Assistance Dog Specialist Program

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Join Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Danielle Beck as she takes you on a journey through the fascinating world of Assistance Dogs. 

Program Overview

This Assistance Dog Specialist Program will equip you with the necessary skills to be able to confidently and competently teach your own dog or your clients dogs the power of Assistance Dogs.


In order to pass this Specialist Program, you will need to complete all the lessons, tasks and pass the Final Assessment. Upon successful completion, you will be recognised as a DTC Assistance Dog Specialist and will receive a printed certificate in the post. You will also be able to use a digital Assistance Dog Specialist digital badge. 


This Specialist Program comprises of 33 lessons, including practical demonstrations and a Final Assessment.

Module 1 - What is an assistance dog?

  • What is an assistance dog?
  • What makes an assistance dog?
  • Types of assistance dogs and their work
  • Organisation or owner trained?
  • What makes an assistance dog trainer?

Module Two - Assistance dogs and the law

  • Dangerous Dogs Act
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Disability Discrimination Act
  • How this translates into reality

Module Three - Choosing and raising an assistance dog

  • Choosing an assistance dog
  • When to start training
  • Equipment for assistance dogs

Module Four - Health and welfare

  • Physical health and welfare
  • Emotional health and welfare
  • Handler health and welfare
  • Canine body language & handling stress

Module 5 - Supporting the handler

  • Types of disabilities
  • Training skills
  • Building the handler/AD relationship

Module 6 - Life skills in practice

  • Skills needed in public #1
  • Skills needed in public #2
  • Skills needed in public #3

Module 7 - Life skills in practice

  • Teaching “Paw Target”
  • Teaching “Retrieve” to “Door Pull”
  • Teaching “Impulse Control”
  • Teaching “Pattern Games”
  • Advancing “Mousey Mousey” (frustration tolerance)
  • Demonstrating “Deep Pressure Therapy”
  • Teaching “Paws Up”
  • Teaching “Responding to an alarm”
  • Teaching “Stop”
  • Teaching “Medical Alert”

Module 8: Conclusion

  • Conclusion
  • Final Assessment


This Specialist Program as well as other Specialist Programs are all included within our Membership.

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