What is the purpose of the Co-Train Instructors Academy (COTIA)?
The purpose of COTIA is to empower amateur and professional dog trainers to begin Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) training programs. COTIA provides the coaching, curriculum, experience and materials to allow you to replicate our program in your home community.
I want to train a PSD for my own personal use. Is COTIA for me?
If your only interest is in training a dog for yourself, COTIA is not the program for you. If you live in Ohio, please check out Buckeye Service Dog's Co-Train program. http://www.buckeyeservicedogs.com/operation-co-train/
Is Buckeye Service Dogs a member of Assistance Dogs International?
No. Assistance Dogs International only accepts non-profit organizations as members. Buckeye Service Dogs is private company and therefore not a member of Assistance Dogs International.
If I am trained through COTIA, could my program become a member of Assistance Dogs International?
That would depend upon whether your program met the criteria established by Assistance Dogs International. https://assistancedogsinternational.org/members/membership/
How long is the COTIA course?
COTIA is two weeks long. Plan on arriving Friday, August 7, 2020 and departing at the end of the day on Friday, August 21.
What is the goal of COTIA?
To provide you with everything you need to go home and begin a psychiatric service dog training program at your location.
When will the first COTIA course begin?
We intend to launch COTIA in August of 2020. We are announcing it far in advance so that individuals and programs can make the necessary financial and logistical arrangements.
How much does COTIA cost?
For our innaugural August 2020 course, our tuition is $15,000 per student. An additional student from the same company or organization may attend free of charge providng that person has been associated with the organization as a staff or volunteer for no less than two years (documentation required).
Why does COTIA cost so much?
A quick search on Google lists the average cost of a single psychiatric service dog at $20,000 to $30,000.
Should I bring a dog?
A portion of our curriculum is devoted to teaching service dog tasks. So, you will need a dog to teach.
How is Buckeye Service Dogs related to COTIA?
Christy Talbert, owner of Buckeye Service Dogs, has been training service dogs since 1980. BSD has several programs:
Why do I have to be a dog trainer to attend COTIA?
Dog training is a discipline in itself. We cannot teach you to be a professional dog trainer in two weeks. This is why dog training experience is prerequisite to attending COTIA.
How do I know that COTIA will be worth my time and expense?
The best way to gauge the worth of our programs is to hear from those we have impacted: Our clients and their families. Please visit our testimonial page and discover for yourself the benefits of our Co-Train program, after which our COTIA curriculum is modeled.
What is BSD's reason for offering COTIA?
I (Christy Talbert) have been training service dogs since 1980. At this writing I am 55 years old, and can say without hesitation that assisting persons with disabilities through providing service dogs has been my life's work.