Owner TrainedAssistance Dogs Programme
HOW TO BECOME AMEMBER OF ADOLESCENT DOGS ASSISTANCE DOG PROGRAMME
Thank you forshowing an interest in Adolescent Dogs, we hope that this document will helpyou decide if you and your dog are suitable to be an Adolescent Dogs team intraining and explain a little about what to expect throughout the applicationprocess and if successful a member of Adolescent Dogs
· Firstly,we require you to complete our application form. You can sign up via our website and get started right away, but the following documents will need to be provided before you can take any assessments:
o Doctors’note completed by your GP or Primary Healthcare Specialist detailing your disability and the fact they consider that a dog would support your condition
o Aletter signed by your vet including surgery stamp and contact details, toconfirm that your dog is free from pain and disease, is fit to train and work and would be suitable as an assistance dog
o Asigned statement from you that your dog is not human or dog aggressive, if itis later found that your dog has any aggression issues your membership will beat risk and any need for a behaviourist must be paid for by yourself. We may ask for a behaviourist report atanytime if we become worried about any behaviour your dog is showing, refusalto provide such reports will be grounds for termination of membership.
PLEASENOTE ADOLESCENT DOGS WILL NOT PAY FOR ANY CHARGES INCURRED FOR YOU TO PRODUCETHESE DOCCUMENTS.
· Oncewe have received your application with all the above-mentioned documentationyour application will be reviewed, and you will be contacted to let you knowwhether you have been successful for the first stage of the applicationprocess.
· Onceyou have received notification from us that you have been successful, you willbe invited to join our Online Academy, and will be eligible to apply to attendassessments. Your dog will need to pass the initial temperament test beforebeing eligible to move onto Bronze. The Puppy, Bronze and Silver assessments can be taken by video submission. Gold and Access Tests must be taken in person. Each assessment costs £95 and takes place in Guildford, Surrey. Yearly Access Test assessments are required to maintain membership after successfully passing anaccess test. If your dog should fail their temperament test, then you will notbe able to take further assessments until a temperament test is passed.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’M ACCEPTED AS A MEMBER?
· CONGRATULATIONS!You will now be offered a place to train with Adolescent Dogs and become partof our successful and ever-growing family.
· Youwill be required to pay either weekly, monthly or annual membership and this isongoing even after you pass your tests.
· Onceyou have signed up and paid your first membership fee, you’ll gain instantaccess to the Online Academy so that you can begin working through the trainingcriteria.
· Youwill be expected to keep weekly training logs, and share videos of trainingprogress via the academy for remote support and guidance. You will need to keepcopies of training logs in case you ever need to show proof of training.
You will be allowed to use our customised Assistance Dog in Training Jacket once you are a member. The Assistance Dog jacket is only available to those who have passed their Access Test. Only members may use the Assistance Jackets on their dog
TO QUALIFY YOUR ASSISTANCE DOGWITH ADOLESCENT DOGS?
· Youwill be required to pass 6 assessments: Temperament Test, Puppy, Bronze, Silver, Gold,and then a final Access Test. Puppy to Silver can be submitted online via video submission for free. Gold to Access cost £95 per assessment.You can find the criteria for assessments in the FILES section on the FacebookSupport Group.
· Yourdog must be over 18 months old to take the Public Access Test and have been training for at least 12 months with Training Logs as proof.
· Youmust have been a member of ADOLESCENT DOGS for a minimum of 6 months
· Youmust have logged a minimum of 80 hours combined obedience and socialisationtraining
· Youmust have logged a minimum of 30 hours public access training
· Youmust have trained your mitigating tasks and be able to demonstrate them ordeliver proof of them by video via email, if it is not a task you candemonstrate in public, (such as waking from night terrors, or alerting to acondition that may not require intervention during your Public accessassessment)
· Youmust agree to your public access test being recorded on video. These videoswill not be shared or used as promotional material unless we seek your directpermission in the future
· Youmust take the Public Access Test once a year to ensure the training is kept upto date and the high standards maintained.
I accept full responsiblity if my dog causes harm or damage to themselves or someone else during my training with Adolescent Dogs. I understand that training with Adolescent Dogs is Owner Trained Assistance Dog Training and is not associated with ADI or any other organisation.