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Professional assistance dog training prepares dogs for travel, public settings and a lifetime of loyal service. They can go anywhere with their owner. They are obedient, well-mannered, and they provide necessary assistance and service for their handlers on a daily basis.

Assistance dogs inspire confidence and foster independence for a person with a disability. The difference that an assistance dog can make in a person's life is immeasurable.

The term "assistance dog" can be used synonymously with service dog. Service or assistance dog training is much more specialized than traditional dog obedience and puppy training – though obedience is the foundation.

Obedience in Assistance Dog Training

Training an assistance dog begins with fundamentals. Dogs are given a solid foundation in basic and advanced obedience. Service and assistance dogs need to be exceedingly obedient. They are more than just loving companions. Handlers need to have the utmost level of control and confidence in every situation.

All assistance dogs are trained for the basics like sit, stay, lie down and walk quietly on a leash. They are also trained to walk by your side without a leash, wait at doorways and intersections, and get in and out vehicles.

Assistance dog training addresses the ever-changing needs of a potential handler. Dogs are prepared for nearly any public or private setting or situation. They are well trained, conditioned and thoroughly prepared to take on their responsibilities and duties.

Service and Assistance Dog Programs and Curriculum

In this video, Darwin is participating in the obedience portion of Assistance Dog Training.

Darwin completed the Neuman K-9 Academy Boot Camp for dogs. This program covered obedience commands to sit, stay, down, heel, come when called (off-leash), confidence building, distraction proofing, and general etiquette like waiting at doors until released and no jumping up.

Assistance Dog Training Emphasizes Versatility

Assistance dogs have to receive an incredibly versatile training curriculum. In addition to traditional obedience lessons, they learn many different specialized commands. They also have to learn to suppress certain natural urges.

For example, assistance dogs can't run up to strangers looking for treats or pats on the head. They are working animals. These dogs are trusted with the well-being of their handlers.


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What Sets Assistance Dogs Apart from Traditional Companion Pets

Specialized training utilizes exercises that strengthen and test impulse control. Dogs are given lessons on public etiquette. They are conditioned to behave in busy public settings. They are regularly taken to private and public settings for drills and training for their future jobs.

They are taught functional commands that may be important for a variety of situations in order to serve their owner. Assistance dog training is totally customizable to the handler.

Our assistance dog training program is unique; the curriculum and comprehensive nature of the training is innovative; and the results are reliable – unmatched by anything we have seen nationwide.

Neuman K-9 Academy adheres to the Minimum Training Standards set forth by the ADI (Assistance Dogs International).

Neuman K-9 Academy is proud to be an active member of:

National Association of Service Dogs
International Association of Canine Professionals
Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Service and Assistance Dog Programs and Curriculum

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