Adolescent Dogs Assistance Dogs Membership

Adolescent Dogs



Owner Trained
Assistance Dogs Programme



APPLICATION CRITERIA



HOW TO BECOME A
MEMBER OF ADOLESCENT DOGS ASSISTANCE DOG PROGRAMME



 



Thank you for
showing an interest in Adolescent Dogs, we hope that this document will help
you decide if you and your dog are suitable to be an Adolescent Dogs team in
training and explain a little about what to expect throughout the application
process and if successful a member of Adolescent Dogs



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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  
A
letter signed by your vet including surgery stamp and contact details, to
confirm that your dog is free from pain and disease, is fit to train and work and would be suitable as an assistance dog



o  
A
signed statement from you that your dog is not human or dog aggressive, if it
is later found that your dog has any aggression issues your membership will be
at risk and any need for a behaviourist must be paid for by yourself.  We may ask for a behaviourist report at
anytime if we become worried about any behaviour your dog is showing, refusal
to provide such reports will be grounds for termination of membership.



 



PLEASE
NOTE ADOLESCENT DOGS WILL NOT PAY FOR ANY CHARGES INCURRED FOR YOU TO PRODUCE
THESE DOCCUMENTS.



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Once
we have received your application with all the above-mentioned documentation
your application will be reviewed, and you will be contacted to let you know
whether you have been successful for the first stage of the application
process.



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Once
you have received notification from us that you have been successful, you will
be invited to join our Online Academy, and will be eligible to apply to attend
assessments. Your dog will need to pass the initial temperament test before
being 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 an
access test. If your dog should fail their temperament test, then you will not
be able to take further assessments until a temperament test is passed.






WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’M ACCEPTED AS A MEMBER?



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CONGRATULATIONS!
You will now be offered a place to train with Adolescent Dogs and become part
of our successful and ever-growing family.



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You
will be required to pay either weekly, monthly or annual membership and this is
ongoing even after you pass your tests.



 



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Once
you have signed up and paid your first membership fee, you’ll gain instant
access to the Online Academy so that you can begin working through the training
criteria.



 



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You
will be expected to keep weekly training logs, and share videos of training
progress via the academy for remote support and guidance. You will need to keep
copies 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 DOG
WITH ADOLESCENT DOGS?



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You
will 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 Facebook
Support Group.



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Your
dog 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. 



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You
must have been a member of ADOLESCENT DOGS for a minimum of 6 months



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You
must have logged a minimum of 80 hours combined obedience and socialisation
training



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You
must have logged a minimum of 30 hours public access training



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You
must have trained your mitigating tasks and be able to demonstrate them or
deliver proof of them by video via email, if it is not a task you can
demonstrate in public, (such as waking from night terrors, or alerting to a
condition that may not require intervention during your Public access
assessment)



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You
must agree to your public access test being recorded on video. These videos
will not be shared or used as promotional material unless we seek your direct
permission in the future



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You
must take the Public Access Test once a year to ensure the training is kept up
to date and the high standards maintained. 

About you


About your dog's training


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.