Component 3: Introduction to Training Class Management
Once you have completed the Dog Training the Delta Way Seminar and successfully completed the Responsible Companion Animal Ownership, you will be ready to continue the practical component of study.
The 6-Day Workshop program is conducted in Sydney, New South Wales, at two venues. The main lectures (five days) are held at Rydges Bankstown, and one day is conducted at a local animal shelter.
For those who need to travel to attend, Delta will provide you with a list of accommodation facilities that may be suitable for you and are in reasonable proximity to the venue/s. Those who live locally can travel to the venues on a daily basis.
Delta Society promotes the use of humane training methods and equipment and the use of aversive equipment is prohibited at the workshop. This program of study is not suitable for those who use and promote check chains and other punishment-based equipment.
As you will be working with dogs at the shelter, students are not required to bring their own dogs. If you require an assistance dog to attend any day of the workshop with you, you will need to provide the Delta Society with documentary evidence that your assistance dog has been assessed and/or certified as such by an approved/certified assistance dog training organisation in NSW. The documentary evidence must be provided along with your registration form. Any decision to allow an assistance dog to maintain attendance will be made by the venues.
During the workshop, you will undertake training in areas such as:
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Behaviour observations
- Teaching strategies for people and dogs
- Writing and developing lesson plans
- Environmental enrichment
This component also includes practical elements that will be assessed and will contribute to your overall assessment in the course such as:
- Public speaking
- Fitting equipment
- Conducting classes
On attendance and successful completion of all assessments at the 6-day workshop, you will be issued with a transcript of results. This can be used as evidence if you wish to enrol in the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services.