OAT Classes and Fees
Application and Consultation
Before beginning our classes, each person must apply and participate in a consultation with a staff member of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC. The person must have a documented disability as defined by the American with Disability Act Title II regulations (ADA) ().
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.
Prior to 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.
OAT Level 1
Duration 8 Weeks
Beginning with basic skills and positioning, this class will provide the foundation for all subsequent classes. Participants will learn how to properly socialize your service 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, and completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation.
OAT Level 2
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 (with Four Paws Trainer) and unaccompanied (without Four Paws Trainer) outings of increasing difficulty, and review of access laws both state and federal.
OAT Level 3
Cost $1,800 to $2,400
Duration 16 to 24 Weeks
This module is customized for each individual and will focus on more 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.
Package 2- Designed for individuals with basic balance and mobility issues that could include the use of a cane.
Package 3 - Designed for individuals with advanced mobility issues using a manual or power wheelchair
Service Dog 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 letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation, service dog identification card, and vest for the dog. This level is only offered to individuals completing the Owner Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC
Consultation with a trainer by telephone. Up to 4 follow-ups in the first 2 months after completion of successful certification after which a fee of $50 per consultation will be charged.
OAT Private Training Session
Cost $100 per hour
This is a one-hour scheduled training session for clients with a trainer to problem-solve or teach a new skill.
OAT Bi-Annual Service Dog 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.
OAT Important Information
It takes time, patience, and repetition to train a service dog.
Each Owner Assisted Training team is expected to train apart from the scheduled class time. If you do not work with your dog, it shows, and the dog will not progress in its’ level of training.
The best way to practice training is to include training in your everyday life. For example, when getting ready in the morning, ask the dog to sit and down three times. Repeat again at different times throughout the day.
A parent or partner may assist with the training at no additional cost.
Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC believes the handler of the dog must be the person with the disability.
Not every dog is cut-out for the job. Some dogs that begin training will not complete the Owner Assisted Training.
Additional costs to the owner will include liability insurance, equipment, and various levels of dog treats for the dog, and meals when on some accompanied outings.
Training fees are non-refundable.
Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC reserves the right to not accept an applicant and/or the dog presented for training.
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