Pawsitivity Service Dogs for Veterans has a four-stage training program for rescue dogs. Each stage is critical to the development of a well-behaved and obedient service dog.
- Stage 1: Medical Exam and Assessment: The first stage of training begins with a thorough medical exam by a veterinarian. This exam ensures that the dog is healthy and free of any conditions that could interfere with training. The veterinarian will also assess the dog's temperament and personality to determine if they are a good fit for the service dog program.
- Stage 2: Basic Obedience Training: The second stage of training focuses on basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. The dog is also taught to walk nicely on a leash and to ignore distractions. This stage of training is essential for ensuring that the dog is well-behaved and under control in all situations. Our training methods are based on positive reinforcement, which is the same method used by the U.S. Army working dog program and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
- Stage 3: Public Access Training: The third stage of training focuses on public access skills. This includes teaching the dog how to behave in different environments such as grocery stores, malls, and public transportation. The dog is also taught how to deal with different types of people and animals. This stage of training is essential for ensuring that the dog is able to function safely and independently in public.
- Stage 4: Placement: The fourth and final stage of training involves placing the dog with a person who needs a service dog. The dog is then trained to perform specific tasks that will help the veteran with their disability. This stage of training is essential for ensuring that the dog is able to provide the veteran with the level of support they need.
- After Graduation: After graduation, Pawsitivity provides lifetime support for the service dog team. This includes providing training updates, resources, and support groups. Pawsitivity Service Dogs for Veterans is committed to ensuring that every veteran who receives a service dog from their program has the tools and support they need to live a full and independent life.
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