Military Working Dog Course The MWD course is conducted at RAAF Base Amberley, at the RAAF Security and Fire training School.
The course is 13 weeks in duration, and covers all aspects of the trade required to maintain team and individual proficiency, including the following: • dog psychology and Pack theory; • basic husbandry and physiology; • basic obedience; • obstacle negotiation; • attack work; • intruder detection; • man-trailing; and • building searches.
After training, new handlers are teamed with experienced handlers, to ensure their training continues to progress.
Military working dog teams are assessed on their proficiency every three months, using a proficiency exam promulgated by the RAAF. Prepared by Mal Brown, Scarlet Consulting and Carolyn Munckton, CM Communications 59 AAWS Education and Training Stocktake Work, Sport, Recreation on Display FINAL REPORT – 1 February 2008 Assistance Dogs Assistance Dogs International http://www.adionline.org/ The three types of Assistance Dogs are: GUIDE DOGS for the blind and the visually impaired 1. 2.
HEARING DOGS for the deaf and hard of hearing SERVICE DOGS for people with disabilities other than those related to vision or hearing . 3.
Although Guide Dogs for the blind have been trained formally for over seventy years, the training of dogs to assist deaf and disabled people is a much more recent concept.
There are organizations throughout the world that are training these wonderful dogs.
Assistance Dogs can come from breeding programs, with volunteer puppy raisers caring for them until they are old enough to start formal training, or in many cases the dogs are rescued from animal shelters.
Disabled individuals with Assistance Dogs are guaranteed legal access to all places of public accommodation, modes of public transportation, recreation and other places to which the general public is invited.
Guide Dogs Guide dogs to aid vision impaired people were first introduced to Australia in 1950 by Dr Arnold Cook, a young West Australian man who had lost his sight at the age of 18, but nevertheless went to University in WA and then to England to complete his Doctorate.
Whilst in England, he successfully applied to the Guide Dog Association in Britain, and after training, returned home to Australia with his black Labrador guide dog Dreana.
In 1951, the first Guide Dog Association in Australia was formed in Perth and by 1957, there were Guide Dog Associations in each State.
The newly formed State Associations decided to expand their movement on a national basis and to establish a training centre in a more accessible central state.
In 1962, the Association’s headquarters moved to Kew in Melbourne and the first specially designed Guide Dog Centre in the world was built on land granted by the Victorian Government.
In 1965 a controlled breeding program was introduced following a donation from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc.
Of California who donated two Golden Retriever puppies.
These pups along with a pedigree stud Labrador which was a gift from the UK, formed the nucleus of the breeding program in Australia at the Guide Dog Centre in Kew.
In 1967 the Puppy Raising program was launched, enabling young pups to be socialised for their first 12 months by volunteers in a family environment.
From 1 July 1998 Guide Dogs Victoria assumed the business operations of the National Association.
Guide Dogs provide a very special form of mobility and companionship for vision impaired people.
The assistance of a guide dog can allow a person from five to 95 years to walk out the door without fear of injury.
With support and training from guide dog organisations, people can achieve their own personal goals – to live an active life in the community, to attend school and university if that is their dream and pursue their chosen professions.
For a list of the Guide Dog Associations in each state visit: www.guidedogsaustralia.com Prepared by Mal Brown, Scarlet Consulting and Carolyn Munckton, CM Communications 60 AAWS Education and Training Stocktake Work, Sport, Recreation on Display FINAL REPORT – 1 February 2008 Guide Dogs Victoria Training for Instructors Dogs bred to be guide dogs must be trained to assist people with vision impairment.
Guide Dogs Victoria provides training as follows: Guide Dog Trainer There is no external training course for becoming a guide dog trainer.
Staff training is conducted internally by the Guide Dog Services Department and has a theoretical and practical component.
Trainees learn how to assess potential guide dogs for their suitability to commence Guide Dog training.
Once the trainee demonstrates the required levels of competency and understanding through practical and theoretical assessment they qualify with a Certificate in Early Training.
To become a fully qualified Guide Dog Trainer, the trainee must be selected for further education and training in the Advanced Guide Dog Training cycle.
When the trainee demonstrates required levels of competency and understanding in Advanced Training, they qualify as a Guide Dog Trainer.
Orientation and Mobility (Guide Dog) Instructor People wishing to become a Guide Dog Instructor must undertake the Guide Dogs Victoria Guide Dog Instructor Course.
Cadet Guide Dog Instructors receive training that will allow them to become a Guide Dog Trainer and an Instructor to educate people with a vision impairment in the management and use of a Guide Dog as a means to independent mobility.
The course takes a minimum of three years full-time study to complete for students who do not already have: • a recognised Orientation & Mobility Instructor qualification (available at Latrobe University as a stream of study within the Bachelor of Health Science, or as a Certificate IV Course from Vision Australia) or • prior Guide Dog training/client instructional experience from a Guide Dog School with membership in the Federation of Guide Dog Schools.
Those students who already have a recognised Orientation & Mobility qualification, including at least a twelve-week internship as an Orientation & Mobility Instructor at an approved agency, may receive a credit for the external Orientation & Mobility requirement of the Guide Dog Instructor Course.
This will reduce the course duration to a minimum of two years.
Guide Dogs Victoria is a member of the member of the International Guide Dog Federation (http://www.ifgdsb.org.uk/page.asp?code=00010008) so has to adhere to its requirements and standards.
Although Guide Dogs Victoria doesn’t have specific ‘animal welfare’ units within its training for Guide Dog Trainers, Guide Dog Instructors or Puppy Raising Staff/Volunteer Puppy Raisers and Kennel staff, there is a strong importance placed on animal welfare as an integral part of all training in relation to puppy and dog care, wellbeing and training practices.
Staff stay abreast of training techniques and positive welfare measures.
Guide Dogs Victoria has internal ISO Quality Assurance and management practices as well as internal/external auditing that supports this regular revision of how things are done, how they’re disseminated to staff, and processes are documented and procedures updated accordingly.
It is of the highest importance for dogs to be as healthy and as happy as possible so they are in the best condition to learn and to perform in their role as a dog guide for visually impaired people.
Dogs also need to be in optimum physical and temperamental health as they are so much in the public eye.
Guide Dogs Victoria provides information theory handbooks and in-house information sessions as well as full veterinary advice/support to puppy raising and Guide Dog handlers.
Guide Dog handlers usually have their own local vet and a routine health schedule to follow to ensure their Guide Dog is being seen and examined a minimum of twice yearly.
A copy of each health visit is sent back to Guide Dogs Victoria. Prepared by Mal Brown, Scarlet Consulting and Carolyn Munckton, CM Communications 61 AAWS Education and Training Stocktake Work, Sport, Recreation on Display FINAL REPORT – 1 February 2008 — AAWS Education and Training Stocktake Work, Sport, Recreation on Display FINAL REPORT – 1 February 2008 Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo http://www.zoo.org.au/ The Zoological Parks and Gardens Board oversees Victoria’s three public zoos: Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Appointed by the Victorian Environment Minister, the Board’s role is to protect and promote the zoos and their roles in conservation, research and education.
Together, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, has an extensive education program.
In particular, the focus is on ‘Discovery and Learning experience’ which offers a new way for learners of all ages to go ‘beyond the classroom’.
It connects people with animals, inspires curiosity and is vital in setting life-long values and attitudes toward the natural world.
Learning experiences are centred on topics to integrate learning areas and domains of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) which are embedded in all learning experiences offered.
Located at the Healesville Sanctuary is the Australian Wildlife Health Centre which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes view of a real wildlife hospital.
The Sanctuary’s vets have opened their working world so visitors to the hospital can get close-up views of vet staff treating injured and orphaned native animals.
Teacher and students resources are available and Fact Sheets about animals on the zoos’ website.
There are also professional development opportunities for teachers. 4th Australasian Regional Conditioning and Training Workshop Zoos Victoria hosted the 4th Australasian Regional Conditioning and Training Workshop, November 2007.
The workshop was titled Enjoying the art and science of conditioning and training. The guest speakers for this workshop provided an insight into the calibre of trainers who work in the area of animals on display. Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoological Park www.adelaidezoo.com.au/ www.monartozp.com.au/ The Monarto Zoological Park and the Adelaide Zoo are operated by the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia.
Adelaide Zoo is home to over 3,400 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited in magnificent botanic surroundings in 8 hectares.
Adelaide Zoo focuses on endangered and rare animals from continents which made up the super continent Gondwana – South America, India, Africa and Australia (also South East Asia).
The Zoology and Botany of these continents show interesting similarities and are the regions represented in the Zoo’s major exhibits; South East Asian Rainforest, Seal Bay, Australian Rainforest Wetlands walk-through aviary, Africa, South America, India, Nocturnal House and Reptile House.
Monarto Zoo is a 1,000 hectare open-range sanctuary undertaking a major role nationally and internationally in breeding programs for rare and endangered species.
The Zoo is located 70 km from Adelaide.
This unique adventure features the only drive through Cheetah habitat in Australia, South Australia’s first ever Southern White Rhinoceros, Australia’s largest Giraffe herd and the largest revegetation project of its kind in South Australia’s history! The Adelaide Zoo Education Service (AZES) offers programs and activities for school and community groups.
These programs and activities enable school children and the public to learn about animals, conservation and how the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia achieves its objectives: • conservation • education • research • recreation. Prepared by Mal Brown, Scarlet Consulting and Carolyn Munckton, CM Communications 69 AAWS Education and Training Stocktake Work, Sport, Recreation on Display FINAL REPORT – 1 February 2008 AZES Education Officers are qualified, widely experienced teachers with expertise at the Junior Primary, Primary and Secondary levels and in environmental education.
AZES has runs a travelling National Pharmacies Zoomobile that brings a specially trained collection of live Native Australian Fauna from the zoo – including marsupials, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects to schools and other groups. Perth Zoo www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/ From Australia to Africa, classrooms to camps, penguins to primates – Perth Zoo provides global as well local environmental education opportunities for students.
Education programs and resources are developed by our team of experienced educators.
Perth Zoo offers learning experiences link to Western Australia’s curriculum by connecting students with nature and empowering them to take positive action for our environment.
Perth Zoo Education has a wide-range of fun, educational programs that are run throughout the year.
There are teacher and classroom resources available. Private Zoos Australia Zoo – Home of the Crocodile Hunter www.australiazoo.com.au/ Australia Zoo, north of Brisbane, is owned and operated by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin.
Although best known for the crocodiles and the live crocodile feedings, the zoo is also known for featuring exhibits of other Australian wildlife, including koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, snakes, and (until 2006) a giant Galapagos tortoise called Harriet, who was generally acknowledged as the world’s oldest living chelonian when she died on June 23, 2006, at the age of 176.
The Zoo also features a smaller selection of animals from around the world, including elephants, tigers, cheetahs and Komodo Dragons, along with a wide range of birds.
Australia Zoo has a range of education programs and educational opportunities for visitors, including the chance to be a zoo keeper for a day.
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