Assistance Dog Services

 

I can help you achieve a few different types of certification for your dog.

 

CERTIFICATION

CERTIFICATIONS

Pet Dog Ambassador CERTIFICATION


Certification is not only for the working dog. We all gain a little bit of pride when something we, a family member, or friend, has done is recognised by others.  How many of us have Certificates that our children have gained,  at school or for a sporting event, proudly displayed on our fridge?  I feel that same pride when my dog has achievements. The Pet Dog Ambassador program gives you and your dog recognition for the training you do so you can live together in a harmonious family atmosphere. It is very different from traditional obedience training in that it teaches you and your dog skills for everyday life with a family.    Each of the levels increases in difficulty and is rewarded with its own certificate.   I offer this program as both trainer and assessor.

 

Assistance and Detection Dog Certification

 

Firstly, I want to make clear that you will be certified by Assistance Dog Services, not the government. My clients are currently fully protected under the federal Disability Discrimination Act, 1992. I am working towards Queensland government recognition under the Guide Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act, 2009.

 

If I receive that recognition, my clients will be protected under both acts. The only change for my clients, once I am approved for recognition, will be the ID card issued at certification. The reason for this is that my program is already compliant with the requirements of the Qld Act.

 

As an owner trainer, and for myself as your certifying entity, it is crucial that we can show proof that your dog is trained to an exacting standard. When an assistance dog team is working in public, its reputation, as well as the reputation of its trainer and certifier, is on the line. For this reason I require my clients to complete certain qualifications as part of my program, before I am able to certify them. My standards for training and certification are based on standards set by Assistance Dogs International and the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners.

 

I offer two programs, Certification Only, and Full Training and Certification. Both of these programs require clients to pass all levels of the Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) program, as well as a task test, a Public Access Test (PAT) and, if you are undertaking detection work, the ODOR standards test.

ASSISTANCE AND DETECTION CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

 

Certification Only Program STEPS

Application – complete the application form, and return it with application fee.

 

Initial Assessment – After your application is approved I will conduct a face to face assessment of you and your dog, and a meeting with your trainer if you are using one.

 

In Training ID and coat or patches – Once you have passed the first PDA test you will be issued with photo ID, and your coat or patches.

 

Training Diary – It is recommended that you keep a training diary as evidence of ongoing training, and for to use as a diagnostic tool.

 

Training – Your ongoing training will be done by you and your chosen trainer, if you are using one. We will be in contact regularly and you, or your trainer, will be advised of the standards required to pass each level.

 

PDA – Pet Dog Ambassador test. As you pass each level of the Pet Dog Ambassador program you will receive a certificate. The length of time between each test is dependant on you and your dog, you will need to satisfactorily demonstrate the skills required in order to pass each level.

 

PDA, Task Assessment and Public Access Test – The final test for certification.

 

ID Card – Once you have passed your final Pet Dog Ambassador test, Task Assessment, and Public Access Test, you will be issued with a new photo ID.

 

Full Program steps

Application – complete the application form, and return it with application fee.

 

Initial Assessment – After application your application is approved, I will conduct a face to face assessment of you and your dog.

 

In Training ID and coat or patches – Once you have passed the first PDA test you will be issued with photo ID, and your coat or patches.

 

Training Diary – You will be required to keep a training diary as evidence of ongoing training, and for use as a diagnostic tool.

 

Training – Two sessions per week are required, one in person and one via video link, or two via video link, depending on distance.

 

PDA – Pet Dog Ambassador test. As you pass each level of the Pet Dog Ambassador program you will receive a certificate. The length of time between each test is dependant on you and your dog. You will need to demonstrate the skills required to pass each level, before progressing to the next. Remember, slow is fast in dog training.

 

Training and PDA – Depending on the age of your dog when you start, there can be up to 3 more rounds of training and PDA assessment required for certification.

 

PDA, Task Assessment, PAT, ODOR – The final test for certification.

 

ID Card – Once you have passed your final Pet Dog Ambassador test, Task Assessment, Public Access Test and, if required ODOR certification you will be issued with a new photo ID.

 

 

Ongoing Certification

Ongoing certification is the same for every program. Every year you will be required to complete a Public Access Test, Task Assessment and ODOR assessment (if applicable). Every second year, you will also be required to complete the test for the final level of Pet Dog Ambassador, in order to maintain your certification. This will be done at the same time as your PAT.

 

FEES

Please contact me for fee structure.