Discussion on Owner Trainers
It has been awhile since I've posted a question to start a round table discussion so here goes ....
Currently in the U.S., there is no Federal Law against someone training their own Service Dog. Some states give individuals the right to train their own dogs while others are more restrictive.
Do you believe that individuals should continue having this right or should all training be done by "professionals" or by training organizations?
If you chose Professionals do you have any criteria you believe they should meet? Some criteria could include things like where the trainer received their training and under who? Did they have to take any tests and if so then who gave and evaluated the tests? Did they take any academic classes or classes given by instructors for professional instructors?
If you chose Training Organizations should they be strictly accredited and if so by whom?
Now remember these points -
* The more limiting in who can train then the fewer Service Dogs are going to be available. Is this a good or bad limitation?
* The more people and organizations involved at any level means costs go up. Again a possible limiting factor on the number of Service Dogs being used.
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TJ aka Theresa A. Jennings
Karl's Kids Program Inc Animal Services 2000
Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project (ADAP),
Humane Animal Education & Services (HAES),
Putnam County Emergency Animal Support/Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters
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Last edited by ILGHAUS; 01-13-2013 at 02:52 AM.