PAT 106 – Noisy, Busy & Startle Responses

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.

  1. Can your dog focus through all that noise?
  2. 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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