* Basic, Advanced and Public Access Obedience * Individual task training for medical support * Individual task training for mobility, stability and assistance * Odor detection and alert in the service and medical world
Group Obedience Classes
per 8 week class
Our group classes meet twice a week with a public outing once or twice a month. You can come for both meetings or just one each week.
Once a month is education day which is required. We cover such topics as service dog law, health and nutrition for your service dog, grooming and general care, etc.
When necessary due to financial restrictions, group classes can be paid for on a monthly basis of $100 per month.
We have found that straight board and train does not work, especially not for service dogs. However, board and train does work if it in alternated with time at home building the relationship and teaching the dog that what is learned with the trainer applies at home.
This type of board and train is especially necessary for puppies under 6 months of age and of course they would then need private lessons later until they are 18 months and can be certified.
You and your dog come to training once a week for a couple of hours between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm at Play Your Way in Tucson, AZ. Private lessons and day training are also available.
The first 2 months training (8 week class) is to see if the dog has the interest, willingness and aptitude for the work, then another 4 months (2 more 8 week classes) to hone all the skills learned and really commit to the work.
For those who would like to fast track through the process, private lessons are available 2 to 3 times per week. Board and train is set up in 2 week increments so that you have time with your dog to bond and learn. You are a team with your dog, just like a Therapy Dog Team.
You the owner must be commited. Be sure that you are on board with this and can make your training class as scheduled. There will be no exceptions other then severe illness or accident.
Service dog teams are a partnership. There are many things the human end of the leash must learn as well as what the dog learns.
No prior training is required at all. The dog has to be medium to high energy, VERY willing and motivated to work for food and able to handle a lot of repetition. If the dog is crate trained that is a definite plus, so that they can wait in a crate during breaks. The dog must know Leave It, and have enough self control that he can pay attention to the learning process and not the other dogs.
We will favour certain breeds and breed mixes.
We adhere to current hospital standards and good laboratory practice in handling of the biologicals. The biologicals are secured inside metal baskets when not in use and all care is given to the scent preparation process so that there is no contact with the dogs’ noses. The owners will be asked to sign a waiver saying that they understand any potential risk involved.