Service Dog Comic #5: Mandate

Service Dog Comic #5: Mandate
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  • Assessment of current accessibility standards
  • Currently, in Ontario, there is a regulation called the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service. One of the requirements of this is that people with disabilities are allowed to enter the public premises of organizations with their service animal.
  • Assessment of current accessibility standards cot'd
  • The IAADP and ADI set their own standards as to how much a service dog should be trained before it is able to be certified. This allows service animal users to be confident that they are getting the highest quality of assistance possible. We will talk more about the IAADP at another time.
  • Facilitate meetings with persons of visual difficulty to integrate needs
  • I am always willing to hear the ideas of others. If anyone has something that they want their service dog trained to do, the dog will strive to learn it as it is eager to please. If you have any questions about training, the ADI website will help match you to an appropriate trainer in your area.
  • Document steps towards achieving new goals
  • An assistance dog can make the life of a person with disabilities much easier and allow them to live more independently. To successfully train your dog to be a service dog, a lot of time each day has to be spent on training.
  • Document steps towards achieving new goals cot'd
  • Some of the steps towards training a service dog include: -Make sure your dog is qualified (is social, calm, alert, and follows you around). -Develop the dog's socialization skills (so it is used to being around others and is not overly excited or stressed when around strangers). -Train basic commands (sit, stay, come, etc.). -Work on public access skills only after the basic commands have been mastered. *Seek help from a professional trainer along the way*
  • Implement integration of current pets and accessible tools
  • Because obtaining service dogs from organizations can be very pricey (upwards of $25,000), many people opt to train their own dogs at home. However, this is a hard task to accomplish and not everyone gets it right. It is recommended that you consult a professional if you want to go down this route.
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