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    Jun 08, 2023  

Service Dog Certificate

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For Canine Care and Handling Certificate Graduates, the Service Dog Program continues with advanced canine handling skills needed for service dogs.  It provides basic canine health care and focus on public interactions and laws for service dogs.  It includes specific service task training so dogs are able to fulfill service responsibilities and specialized tasks for the handler or a designated recipient.  Students pursuing the Service Dog Certificate are expected to work with one designated canine throughout the program.  American with Disabilities Act states that only a person with a recognized medical disability may have a Service Dog. 

Credit Hours Required: 24

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Service Dog Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Use positive canine training and handling skills. (AGS 190, AGS 192, AGS 195, AGS 210, AGS 211, AGS 220, AGS 221)
  2. Identify canine behavior and psychology to analyze and train. (AGS 190, AGS 192, AGS 195, AGS 210, AGS 211, AGS 220, AGS 221)
  3. Articulate and use canine training concepts and skills for working with service dogs. (AGS 190, AGS 192, AGS 195, AGS 210, AGS 211, AGS 220, AGS 221)
  4. Exhibit the training of service dog tasks. (AGS 220, AGS 221)
  5. Communicate issues of handling a service dog with the general public. (AGS 194, AGS 195, AGS 210, AGS 215)
  6. Identify and articulate laws for handling a service dog. (AGS 197)
  7. Adhere to ADI minimum standards. (AGS 197, AGS 211, AGS 221)
  8. Recognize the difference between laws and ethics. (AGS 197)
  9. Use canine handling skills for service dogs in highly diverse and distracting public environments. (AGS 195, AGS 210, AGS 211)
  10. Identify, analyze, and articulate health related needs of canines:  general anatomy, disease control, first aid, nutrition, grooming, breeding. (AGS 193, AGS 197)
  11. Use veterinary vocabulary to authorize and facilitate optimal canine health care. (AGS 194)
  12. Explain the available boarding requirements needed for service dogs. (AGS 194)
  13. Prepare and understand legal documents for service dogs. (AGS 194, AGS 197)
  14. Describe service dog air and boat travel needs and travel with a service dog nationally and internationally. (AGS 197, AGS 211)

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