This workshop will cover:
An introduction to working with people suffering from mental health difficulties
Diagnoses, symptoms, treatments and how these can affect you as a dog trainer.
Boundaries, safeguarding and lone working
Why these are so important with assistance dog work.
What makes a MHAD special?
Why is a MHAD different to another type of AD?
Choosing a suitable MHAD
Proven methods for sourcing and picking out dogs that may be more suited to becoming MHADs.
How to recognise, strengthen and support the essential bond between client and dog
Why this bond is so vital and how to make it the best it can be.
Training timetable for an MHAD (setting expectations)
How long does it take to train a dog for this type of work and what can you and your client expect?
Basic tasks to teach all MHAD and how to personalise them to individual clients
Learn the 3 basic tasks all MHAD dogs can use and how to personalise them to your particular partnership. Including recognising your dog’s strengths and preferences for training purposes.
Scent alerting and the part it plays in MHAD work
Investigating how much we can realistically train for and rely upon alerting via scent.
Public Access Test and qualifications
What do you need to do to make a dog into a legitimate assistance dog with public access rights? Discussing auxiliary aids and mitigating disabilities.
26 PLACES AVAILABLE ONLY – plus the opportunity for 6 delegate dogs to take part on a first come first serve basis
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop does not lead to a MHAD qualification. However a CPD attendance certificate will be emailed after the workshop.