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Training During the Pandemic

I think we can all acknowledge how hard the last two years has been with Covid-19 impacting our lives on every level. Globally we are all struggling, and this has continued for much longer than many of us had expected. It truly is a trying time for us all, especially those of us working to train an assistance animal. I have had to constantly

Free yourself from the treat pouch!

I had an interesting conversation with a client in our session today and I wanted to blog post about it. I am a positive reinforcement trainer, and the primary reinforcer for dogs is usually food. I am all about using treats in training. Yet when my clients are sitting their Public Access Test, I expect them to do it without treats. I believe that

Owner training without the support of an organisation

It is perfectly legal under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth) to train your own assistance dog. It is not legally mandated that you join an organisation or hire a trainer. There is a number of case law decisions that support owner training without an organisation or trainer. There are several benefits in doing so though. It

What to consider when choosing an assistance dog organisation

Over the last decade assistance dogs have had a huge uptake in use. People are finally becoming more aware of the many different ways assistance dogs can benefit people with a disability. However, the assistance dog industry is largely unregulated. Over the last decade the options on where and how to obtain an assistance dog have become abundant.