Training Hearing Alerts, Scent Alerts & Response Tasks
Examine the process for training hearing alerts, scent alerts, getting help from a caregiver, retrieving medication and more. The tasks explored in this course are commonly needed for service dogs helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people with diabetes, and people with epilepsy. This detailed course includes training demonstrations, troubleshooting strategies, and a review of the research on scent alert training.
“The Alert and Response Service Dog course is a great resource for trainers who coach their service dog clients. As with all of Veronica’s courses, there is a consistent format, notes, videos, and additional resources that reflects her expertise. I highly recommend this course, and other courses that Veronica offers, to trainers working in the service dog training industry.”
Alison Patrolia CVT, SDC, Elite Fear Free Professional, Licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, Hub City Service Dogs
Who this Course is For
This is course is for professional dog trainers who have experience using clicker training. The tasks in this course require advanced technical training skills. Some of the tasks in this course build upon component behaviors from a service dog retrieve.
“Objective and enlightening! The wealth of knowledge gained is invaluable.”
Ginger Hetrick CCDT, SDC, Pawsitively Obedient
What You Will Learn
You will take an in-depth look at the training process for teaching alert and response tasks. Video presentations include demonstrations of training techniques, troubleshooting, and strategies to generalize skills.
- Selecting and training an alert behavior
- Training hearing alerts
- One way alert – dog alerts owner to a sound
- Two way alert – dog alerts to a sound and leads owner to sound source
- Scent alert (diabetic alert, seizure alert)
- Training a scent alert
- Generalizing to real world contexts
- Training response tasks
- retrieving medication
- retrieving an emergency phone
- getting help from a caregiver
- lying down next to the handler in response to fall/seizure
- Detailed course outline
“I enjoyed the content and learned a lot. It’s easy to understand and to follow. I like how you cover a lot of different types of responses, alerts and their training steps as well as giving the reasons for why not to train some tasks.”
Yuching Desch CPDT-KA, CTDI, CNWI, SDC, K9 Learning
How You Will Learn
You will watch video presentations, training demonstrations and read course materials. This course also includes links and supporting materials. While this course can be completed in a few afternoons, you will have access to it for a full 90 days. Handouts are provided in PDF so you can download them for your personal use.
- Tuition – $185
- Course length – Approximately 4-5 hours. Students have access to the course for 90 days.
- CPDT – 4
- KPA – 4
- IAABC – 3.5