Assistance Dog Education Program and Training (ADEPT)
ADEPT is an innovative intern partnership between PawPADs and the University of Wisconsin River Falls. It unites PawPADs’ positive training methods and philosophy with the UWRF mission to “help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.”
How Does The Program Work?
The ADEPT internship program, unique within the UW system and nationwide, is distinct from traditional campus programs involving assistance dog puppy-raising experiences and training.
ADEPT interns are provided professional training instruction and opportunities for application, as well as opportunities for broader collaboration within the industry and the community. In exchange, the internship requires a serious and dedicated commitment of time, patience and teamwork on the part of the student.
Designed for students with a serious interest in assistance dog training and placement, the ADEPT internship program is a multi-semester 2 credit opportunity through the internship program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES). Students are provided with small group and individual professional training, guidance and learning opportunities that translate directly into employable training skill sets upon graduation.
Interns are responsible for the training, socialization and welfare of the ADEPT assistance dogs in-training. Activities and responsibilities include: high level socialization/public access training,
obedience skills and task training; providing physical assistance and performing tasks useful to a person with a physical mobility challenge, such as retrieves, turning on lights, alerting to blood sugar changes and opening doors. Each student is responsible for the daily care, supervision, training, and sanitation of dogs involved in the program.
Interested in bringing ADEPT to your institution?
- An established curriculum and extensive experience training both dogs and people.
- A mission statement specifically focused on the educational aspect of training dogs.
- Complete package of skills and knowledge developed by pioneers in the field.
- Broad, up-to-date, and relevant Continuing Education experience.
- In-depth experience within the University of Wisconsin and Federal Bureau of Prisons systems.