- Public Access Programs -
Public Access begins when an assistance dog starts training in public places like retail stores, community buildings etc. Both of you need a specific set of skills to do so safely and effectively. In general, that means your dog should be 12-18 months old before she starts “official” public access, not just acclimation and generalizing the pre-training training in public.
The required knowledge, skills, behaviors and approaches will be broken down into 3 programs: Confidence Games, Training in Public and The Public Access Test.
- dog is passed adolescent fear period
- dog needs to have generalized Foundation Concept Behaviors at home and in dog-friendly locations.
Pay-As-You-Go: You can purchase each program as you need them. When you sign up, you will have immediate access to all the modules contained in each program.
To start the confidence games, dogs should be past the adolescent fear period. What exact age that is will depend on your dog but is typically around 12 months for medium-sized dogs.
How long each package will take to complete will depend on which games your dog need work on, how often you can access helpers and public places to train, how fast you and your dog learn and how resilient you both are.