HOW TO GET STARTED:
Before your dog becomes a mindDog there are some fundamentals you both have to know.
- How good is your dog at basic obedience?
- Will he walk calmly beside you on a loose lead without pulling or lunging?
- Will he do it on command before you get in the car for a long drive?
- Does he sit on command?
- Will he drop and stay?
- Does he lift his leg inappropriately?
- If you are in a busy place with lots of distractions, does him come when you call him?
- Does she bark frantically if she’s excited?
- And how about toileting?
- How is she with kids or other dogs?
These are all things your dog will have to be able to do before you sit your Public Access Test. If your dog is not so good at some of them, then your mindDog will help you. There is a list of helpful documents on our Resources page.
To become a mindDog, your dog must already have some basic obedience training. He must sit, down, stay, come, wait, and so on. A dog that demonstrates boisterous behavior, nuisance barking, hackles-up, growling, showing teeth, lunging, biting, aggression, excessive fear or inappropriate elimination is not ready for public access work.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS BEFORE YOU APPLY:
THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO TRAIN YOUR DOG:
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