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Are you getting calls from clients asking for help training their own service dog? Are you wondering whether to take these cases or refer them out? Working with service dog owner-trainers can be both challenging and rewarding. From the initial inquiry, to consults, lessons, and a long-term training relationship, working with service dog owner trainers (OTs) can have significant differences from working with pet dog clients. Quite apart from dog-training expertise, OT cases may require us to navigate tricky legal, business, human health, psychological, and community considerations. Pet dog trainers may find this work rewarding, challenging, overwhelming, confusing, or distasteful. Trainers who take on service dog clients without adequate preparation may cause unintentional psychological or physical harm to the client team or damage to their business. This presentation will address some of these differences and help you decide whether this work appeals to you.
Sponsor:E-Training for Dogs, Inc
Speaker(s):Sharon Wachsler, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP and Barbara Handelman, M.Ed., LCMHC, CDBC
Contact: Cheryl Lynne Aguiar