Service Dog Training Course for Retrieving Independence
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Service Dog Training Course for Retrieving Independence

Raising Puppies for Service Work
4.4 (52 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,779 students enrolled
Created by Nikki Ivey
Last updated 6/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Successfully develop a puppy into a well-rounded adult for service work. This course does not develop the dog into a service dog.
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Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Description

This course is designed primarily for volunteers of Retrieving Independence, a non-profit that partners with prisons and other volunteers to raise and train service dogs.  This course can, however, be a valuable tool for anyone interested in raising a puppy for service work.  This course will prepare the human handler to be a strong and consistent leader for his or her puppy, and will teach handlers how to ensure their designated puppy is successful in the Retrieving Independence program. At the end of this course, raisers and handlers will understand how to lay a solid training foundation for their puppies to become well developed service dogs.  This course does not cover task work that more mature dogs require for service certifications.  

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is great for any dog owner who is interested in training a new puppy for real life situations and service work.
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
01:28:40
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Welcome to Retrieving Independence Puppy Raiser Training Program
5 Lectures 05:36
Introduction
00:50

Volunteer Role
01:45

Volunteer Attributes
01:18

Volunteer Pack
00:58

Dog Items
00:45
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Understanding Dog Behavior
8 Lectures 14:41
Dog's Do What Works
01:37

Understanding Consequences
03:38

Importance of Leadership
01:36

Behaviors Exhibited
01:22

Human Response
01:13

Verbal Marker
01:16

The Power of Ignoring
01:39

Interruption NOT Correction
02:20
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Common Puppy Problems
5 Lectures 09:47
Understanding Puppy Problems
01:05

Crate Training
02:51

Housebreaking
04:52

Mouthing/Biting
00:11

Chewing
00:48
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Foundation
8 Lectures 16:00
Setting Expectations
02:01

Socialization
01:14

Socialization Made Easy
02:14

Keys to Successful Socialization
02:07

Socialization Miscues
03:48

Exposure
01:23

Outdoor Opportunities
01:38

Indoor Opportunities
01:35
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Everyday Manners
8 Lectures 35:20
Understanding Manners
01:39

Feeding
01:34

Hand-Feeding
01:34

Hand-feeding Instructional
16:56

Regular Feeding
05:29

Dealing with Barriers
05:47

Leash Manners
00:58

Leash Attachment
01:23
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Final
1 Lecture 01:16
Thank You!
01:16
About the Instructor
Nikki Ivey
4.4 Average rating
82 Reviews
1,898 Students
3 Courses
Canine Behavior Specialist and Trainer at DogSpeak

Nikki Ivey is DogSpeak's founder, trainer and canine behavioral consultant.  She has been training dogs and their owners for 20 years.  Nikki owned and operated one of the first daycare facilities in the Nashville area.  She has also written multiple books and guides to assist pet owners, business owners and and their staff, and rescue organizations.