Evaluations

Professional Dog Trainers, Owner Trainers and Service Dog Handlers all want to ensure Service dogs are safely and accurately working to help mitigate their handlers disability. The best way to do this is to have the service dog evaluated by an unbiased Evaluator. This evaluator can then measure the dogs skills against a set standard to determine if they are in fact performing those tasks appropriately.  Prior to be evaluated all dogs must be cleared by a Veterinarian. Once you apply for an Evaluation, you will be given a Vet Clearance form by your Evaluator. 

 

How do I request an Evaluation?

 

In order to request an evaluation you must first become a member of O.D.O.R. Service Dogs Inc.. There are several levels of membership: 

 

Professional Level Membership is designed for Professional Dog Trainers of all kinds as well as owners looking to owner train their service dog as it gives you full access to all the Guidelines for the Titles as well as Scent Preparation Instructions and other great benefits outlined on the Membership page.

 

Handler Level Membership is designed for an owner working with a Professional Level Member who wants their dog evaluated and wants to have access to great discounts, a Handler Level Facebook group and discounted processing fees for evaluations.

 

Guest Level Membership is designed for those looking to request an evaluation but who doesn't want access to the discounts, documents and support of the other Membership levels. 

We believe in providing free public Standards to help owners prepare their dogs for these Evaluations and to set goals that all Service Dogs should strive to meet, you can access a free overview for all our current Titles by clicking here.  

 

Once you are a member you can request an Evaluation from your Membership Account or from the My Evaluations page. There is a $15.00 processing fee for evaluations requested by Handler or Professional Members a fee of $30.00 will be charged for Guests. Prior to requesting an Evaluation you must find an Evaluator. You can use the Evaluator Directory to find an O.D.O.R. Service Dogs Inc. Public Access Test and/or Scent Evaluator. 

 

How to become an O.D.O.R. Service Dogs Inc.

Obedience and/or Scent Evaluator

 

O.D.O.R. Service Dogs Inc. mission is to make sure that Service Dogs are working to a standard that ensures they can properly and safely help their handler. We created these Titles so that service dogs teams can have their skills accessed to make sure they are working to that high level. Creating the Titles was a groundbreaking first step but we must also have Evaluators able to assess the dogs requesting to be evaluated. We have created a multiple step process outlined below to become an Evaluator for O.D.O.R. Service Dog Inc. These steps were created to assess the skills of each applicant and make sure each individual Evaluator is qualified to evaluate Service Dog teams either in Obedience, Scent Detection or both.  

All Evaluators must be a Professional Member of O.D.O.R Service Dog Inc in good standing.

A non refundable $80.00 application fee is required when applying individually for Obedience or Scent Evaluator status. If you apply for both at the same time the fee is $120.00.  

Prerequisites to become an Evaluator

 

  • All applicants must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience working with dogs in any core area, or a minimum of 300 hours working with service dogs. No more than ⅔ of the overall hours can be training done with a personal dog. 

    • All applicants for PAT Evaluator must provide a log showing they have a minimum of 150 hours of training time, specifically related to obedience training, over a minimum of one (1) year. Internship/Mentor ship hours are recommended. Hours spent observing training under an internship/mentor ship but not actively involved in training should be limited to no more than half (75 hours) of the total hours logged.

    • All applicants for Scent Evaluator must provide a log showing they have a minimum of 150 hours of training time, specifically related to scent training, over a minimum of one (1) year. Internship/Mentor ship hours are recommended. Hours spent observing training under an internship/mentor ship but not actively involved in training should be limited to no more than half (75 hours) of the total hours logged.

    • All applicants for both Scent and PAT Evaluator must provide a log showing they have a minimum of 300 hours training time, with 150 hours specifically related to scent training over a minimum of one (1) year, and a minimum of 150 hours specifically related to obedience training over a minimum of one (1) year. Internship/Mentor ship hours are recommended. Hours spent observing training in either scent or obedience training under an internship/mentor ship but not actively involved in training should be limited to no more than half (75 hours) of the total hours logged in either discipline. 

    • Note: O.D.O.R. Service Dogs Inc does not validate hours, and these are only a recommendation for the skills needed before working in the specialized area of detection service dogs. A core knowledge of pet dog training is required before advancing into the area of service work.

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED is required to apply. 

  • Letter of Recommendation from a client in reference to a dog the applicant has worked with, or a dog the applicant worked with during an internship or mentor ship program.

  • Letter of Recommendation from a Dog Training Professional or Veterinarian.

  • Must read and sign or Evaluator Contract agreeing to the code of ethics and our guidelines

Sample Evaluations must be completed to become an Evaluator

  • If applying for Obedience Evaluator status, the applicant must evaluate and score three (3) PAT videos with written observations for each element, including three (3) Evaluator Score Sheets. 

  • If applying for Scent Evaluator status, the applicant must evaluate and score three Scent videos (Gluten/Allergen and/or Medical), plus one scored Obedience video, including four (4) Evaluator Score Sheets.

  • If applying for both Scent Evaluator and Obedience Evaluator status, the applicant must evaluate and score three (3) Obedience videos, and also evaluate and score three (3) Scent test videos, including six (6) Evaluator Score Sheets.

If you wish to become an Evaluator head over to our Membership Page and become a Professional Member. You will have immediate access to our Professional Membership area where you can review all the testing materials and receive detailed instructions on how to apply to become an Evaluator. 

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