Your journey as a medical assistance dog trainer starts here
The courses offered by the Center for the Study of Medical Assistance Canines (CMAC) are live, interactive and hands on. They are not pre-recorded classes, but you will instead be interacting directly with the instructors and will be asked to practice live and in between classes, with at least one dog.
Train a dog
Help a person
Be the difference
Full Curriculum - All you need to train a medical assistant dog
Learn everything you need to become a professional service dog trainer and specialize in medical alert dogs. This is an in-depth, comprehensive, hands-on curriculum that will give you all the information and experience to get started and to specialize in the medical detection field. - A step-by-step complete program for efficient service dog training with over 30+ behaviors - How to select service dog candidates - The laws and standards of the service dog industry - Specialized training for disabilities such as diabetes, seizures, autism spectrum, and psychiatric disorders - Selection and matching the dogs with the right clients, etc..
Service dog candidate selection
This course covers everything about dogs. You will have access to our temperament testing protocols, our standards and gain hands-on experience to learn how to select the right dogs to train as service dogs: - What dogs have the most potential to be service dogs? - How to test for temperament? What breeds work best? - How to work with breeders or develop a breeding program? - How to Establish a partnership with shelters and rescues? When to decide to keep a dog in the program or to release them? Etc.
Service Dog Training and Assessments
A solid service dog program requires standards, tracking, and testing protocols for the dogs in training. This is about the basics for all service dogs, no matter the disability they will help. This course offers a full data-driven system for service dog training. We will cover - Behavior fundamentals: impulse control, problem-solving, taking initiative - Organizing and keeping track of the dog’s training - Foundation and intermediate behaviors for service dogs: over 20 trained behaviors, from the very basics to the more advanced behaviors.
Medical Assistant Dog Tasks
This course will cover everything you need to learn about medical assistant dog training and will give you practical hands-on training experience: - What disabilities can be helped? - How does it impact a person’s life? How do we train a dog to alert to hypo-hyperglycemia, to a seizure or a panic attact? What are other tasks needed: pressing an alert button bracing, retrieving, finding help, etc.
Service dogs must work in public places. This is the hardest part of the training as many dogs struggle with the level of distractions and stimuli present in the environment. The focus of this course is on public access training: - What are the Laws and standards for service dogs? How to manage a dog through public settings? - How to deal with the public? - What is the Public Access Test? Etc.
We train service dogs so they can help a person with a disability. This course focuses on the human side, with its challenges and its successes: How to select service dog clients (application, interview, criteria)? - How to match the dogs to the right person - How to prepare the client before they get the service dog? - Working with the client during Team Training- Follow up after placement. Etc.
In-person teaching at your facility
You're a new service dog program or would like to start a new project and/or service, we will travel to your location to teach your trainers in person.
In-person learning at our facility
You would like to experience firsthand how we work. Spend a week or a month working side-by-side with our trainers at our facility.