What You'll Learn in Behavior Interruptions & Alerts
You'll learn an ADA qualifying task that helps to mitigate a portion of your disability.
Nose boop alerts and gentle chin rest interruptions can help bring attention to repetitive or unwanted behaviors, bring the handler back to the present moment, or alert to an impending medical episode such as escalating anxiety or panic that has physical precursors.
In this course I will teach you to train two different alert and/or interruption behaviors including:
- Nose Press or "Nose Boop" Alert/Interruption Behavior
- Chin Rest on Leg Alert/Interruption
You will then learn to pair that alert with a physical behavior that you are exhibiting so that when you do a specific behavior your dog approaches you and alerts to this behavior via a nose boop to your leg, hip, or hand or a chin rest on your leg.
Examples of Behaviors You Can Train Your Dog to Interrupt or Alert To:
- Leg Shaking/Bouncing
- Repetitive Picking/Rubbing
- Head Scratching
- Hair Twirling
- Nail Biting
- Significant Changes in Breathing Like Heavy/Pronounced Breathing or Panting
- Hands Over Face/Crying
- Hand Wringing
- Repetitive Cracking of Knuckles or Other Joints
- Finger Drumming
- Other repetitive but non-self-injurious behaviors
The goal of training this alert is to have your dog bring attention to or interrupt specific behaviors so that you can take action on, or ask your dog to take action on your behalf.
During this course you will also learn:
- How Dogs Learn and Important Training Concepts
- How to Use A Marker
- Handler Mechanics
- Hand Touches and Off-the-Body Targeting
- How to Close Doors/Drawers
- How to Generalize and Proof Behavior so that Your Training Holds Up in the Real World
- Intelligent Disobedience Basics
- Troubleshooting Tips
- And much more!
This course is designed for everyone from beginners, to advanced trainers, to professional trainers looking to take on service dog clients.
Course Content: There are about 4 hours of written and video material, depending on your familiarity with the training methods used. The course is online and self-paced through the Teachable platform. There is no live teaching component and all learning is self-directed as you follow along with the program. If you need additional help, please seek out private lessons with a trainer. Laura is not available for private training at this time.
You will have access to the course for 2 years from date of purchase.
You can preview the "Getting Started" section in the course outline below.
Note: This is not a scent training course. You must be exhibiting a physical behavior, like those listed above, that is repeatable so that your dog can learn to alert. While some dogs will learn to alert to scent cues prior to the physical manifestation, this course teaches alerts to physical behaviors from the human only.