Assistance Dog Trainer Course

Our Assistance Dog Trainer Course is a Level 3 Diploma which covers the important topic of training dogs to provide assistance to people who have physical disabilities, impaired vision or hearing, people who suffer from seizures and those with other disabilities. These trained dogs help these people to live independently.

The course is appropriate for a wide variety of assistance dog training-related career paths and teaches students to train dogs for various assistance roles including hearing dogs for the hearing impaired, guide dogs for the visually impaired, seizure alert dogs, diabetes hypo-alert dogs and others.

The course includes an overview of the history of assistance dogs and assistance dog training from the beginning of the field to the modern assistance dog training industry and selecting the right assistance dog organisations for particular individuals. Of course, the main focus of our Assistance Dog Trainer Course is the development and training of assistance dogs, including the types of canine personalities which are best suited for training as assistance dogs.

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Module 1 - Origins of the Assistance Dog Industry

The first module of our Assistance Dog Trainer Course focuses on the origins of the Assistance Dog sector as a while and assistance dog training in particular. Here, you will learn how the assistance dog industry originated and how it has developed over the years. You will gain insight on the bond shared by humans and dogs; a bond which is closer than that between humans and any other animal. This bond shared by our two species has enabled an evolving relationship between humans and dogs where dogs have gone from being herders and guards to friends and family members and more recently, selected dogs becoming vitally important helpers to people with a variety of different disabilities.

Module 2 – Assistance Dogs Today

Module two of the Assistance Dog Trainer Course gives students an introduction to the various assistance dog programmes currently in operation in the UK. These assistance dog programmes include guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired, emotional support dogs, hearing dogs for the deaf and hearing impaired, medical detection dogs who can help physicians to diagnose cancer and other diseases and dogs who perform many other kinds of tasks to assist the disabled. Additionally, this module also teaches students about the different kinds of disabilities that may lead people to seek the help and support of trained assistance dogs, including the special needs of these people and the jobs that assistance dogs can perform to help them overcome physical and other limitations.

Module 3 – Working with Assistance Dogs

The third module of our Assistance Dog Trainer Course is concerned with the work typically performed by a trained assistance dog. The course includes an overview of the physical types and personality traits which make different dogs better suited to some kinds of assistance dog roles than others. These concepts are illustrated for students through the use of fictional case studies which demonstrate the concepts covered in the module. Also included in the module are the importance of matching an assistance dog’s personality not only to the nature of the job, but also to the personality of the disabled person who requires the services of an assistance dog.

Module 4 – Selection and Development

Module four of this Assistance Dog Trainer Course presents an in depth view of the different breeds and types of dogs which are used for different sorts of assistance dog roles. These breeds and types also include mixed breed dogs and rescue or shelter dogs and the advantages and disadvantages that each breed or type of dog brings to the table. Other topics which are covered in this module include the methods which are most commonly used to select dogs who are the best suited for the life of an assistance dog. This module also includes a discussion of the animal welfare implications and ethical considerations which may come into play in the use of dogs as assistance animals and issues related to protecting the rights of assistance dogs and addressing their own needs.

Module 5 – Assistance Dog Trainer

Module five of the Assistance Dog Trainer Course take a look at the most commonly used methods in the development and training of assistance dogs. This module includes some step by step examples of training and development methods used in the assistance dog training industry in order to show students in depth exactly how some of the most important tasks are taught to assistance dogs in training across different kinds of assistance dog roles.

Module 6 – Skills of a Trainer

The sixth and final module of our Assistance Dog Trainer Course is focused on assistance dog trainers themselves. In this module, students will learn about the skills and personal traits which make for a successful trainer of assistance dogs. The course material in this module includes some of the methods which are suggested that prospective assistance dog trainers use to develop these attributes to build success in the assistance dog training industry. Also covered in the module is information on identifying an assistance dog organisation which is the best fit for individual students. The final module concludes with a summary of the key concepts covered throughout the entire Assistance Dog Trainer Course as well as contact information for some of the UK’s most prominent assistance dog organisations.

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