While we understand the vast needs of many people living with disabilities the Owner Assisted Training program is not able to serve individuals who are non-verbal, that require a full-time caregiver or that cannot gain independence from the use of a service dog.
Before beginning our classes, all dogs must be evaluated for temperament and trainability. The assessment provides an estimation of what your dog's chances are of becoming a service dog. Passing the evaluation does not guarantee that your dog will make it all the way through the program, however, since problematic behaviors can appear along the way, those changes may increase or decrease with time, training and exposure to different stimuli.
Appointment is scheduled after completion of application and consultation.
OAT - Level I
Duration: 8 weeks
Beginning with basic skills and positioning, this class will provide the foundation for all subsequent classes. Clients will learn how to properly socialize your dog in training, how to deal with fear issues, how to keep a training log, preparatory training for retrieving objects and foundational behaviors for service dogs. Concepts of how dogs learn, introduction of the 3-D's of training, and why postivie reward works. You will learn how to teach your dog to:
Pay attention in all sorts of places
Walk without pulling on the leash
Heel into position
Come when called
Beginning accompanied outings
and much more...
OAT - Level II
Duration: 8 weeks
This module will focus on more intermediate commands and behaviors, including beginning retrieving of objects, increase the criteria of our foundation behaviors accompanied outing increasing difficulty, review of access laws both state and federal, and completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation. You will learn how to teach your dog to:
Stay with distractions and distance
Lie under a table or under your legs
Basic retrieval of objects
OAT - Level III
Cost: Skills dependent
Duration: 16 to 24 weeks
This module is customized for each individual and will focus on specific commands and skills depending on the person's disability. It will include advanced obedience, skills training, the AKC Urban Canines Good Citizen evaluation, and accompanied and unaccompanied outings.
Package 1: Designed for individuals with post-traumatic stress, panic and anxiety disorders
Duration: 16 weeks
Package 2: Designed for individuals with minor balance and mobility issues that could include the use of a cane
Duration: 16 weeks
Package 3: Designed for individuals with advanced mobility issues using a manual or power wheelchair
Duration: 24 weeks
OAT Level IV
This is a scheduled assessment of skills and public access with the person and their dog. Successful results will provide the person and their dog with a certification letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation, service dog identification card, and vest for the dog. This assessment must be completed within 60 days of completing OAT-Level III. This level is only offered to individuals completing the Owner Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC.
Cost: First 4 included in fees; $50 per consultation thereafter
Consultation with a trainer by telephone. Up to four (4) follow-ups in the first 2 months after completion of successful certification after which a fee of $50 per consultation will be charged. Consultation is for up to one-hour each call. Calls are scheduled.
OAT Private Training Session
This is a one-hour scheduled training session with a trainer to problem-solve or teach a new skill.
OAT Bi-Annual Renewal Assessment
This is a scheduled assessment of skills and public access with the person and their dog. Successful results will provide the person and their dog with a certification renewal letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation and updated service dog identification. This is a mandatory assessment of any Owner Assisted Service Dog Team that completed the Owner Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC.