Training and Communication in AAI

Training is an important aspect of working with a therapy animal, but we must ensure that our training doesn't prevent the animal from communicating freely with their handler. Effective two-way communication is essential for safe interactions that protect animal welfare in AAI settings.

This course, which consists of four modules and an assessment, will take you through foundational concepts about therapy animal behavior, training expectations for dogs and other species, training methodologies and their appropriateness for therapy animals, and illustrate the importance of a therapy animal communicating freely during AAI sessions.

Course Price: $180

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Training & Communication: Foundational Understanding of Animal Training in AAI

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
•    Explain the value of a therapy animal freely communicating during AAI sessions 
•    Compare and contrast approaching and avoidant behavior 
•    Distinguish between animal aptitude and animal tolerance in AAI work
•    Identify reliable, predictable, and directable behaviors and draw connections between the three types of behavior
•    Identify the traits that make an animal a good candidate for AAI
•    Determine the optimal AAI environment for a particular therapy animal
•    Describe the additional value that training cues have for therapy animals and explain the value of the human-animal dyad in developing a personal form of two-way communication

Training & Communication: Trained Behaviors
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
•    Explain the value of a therapy animal freely communicating during AAI sessions
•    Compare and contrast the different methodologies in animal training
•    Justify the use of positive training methodologies as the most appropriate for training therapy animals

Training & Communication: Establishing Two-Way Communication
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
•    Explain the value of a therapy animal freely communicating during AAI sessions
•    Justify the use of positive training methodologies as the most appropriate for training therapy animals

Training & Communication: Applying Basic Cues and Two-Way Communication in AAI Environments
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:  
•    Apply the use of positive training methodologies as the most appropriate methodology for training therapy animals
•    Apply tenants of positive training philosophy to work with clients
•    Apply basic training expectations for dogs and other species 

Assessment for Training and Communication in AAI
This 20 question quiz covers all content for Training and Communication in AAI and requires a passing score of 80%. You must complete the previous lessons before accessing this assessment.

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