Here are some basic skills that an assistance dog needs when the handler uses a wheelchair;front position,swinging to right and left, around,following in aisles and through doorways, backing up, loose leash walking, tight spaces.
Note that adding training with the chair added a whole new dimension to the training and took awhile to get used to for both dog and handler.
Start with stationary skills & tasks, then as your dog becomes more comfortable with the chair, start with the skills and task that require movement.
Training began in a familiar environment, then as dog was successful, taken to other less familiar locations, then with increasing distractions.
The addition of the leash when working in public places took some time to learn how to coordinate it, the chair, the treats and clicker. An 8 foot leash that can be easily shortened may be need for going through some heavy doors.
If the person with the disability is unable to train the basic skills (due to physical disability), an assistant can train the dog first to verbal cue (or eye cue) before transitioning the dog to the handler.
Thank you to Central Drugs, Nanaimo for lending us the wheelchair and allowing us to film in thier store. Wonderful community support!
Learn more on how to train your own service dog: http://servicedogtraininginstitute.ca
Book a Skype or FaceTime session to have all your questions about service dogs and training them answered. http://servicedogtraininginstitute.ca/skype-consultation
Help us caption & translate this video!
123 Likes, 1 Dislikes, 21927 Views, 18 Comments
|Dog Clicker Training|
|Loose Leash Walking|
|Dog Agility Training|
|Teach Dogs Not To Bark|
|Teach Dogs Not To Bite|
|Teach Dogs To Sit|
|Dog Recall Training|
|Dog Pulling on Leash|
|Dog Dental Health|
|Police & Military Dogs|