Question I get at LEAST once a week:
“Do your courses for service dog training provide ADI (assistance dogs international) certification once completed?”
Actually, there is no such thing as “certification.”
In the United States, what makes a service dog legal is:
- You, the human, have a disability and need the dog to assist you with that disability. (NOTE: the ADA laws are for humans)
- 120 hours of documented specialized training over a period of no less than six months (NOTE: this could still be owner-trainer documentation),
- a video of the dog and handler passing the Public Access Test,
- a video of the dog doing three trained tasks, in public, that mitigate the person’s disability.
The first class in our Service Dog series is the foundation work, Basics. The second class, Core Elements, goes through the skills needed, and at the end, the assignment is to make a video of the person and dog passing the Public Access Test. During these courses you will be required to document EVERYTHING in both a journal and by video. The next two classes are about training and assembling tasks.
Our Instructor’s organization is able to issue a service dog id card to dogs who have successfully completely the Core Elements course. She can do this because the last assignment is to apply for and pass the Public Access Test (PAT). You will be required to produce a video of you and your dog passing the PAT as an assignment. The Core Elements course will also require you to, as homework assignments, do the documentation of 120 hours of specialized training over a period of no less than six months. Homework in this course will also require you to hand in 3 videos of you adn your dog, in public, doing three trained tasks that mitigate the person’s disability.
In other words, when you have successfully and fully completed our program, you will be able to legally take your dog into public to assist you with your needs as you have met all of the requirements (except the requirement that the human with a disability).
Link to courses: Service Dog Trainer
Yes, this program is for anyone, beginner, novice, professional.