Service Dog Training Institute November 2021 Newsletter     

SDTI November 2021 Newsletter

Health care providers often wonder the process of determining if a service dog might be good for some clients. Here is a list of considerations to decide if a service dog might be an appropriate health care treatment option for clients.

The Principles of behaviour modification applies to all animals. Here is a simple model of how to use the various pieces to teach a new behavior. 
Here is a related video on lumping vs splitting behaviours. Splitters have the most success as the learner progresses more quickly through the smaller easier steps, rather than getting stuck. It eliminates frustration for both the learner and the teacher as well.
Another key concept in behavior change is desensitization and counter conditioning. They are used to change the emotion of the learner towards a specific target. 

Weekly Zoom Sessions

Our free weekly Foundation Skills zoom sessions have been popular with students, so much so that we have set up a second one in the later afternoon to meet student scheduling needs. It’s exciting to meet the people whose names we see on the registration list! Check the forums for both Service Puppy and Foundation Skills to see the current days and times of the Zoom sessions. 

New Class!  Public Access Class in November.

Are you a handler who has challenges dealing with confrontation about your service dog from members of the public or service providers?
Join our Zoom sessions.

Public Access Level 4 Group Discussion is a new class! The 2 x 1 hour group discussions are live and interactive and are for anyone who wants to be prepared how to handle staff and members of the public when they start training in public places like retail and restaurants. 

Dates:   Dates: Nov. 27 at 1pm Pacific (PST) and Dec. 4 at 1pm.   

Registration opens Nov 13, 2021.  Preregistration required before midnight November 24.

CLICK HERE then scroll down for more details.

See you soon!  

Sign up for the following classes this month! 

NOTE:  We will be going back to our regular registration period starting in January (1st Wednesday through to the 2nd Wednesday of each month).  So plan ahead what classes you will be needing for each month.

Registration Open Now! 

Single class (self-study only) is CDN$40 (~ US$32).

Two-level class bundles (self-study only) CDN$75 (~ US$60)
Three-level class bundle (self-study only) CDN$105 (~ US$83)

CDN$440 (~ US$348) for the self-study SDTI school class bundle special!   

 3 x 30 min. private webcam coaching sessions are CDN$125 (~ US$99)
Purchase webcam sessions here.

1 hour private webcam consultation session with Donna Hill 
CDN$75 (~ US$60)
Purchase webcam consultation here.

Register in the Course Catalogue 


 SDTI Classes for November 


Service Puppy

Foundation Skills 1-3

Loose Leash Walking 1-3

Head Halters

Settle/Relax 1-2

Harnesses & Vests

Public Access Levels 1-4

Service Dog Retrieve 1-2

Anxiety Tasks

Wheelchair-Loose Leash Walking 1-2

Stress and the Service Dog webinar

Tricks for Service Dogs - Body Awareness       


Course Catalogue


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