Train & Educate A Canine Helper

Professionally Guided - Owner Trained Program

TEACH (Train & Educate A Canine Helper) has been revamped for 2017 Committed Canine T.E.A.C.H. program is a class which is held over three weekends approximately six weeks apart.   It offers students 42 hours of education and training with  professional instructors.     The curriculum includes very high standard social compliance training to prepare the dog for work in public  places AND the identification, development and training of individual tasks which the dog will perform to  mitigate the handler's disability.    The class offers public excursions to department stores, outdoor parks and restaurants where  students are coached in how to handle a Service-Dog-In-Training.   Students go home and practice the skills they learned.  Maintaining a training log helps the students to  meet the required training hours.  Keeping a journal helps the student to track progress and to know when  to seek help from the Committed Canine instructors (who may be contacted via email or telephone, as  necessary).    After the initial class, students return approximately six weeks later for the second class where information is reviewed and new instruction and training is provided.   The final weekend  (which is held approximately six weeks after the second class), culminates in the Public Access Test where students and their dogs are evaluated in three  unique locations, across 14 different required elements.    Upon passing the Public  Access Test, the Service-Dog-In-Training achieves Service Dog status with his handler.  


The T.E.A.C.H. program is specifically designed for people who have the capacity to train and educate their own dog under the guidance of professional trainers.  Therefore, it requires that candidates are highly cognizant of the rigors, responsibilities and commitment it takes to first train and then maintain a dog at the standard of Service Dog.   This is a serious venture, not to be taken lightly.  Currently, there is no national Service Dog certification process for Service Dog handlers n the USA.  That can be a good thing so long as people do not take unworthy dogs into public which then cause problems.  It puts the responsibility of making certain only “Street Ready” dogs don the Service Dog cape in the hands of the disabled person.  The level of responsibility that is needed to actually own and handle a Service Dog cannot be overstated.  When one person’s Service Dog acts inappropriately in public it makes it more difficult for anyone’s Service Dog to be accepted by society, in general.  The Public Access Test, at the end of the course requires the dog and handler to demonstrate their competence in a variety of public settings, including a restaurant, shopping center and public park.  

What is included?  (Classes of 2-4 students)

25% of the tuition is due to secure enrollment.  The remainder is due first day of the first class. INCLUDED:  Exceptional instruction (40+ hours),  training materials (books, presentations…), training supplies, collar, leash and high quality SD vest with Committed Canine logo, hard plastic photo ID, written certification of passing the Public Access Test. Also included:  Free renewal Public Access Test every two years. Also provided are light snacks, water, coffee. We welcome and encourage students to bring a helper / parent / spouse to the class. NOT INCLUDED:  The dog.  Specialized equipment, such as a mobility harness.  The student’s travel, meals and accommodations during the class.  There are reasonably priced motels 15 minutes from the training facility.  Travel during the training class.


The dog must be 10 months or older by the first weekend of class. Formal training is not required, but the dog must be generally social and comfortable in its own skin. Extreme shyness or signs of aggression toward people or other animals is a reason to exclude a dog from the program.  A dog that displays aggression in class will be asked to leave and refund of tuition will be up to the discretion of the instructors, only and is not guaranteed. The dog should be familiar with mounting into a vehicle and traveling in a car without showing signs of motion sickness. The dog should be familar with climbing a flight of stairs. The dog should not bark or whine excessively in protest or at other dogs, animals or people. The dog should be clearned by a veterinarian for Service Dog work. The dog should be on a preventative heartworm medicine. We recommend spay/neuter by 14 months of age. The dog should be purebred or mix that was designed to be dedicated to work with a human partner with a strong desire to please.    This criterion should be taken seriously. We recommend that you read this article regarding breed selection. We recommend this article for service dog selection. We strongly suggest acquiring a dog out of parents who were screened for heritable diseases which are found in that breed (mix of breeds). We strongly suggest that the dog is screened for hip dysplasia (via an x-ray) and deemed to have normal hip conformation. We typically recommend against acquiring a dog of unknown parentage and unknown history from a rescue or shelter.  We are not opposed to dog rescue, however, the selection of the right dog as your service dog should exceed a desire to rescue a pet/companion animal.   This is a very important decision that can make your life better or myserable, depending upon your choices. We recommend reading this article to research a reputable breeder or source for your dog. The dog’s structure should suit the intended purpose.  A dog that may need to support the handler for mobility should be sound, and of appropriate height and weight.
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Ellie Mae learns to ignore distractions like a whole package of yummy hotdogs.
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The “hotdog” distraction training is tested at a restaurant during the “french fry” test.
Course Costs & Requirements
Please be prepared to attend the three class weekends associated with the session you select. Classes are limited to four students. Classes are held in Brownstown, Illinois. Classes begin at 9:00 AM each day and conclude around 4:30 PM Weekend THREE concludes with the Public Access Test. Full Tuition is $2000 $500 is required to hold your spot in the course.  It is non-refundable, but can be transferred to a future class if available. The remaining $1500 is due on the first day of the first class. MILITARY VETERAN DISCOUNT Full military tuition is $1500.  Due to hold your space $500. The remaining $1000 is due on the first day of the first class. Tuition includes 40+ hours of instruction, photo ID of your dog, Service Dog vest with our company logo, training materials including binder of the course contents and training books, collar and leash. Free recertification every 24 months.
Military Discount