Training our puppies to become Assistance Dogs

By: Australian Support Dogs Inc (ASDOG)  07-Mar-2012
Keywords: Dog Training, Working Dogs, Assistance Dogs

Puppies are carefully selected and purchased from reputable breeders. They are then raised by our wonderful volunteer puppy raisers, with guidance from ASDOG trainers. They are shown how, using positive reinforcement methods, they can teach their puppies both good manners and basic tasks, to be calm and brave and to love working. From a young age the puppies are socialised and taken out to public places where they’ll work as adults, from streets and parks to shopping centres, clubs and railway stations. As they go out and about, great care is taken to ensure all their experiences are positive and happy.
When the pups are about 12 months old, they go to live with an ASDOG trainer for up to 9 months of intensive obedience, task and public contact training, after which they are then matched with a suitable recipient. The dog and recipient team then receive two weeks' training together in their home environment, as well as trips to the shops, on buses, trains and taxis, to their work and on social outings. ASDOG’s aim is to provide a dog that is confident and trained to live and work in the individual person's world. ASDOG provides continual contact with the recipient, with periodic ongoing training as required. When the team is ready they go for their Public Accreditation Test.
Whilst in public, the dog is required to wear a distinctive orange jacket which displays the ASDOG logo and identifies the dog as a trained assistance dog. Under Australian law, accredited assistance dogs are allowed to go with their recipient into any public place.
ASDOG is a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and follows their internationally accepted code of ethics in relation to all areas of operation and accreditation of dogs and recipients.

Keywords: Assistance Dogs, Disability Solutions, Dog Training, Dogs for The Disabled, Working Dogs,

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