One of my biggest challenges when talking to potential clients about Canine Comprehension and Literacy Programs is explaining the high training expectations of our dogs. When I mention that Minnie and Oscar assist me in teaching by making the learning experience positive and fun many people think about their own little dog in such a situation - running around, yapping and jumping on children. How can that improve the learning experience?
Minnie and Oscar have both completed the Lead the Way Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) course, which has very high expectations on what AAT dog should be able to do.
Once a dog is calm and listens to their handler in any environment, under any distraction, their behaviour is able to be shaped to improve the learning experience.
The following is a list of some of the things Minnie and Oscar had to be able to do to pass the course.
Now be honest, could your dog do this?
Leadership Standards (all under distraction):
Manners Standards (all under distraction)
The below is a video showing Minnie and Oscar in the city demonstrating many of the same exercises mentioned above. The distraction part was easy, trains, noises and large crowds of the city mean that Minnie and Oscar needed to refer back to their training and listen to their handler to stay calm, have fun and enjoy the day out.
If you would like to discuss further how Minnie and Oscar can be used to improve a positive learning environment, please contact us - you now know they can handle the distraction.
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