Phase 1


The phase report came out today and Banta is now is phase 1. I was afraid that she might be in phase 0 for a few weeks do to some glitch or that she would be transferred up to Oregon but she is staying in San Rafael. And she is actually starting to learn how to be a guide!
Here is a short summary of what she is learning in phase 1:

  • Food Reward and Clicker Techniques
  • Obedience Responses and Teaching Focus around Distractions
  • Formal Obedience (sit, down, heel, stay and come)
  • Food Refusal Protocol
  • Socialization (introduction to the training van)
  • Body Handling Acceptance
  • Introduction to the Harness
  • Treadmill Training
  • Pattern Training (a method of introducing guidework behavior in a positive manner.)
  • Up Curb Exercise #1
  • Dog Agility Walk
  • Back Up Chute
  • Obstacle Course

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