For Trainers

  • Trainers must understand and adhere to all MSSD Minimum Standards and Ethics.
  • Trainers must be able to produce effective working teams that meet MSSD Standards (i.e. Public Access Test, demonstration of tasks) as reviewed at the 1 year anniversary of the team.
  • Trainers must have up to date knowledge of best practices in many areas including:
    • learning theory
    • canine behavior
    • canine care and safety
    • a variety of training techniques, equipment and methods
  • Trainers must demonstrate effective:
    • communication skills
    • instruction of groups and individuals
    • assessment and problem solving skills
    • self assessment and improvement of performance
  • Trainers must demonstrate:
    • an understanding of the matching process of client with dog
    • knowledge of the environment a team will encounter, specifically concerning family, community, school and workplace and the impact these may have on each working team.
    • knowledge of and ability to determine when a training process, placement, or certification needs to be discontinued.
  • Trainers have a responsibility to the public, therefore they must:
    • have knowledge of pertinent canine laws (i.e. leash laws and public access laws)
    • build rapport and establish effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, volunteers, and the community
    • use appropriate behavior in public when working with each dog and or client, (i.e. train one dog at a time, be polite, show respect and consideration to people and property, and maintain good personal and canine hygiene)
    • be willing to educate the public about service dogs and access rights.