The Essential Service Dog Task
It’s not just the retrieve itself that is important for service work but its components: take, carry, hold, and give, are foundation skills for many critical service dog tasks. This course will teach you how to train a dog to retrieve items of various shapes, sizes and materials. You’ll learn how to train advanced behaviors including retrieving items on counters, retrieving bottles without knocking them over and even transferring items from one person to another. Whether you want to teach a dog to enthusiastically pick up metal and other unusual materials, address a dog’s chewing of retrieved objects or build a reliable, long-duration hold, this on-demand course is an invaluable resource.
“The retrieve is a seemingly simple task that is deceptively difficult to train. The Cooperative Paws retrieve course does an excellent job of breaking it down — with valuable troubleshooting throughout. This course is a must for anyone interested in training a retrieve for service work or any reason.”
Nancy Liebhauser CPDT-KA, CTDI
Who this Course is For
This course was designed for professional dog trainers who have experience using clicker training.
What You Will Learn
You will learn about the components of the retrieve and the step-by-step training process to train each of these components. You will understand how the retrieve components serve as foundation behaviors for other service dog tasks.
You will learn troubleshooting strategies to address different training challenges encountered when training the retrieve including chewing of retrieved objects, difficulty building duration with the hold, how to work with items made of materials like metal that are difficult for many dogs to hold. You also will learn how to train dogs to perform complex, advanced retrieves, how to generalize the retrieve skill and much, much more!
“Make no mistake, training a service dog retrieve is a challenging task. Veronica’s course will give you a step up if you are just getting started or help you move forward if you are having difficulties. The structure of the course is great, clear instructions, video demonstrations and includes additional supporting materials.”
How You Will Learn
This online course includes a combination of video demonstrations and lectures as well as written material. While this course can be completed in about four hours, you have access to it for 90 days so you can review the content at your leisure.
- Tuition – $145
- Course length – Approximately 4 hours. Students have access to the course for 90 days.
- CCPDT (trainers): 4
- IAABC and KPA: 3