I am Ariza from PCC ATA Ubuntu Support. In this video series, I will share what I have learned, thus helping you prepare for what you are in for and increasing your chances of passing the PAT.
Startle Response & Sound distractions: In the test, you are going out into the real world, which can get pretty busy and noisy.
- Can your dog focus through all that noise?
- The Assessor must do something to startle your dog and see what happens when your dog is scared? There are generally five patterns a dog can display:
- They will bolt; this is an inappropriate response for an Assistance Dog. It is a potential safety risk to the handler, the dog and the public.
- They will freeze; this can give a dog some time to make a better decision, so it should be ok, but only if your dog can recover in < three seconds.
- They will fight; this is an inappropriate response for an Assistance Dog. It is a potential safety risk to the handler, the dog and the public. An excellent job for such a dog is a crowd control dog, which we used back in South Africa.
- Some dogs just don’t get startled and will move away a little bit, but there is some situation where the startle response can be beneficial – like when navigating traffic in a parking lot.
- Does your dog become very vocal?
- In the industry, it is said that Assistance Dogs should be seen, not heard. I will add that; Assistance Dogs should be seen, not heard, unless being vocal is the task the dog was trained to do.
- This excludes using a dog as a scary deterrent; Assistance Dogs are not personal protection dogs.
I look forward to sharing the following video with you guys next Tuesday!
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