OAT Modules and Fees
We understand the vast needs of many people living with disabilities. The Owner-Assisted Training program is not able to serve individuals who are non-verbal, that require a full-time caregiver or that cannot gain independence from the use of a service dog.
Before beginning our classes, each person must apply to Four Paws and a Wake Up. Application fee is due at the time application is made.
The person must have a documented disability as defined by the American with Disability Act Title II regulations (ADA) (https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.pdf).
This is a 6-week required class to ensure all dogs have at least basic obedience which includes: sit, down, walk on loose leash, leave-it and come when called.
Basic obedience fee is due at the time application is made and is combined with the application fee.
The class will be once per week.
OAT Level 1
Building on basic obedience skills, this class will focus on positioning, commands and foundational skills needed for service dog work, and beginning outings. It is required for all participants.
Participants will learn how to properly socialize their dog in training, how to deal with fear issues, how to keep a training log, preparatory training skills for retrieving objects and foundational behaviors for service dogs, accompanied outings and completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation.
If successful, at the conclusion of this level, a team will receive an identification for their dog and a service dog in training vest.
OAT Level 2
This module will focus on intermediate commands, behaviors, and skills including simple retrieval of objects, increase the criteria of our foundation behaviors accompanied (with Four Paws Trainer) and unaccompanied (without Four Paws Trainer) outings of increasing difficulty, and review of access laws both state and federal. Outings will be including dining out at a casual restaurant, and a short grocery shopping experience.
This level is required for all participants.
OAT Level 3
Fee: $1,500 to $2,400
This module is customized for each individual and will focus on more specific commands and skills depending on the person's disability. It will include advanced obedience, skills training, accompanied and unaccompanied outings. An evaluation of commands and skills, the AKC Urban Canines Good Citizen evaluation and a Public Access Test will conclude the training.
Package 1- Designed for individuals with post-traumatic stress, panic, and anxiety disorders.
Package 2- Designed for individuals with basic balance, mobility, and back issues that could include the use of a cane or harnessed dog.
Package 3 - Designed for individuals with advanced mobility issues using a manual or power wheelchair.
Service Dog Assessment
Included in Curriculum fees
This is a scheduled assessment of skills and public access with the person and their dog. Successful results will provide the person and their dog with a certification letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation, a service dog identification card, and a service dog tag for the vest
This level is only offered to individuals completing the Owner-Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up.
Consultation with a trainer by telephone. Up to 4 follow-ups in the first 2 months after completion of successful certification after which a fee of $50 per consultation will be charged.
OAT Private Training Session
Fee: $150 per hour
This is a one-hour scheduled training session for clients with a trainer to problem-solve or teach a new skill.
OAT Re-assessment: Every Other Year
This is a scheduled assessment of skills and public access with the person and their dog. Successful results will provide the person and their dog with a certification renewal letter attesting to the completion of the training and successful evaluation and updated service dog identification. This is a mandatory assessment of any Owner-Assisted Service Dog Team that completed the Owner-Assisted Training program of Four Paws and a Wake Up.
OAT Important Information
It takes time, patience, and repetition to train a service dog.
Each Owner Assisted Training team is expected to train apart from the scheduled class time. If you do not work with your dog, it shows, and the dog will not progress in its’ level of training.
The best way to practice training is to include training in your everyday life. For example, when getting ready in the morning, ask the dog to sit and down three times. Repeat again at different times throughout the day.
A parent or partner may assist with the training at no additional cost.
Four Paws and a Wake Up believes the handler of the dog must be the person with the disability.
Not every dog is cut out for the job. Some dogs that begin training will not complete the Owner Assisted Training.
Additional costs to the owner will include liability insurance, equipment, various levels of dog treats for the dog, and meals when on some accompanied outings.
Training fees are non-refundable.
Four Paws and a Wake Up reserves the right to not accept an applicant and/or the dog presented for training.
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