PAT 108 – Demonstrating your dog’s tasks

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.

Demonstrating your dog’s tasks:

There are two things you need to inform your Assessor on:

  1. What tasks is your dog trained explicitly for that can be replicated in the test? 
    • Some tasks are harder to replicate in a test, like the fall of your blood sugar or the hormones you produce moments before a seizure. The harder it is to copy the cue for the dog’s task, the harder it is to train. That means that the reliability of the dog is in question. (Colourblind teacher teaching someone who is not colourblind)
    • As a Trainer, when I work with parents, participants, OT etc. I need to know the sequence of events the dog must perform:
      1. What is the cue the dog is responding to? Visual, vocal, movement, hormonal etc.
      2. How is the dog responding? What is the task the dog is going to perform?
      3. What will the Handler’s response be? They must be compliant; it is more a dog’s job to prompt and assist, not force a Handler to comply.
  2. What are your triggers? I volunteer for PTSD Dogs Australia, and they help Veterans and First responders who have PTSD as a result of their job. The test states that you must demonstrate ‘that the dog is trained to bark, stop barking on command’. This would be irresponsible for people who are very sensitive to noise triggers that result in a very violent outburst from the Handler and is in direct violation of meeting the safety requirements of the PAT.
    • Some handlers can’t use certain public forms of transport because it is also a trigger. You must make sure to communicate this to the Assessor.

Here is a challenge for you guys! The more likes, shares and comments I get, the more information I will provide. PS. Questions are welcome too, and I’ll make some videos answering these 🙂

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