|Barked: Tue Sep 18, '12 4:01am PST |
|Of course it is up to the handler to decide when to graduate. For me I chose to use both the Delta Society and IAADP minimum standards as my guide. Until then we used any pet friendly event or area to practice. Also we had a lot of help from different local business. You can do so much at a children's park, or in a shopping center's parking lot. A street fair is always a great place. Even my local Walmart management had said I could train inside on the GM side when I asked if we could work outside with shopping carts and getting used to traffic.
Because she is considered a service dog in the eyes of ADA, Delta Society, and IAADP, yet I feel that because of her age she may have more learning plateaus and adolescent brain fluffies, not to mention that I want her to have so many more experiences under her collar, I say that she is a Service Dog but On the Job Training. She has graduated high school, now she is going through college.
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