Foundation Level Virtual Assistance Assessment
In order to pass your foundation assistance assessment virtually we require to see a video of each exercise/Behaviour/task listed below videoed on 3 separate occasions. In each video different external stimuli should be clearly visible.
Video of the dog handled from head to toe without the use of treats/distraction to tolerate this. This includes:
Looking in mouth by raising lips and then lowering bottom jaw
Looking in ears
Touching from head to toe (of course avoiding around genitals) but including tail.
Lifting each paw (all 4 independently) touching paw pad and between toes.
Video of the dog when startled e.g. by spoon dropping on floor on lead
Video of the dog when started e.g. by spoon dropping off lead
Video of young person and dog engaging appropriately together for at least 10minutes per video.
Video of playing fetch or tug in which the dog willingly drops toy for handler
Video of dog focusing on handler doing 10 dog press ups (sit to down back to sit – it’s ok if they stand up between each behaviour and for targeting and luring to be used at this stage) while the distraction video is played at a reasonable volume.
Video with your dog introduced to the list of new/unique items
Bronze Level Virtual Assistance Assessment
Video of your dog reliably sitting 5 times with a stand and walk around in between) Sits must be with a single request (hand signal or vocal command) and no lure. We require to see 30 seconds of walking around the room prior to the sit requests and 30 seconds of video walking around afterwards for contingency.
Video of loose leash walking with regular eye contact in heel position (at side of wheelchair or at side of leg) for one minute with positive techniques used for repositioning if your dog starts to pull.
Video of targeting fingers or target stick.
Video leaving treats place in front of them while sitting
Video demonstrating walking past dropped treats without taking them without the lead being responsible for this.
Video of recall across empty room
Silver level virtual assistance assessment
For your gold level assessment, you must have completed a minimum of 120 hours recorded focused training on the training record form.
Video of a down stay for 5 minutes while handler eats a snack (your dog is allowed a couple of requests to settle but once settled must not stand for those 5 minutes)
Video demonstrating leave while in sit with a loose lead with a piece of chicken or cheese in front of them under 1 metre away.
Video walking past a piece of chicken or cheese left on floor (on a plate or in a bowl is fine) with a loose lead (without a tightened lead at any point).
Video demonstrating 3 tasks relevant to the persons disability (we need to see each task filmed 9 times (3 times per task per video minimum) except for medical alert (specific other evidence is needed of this).
Video demonstrating recall across room with distraction alley lay out (as advised).
Video walking around room. Drop the lead, walk 5 paces with the lead dropped and then retrieve the lead. Your dog must stay beside you while lead is dropped.
Video of giving you’re an appropriate regular groom for their breed.
Gold Virtual Assistance Assessment
For your gold level assessment, you must have completed a minimum of 180 hours recorded focused training over at least a 9-month period if your dog is under 15 months or spread over at least 6 months over your dog is over 15 months.
Video of at least 3 relevant assistance tasks each reliably performed 5 times on 3 occasions
Video of waiting for dinner, waiting in sit or down as bowl is slowly lowered and only moving once, they’re given a release command.
Video of performing sit, down and heel reliably
Video of leaving high value food on a plate by moving away and looking back at owner. More high value treats must be added to the plate while the dog continues to leave it.
Video of sending (from at least 5 paces) to settling on mat/bed/crate with door open and staying in place for 5 minutes without needing regular reminders and then given release command to move off.
Video of asking to settle in down either under table or if not possible close beside chair for 10minutes while handler eats (or if handler is tube fed while another household member eats).
Video of recall through advanced distraction alley (as advised).
Worksheet pack completed by child handler.
Worksheet pack completed by responsible handler.
On top of these virtual assessments you’re required to complete a 5 hour initial public access assessment to enable you to train in public as an 'assistance dog in training' with Pawsitive Squad. You then need a minimum of 15 hours of face to face assessment time with a Pawsitive Squad assessor to complete your full gold award and become a Pawsitive Squad certified assistance dog partnership.
Please remember that in line with your contract you must keep accurate training records, medical alert records *if applicable*, health & care records & veterinary review records.
We are offering virtual assistance dogs to enable families living further away or fragile health conditions (and of course currently everyone can access these as we go through this period of social isolation). These enable you to complete MOST of your assistance dog training and assessment virtually however you are required to do a 5hour public access assessment to train in public once you've passed your foundation award and 15 hours (spread over a minimum of 3 sessions) of face to face assessment on top of this to become a Pawsitive Squad Assistance Dog. You will remain classes as 'in training' with us until these face to face hours have been completed even when you pass the virtual gold award. To apply to train your dog as an assistance dog through Pawsitive Squad CIC you need to send us the application forms found here.
The exact evidence we require for you to pass each level is shown below. We require to see videos of each task completed on 3 times on 3 separate occasions (these can be within the same day but there must be a break between the assessment sessions and the stimuli in the video should be different on each occasion). we need at least 10 seconds of blank filming before and after each task/requirement. Some of the things assessed in the video will be reassessed as part of the 15-hour face to face assessments. On top of the video evidence please remember we require completed training records and care & health records to be sent over monthly. The foundation assessment costs £15 and all other levels cost £25 each.