Training Assistance Dogs
In our previous blog, we have looked at how amazing assistance dogs can be. These specially trained animals can help people with all kinds of disabilities and illnesses, from blindness and epilepsy to deafness and autism. These assistance dogs are a lifeline to their owners, helping them to get out and enjoy life independently, instead of having to reply on other people to help them.
The best of the basics
Naturally, assistance dogs need specialist dog training, but they also need the highest levels of dog behaviour and obedience too. While there are some owners who might enjoy having a dog with ‘lots of personality’ that can be a bit of a handful, an assistance dog must have the calmest of temperaments and lots of patience.
They must also be trained to be immaculately behaved in public, especially since assistance dogs are often allowed into places where other dogs are prohibited. They must be good around people, not only their owner, who relies on their help, but also their friends, family and even strangers in the street, and they must not get distracted from their important work by anything, even a passing cat!
Of course, an assistance dog can still be lots of fun, and be as loving and loyal a companion as any other pet. However, it is essential that they know the time and the place for fun, and are totally dependable at all other times.
At A&T Trained Dogs, all our specialist dogs go through the same high standards of basic dog behaviour and obedience training as our family protection dogs and our perfect pets, to produce well balanced, thoroughly obedient animals.
Expert dog training
Only once we have established an excellent relationship with our assistance dogs, can their very specific and specialist training begin. Our team of trainers, led by Alan Filjak, have years of experience in training assistance dogs for all kinds of roles. We make sure they can do everything that is required of them, not only at our bespoke dog training facility in Lancaster, but also out in the real world, with all its distractions.
Training the owners too
One of the most important parts of specialist dog training is to work with the new owner. They need to be trained in how to get the best from their assistance dog, including what commands to use, how to read their dog’s guidance and how to respond to the dog. This helps to create a powerful partnership based on mutual trust, which is essential if you are going to ask them to hand over responsibility for their sight or hearing to another creature.
At A&T Trained Dogs, we’re proud of the work we do training dogs. Over 7,000 people in the UK rely on their special friends to help them with the kind of tasks that we all take for granted, and we are delighted to play our part in making their lives richer and more fulfilling.