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    Jun 09, 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

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate and use positive canine training, handling, and task skills in highly diversified environments. (AGC 190, AGC 192, AGC 195, AGC 210, AGC 211, AGC 220, AGC 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. Exhibit the training of service dog tasks. (AGS 220, AGS 221)
  4. Communicate issues of handling a service dog with the general public. (AGS 194, AGS 195, AGS 210, AGS 215)
  5. Identify and articulate Service Dog Laws. (AGC 194, AGC 197, AGC 211)
  6. Adhere to ADI minimum standards. (AGS 197, AGS 211, AGS 221)
  7. Identify, analyze, and articulate health related needs of canines:  general anatomy, disease control, illnesses, first aid, nutrition, grooming, breeding, veterinary communication. (AGC 193, AGC 194, AGC 197)
  8. Explain the available boarding requirements needed for service dogs. (AGS 194)
  9. Prepare and understand legal documents for service dogs. (AGS 194, AGS 197)

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