Paws-Up, Inc. Workbook
by Robin Pool B.S. CABC and Veronica Sanchez M.Ed. CABC
As a former client of Paws-Up owner trainer program, I was asked to review their
new workbook, Step-by-Step Training for Mobility Assistance Dogs. After reading
this manual, all I could think was ‘where was this resource when I needed it!’. This
workbook would be an invaluable tool to any person considering entering into an
owner/trainer program such as Paws-Up. It’s easy to read, clear and concise, and
the step by step format easy to follow. Descriptive pictures accompany each
chapter as well as a troubleshooting section and room to make notes for when you
meet with your trainer. This manual not only covers all the steps needed to train
your dog in obedience and assistance, but is filled with safety tips and resources
that could prove useful after your training is complete. Even if you’re not training a
dog for use in assistance, this book would be a great tool for helping pet owners
teach their dogs basic obedience.
This workbook is so much more than what the title conveys. It is very easy to read
and has lessons that are straightforward to comprehend whether you are the trainer
or the trainee.
It has a comfortable format with numerous pages for notes included from beginning
to end of the workbook with activity pages scattered generously all the way through
it. There are plenty of pictures demonstrating what is being taught.
The tips and troubleshooting hints are helpful extras; as are the bonus supplemental
activity sheets and training record forms. The training methods are straightforward
using positive techniques. The instructions offer different options as well as
providing warnings and varying factors to consider during the teaching process.
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