Signaling on a found object; Self-Control Exercises; Going to remote targets; Shaping to push buttons, switches; Push to close a door; Working with handicapped access doors; Pulling to open a door; Vans and car doors; Waiting at doors and gates; Ringing to “go out”; Temperament evaluations for assistance dog skills.
There are several handouts in this course that can be downloaded and used as an aid for the student as there is so much information in this course. Handouts make this course accessible for the deaf and can be translated to Braille for the blind.