Meet our newest Poster Pup 8-month old Bella Marie.
DOGTORS University provides the education. The Handler
and the Pet train and work together as a Team.
The 10-week program is provided in 2-hour classes one night a week (8-week
course followed by testing followed by graduation). DOGTORS University has 4 locations:
The Forest Glen Health Campus in Springfield has classes starting in March and September. Classes
are on Tuesday evenings, 7 - 9 PM.
Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City.
Classes start in March & September and are held on Sundays, 5 -7 PM
of Beavercreek has classes in March and September. Classes are
on Monday evenings, 7 - 9 PM.
We do one Summer class location at Sit, Stay N' Play Dog Park in Huber Heights
(usually Tuesday evenings 7-9 PM)
During the course, a few of the many topics
- Animal behavior & communication
- How, Why & Where AAT works
- Patient Protection
- Working as a Team
- Infection Control
- AAT use with specific medical conditions
- Working around other animals
obedience or agility training, Therapy dogs would be categorized more as 'working dogs', as they are teamed with a Handler
for a specific job. In this case, they are medical dogs, or Dogtors. Both members of the Team have to do their part to make
it to graduation.
At the end of the course, there is a written test for the Handler. The final exam is the Team Assessment Test,
or TAT. Here the Handler and Pet demonstrate obedience skills and are evaluated by their response to a multitude of situations
and 'patients' under controlled conditions.
Cost of the course is $75 with no annual fees.
Additional Handlers with same pet would be $25 each. Scholarships may be available from outside organizations.
Students aged 10-17 are eligible with parent or guardian, and both will train
and certify together, as that child will need supervised while working.
Should you decide AAT just isn't for you or your pet by the end of the first six weeks, you can receive
a full refund. If it is determined that your pet is not going to be appropriate for AAT at any time during the course,
you can receive a full refund as well.
Looking down the road: Your partner is getting older
and is not too interested in working any more, but you want to continue working AAT. If your partner retires and you
want to bring another partner through class, you do it for free.
WHILE YOU ARE WAITING for the
next class, there are things you can do to help yourself and you partner, especially dogs:
Consider places like pet stores and dog parks in particular. Human and animal socialization is very helpful, however, avoid places like festivals, flea markets and other crowded areas where
your dog could get stepped on. The most important you and your partner will need in AAT is trust between the two of
your partner, as needed, to noise, touching feet, and work on separation issues. The dog should
be able to be left alone with a stranger without whinning or pulling.
Treats should be taken gently, no jumping up on people, tolorance of
other animals, work on pulling issues and break bad habits such as 'mouthing'.