The Training Process
Service Dog Training is completed in phases which alternates between onsite training and the home environment. The focus is to align all the participants in the process as relational change takes hold and advances towards certification.
Consultation & Assessment
The consultation and assessment process is an opportunity to have all of your questions answered regarding the process etc as well as for me to meet your potential service dog candidate ( if you already have a dog ) or assist with obtaining a suitable dog for training. This consultation can be completed onsite or at your home. The consultation is approx 30 min - 1 hr.
In Training Certification - Temporarily Designation
During Phase I the focus is on relational change which is the foundation for the Service Dog Standard. As change begins to take hold the service dog is introduced to other dogs, people, environments and situations.
This phase involves aligning the owner with the service dog both within the home environment and other areas. This "mirroring" process transfers relational change to the owner and aligns the service dog within the helper role.
During this phase the focus is on advancing the relational changing process to a very high level. This phase represents PTSD and Emotional Support designation.
Physical Assistance Designation
During this phase of training the focus is on task specific training such as picking up various objects, physical assistance and other helper tasks specific to the owner's needs.