All K9PAD Service Dogs and their handlers are required to undergo Team Training. This is where clients learn how to handle and care for a K9PAD Service Dog. All programs have different requirements. It's important for clients to understand the commitment required and choose a program that suits their needs.
As every program will have different Team Training requirements, it is important to ensure that the program you choose is a good fit for you and your needs. Some programs hold 2-3 week training programs where the client is with the staff for most of the day. Unfortunately, we do not have a permanent facility where we are able to do this. Some of our clients and volunteers prefer our setup as they are able to learn at a slower pace and form a stronger bond with their new partner before graduation.
If you are paired with a K9PAD Service Dog, some of the requirements that you will be responsible for are as follows:
Once you are matched with a K9PAD Service Dog, a client will begin attending lessons. Within the first couple of weeks, the client will have a few sleepovers where they focus on bonding with their Service Dog.
For the first 6 months post-graduation, clients will attend a few lessons per month. The first few months of having a Service Dog requires alot of hard work and dedication. Our goal is that through the post-graduation training classes, our clients will have the confidence they require to work effectively with their new partner.
All K9PAD Service Dog Teams are required to upkeep an annual membership at a small fee. Teams are required to attend 6 training lessons per year and recertify annually. Clients have access to our Instructors and Trainers for when they require assistance. Teams are also responsible to keeping K9PAD up to date on all veterinary visits. Teams are required to submit monthly reports to ensure that the Team is working effectively and is without issues. If issues arise, our Training staff is there to support our clients.