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One of our favorite guide dog puppy training events of the year is the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Service Animal Training. Dublin and I had the opportunity to attend this wonderful event last year and lucky for us Dublin gets a second chance to enjoy this awesome event.
If you are training a service animal and live in the southern California area we highly recommend that you try and make it out to the Fullerton Park and Ride this Saturday, October 1st, 2011 from 8am-12pm. OCTA does a great job allowing you and your puppy in training to work on riding the bus and getting on an off using both the steps and the ramp.
Not only does OCTA provide bus training for service dogs in training, but they also give you a courtesy pass into Knott’s Berry Farm where your puppy gets the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a major amusement park.
OCTA Bus Training And Knott’s Berry Farm
Some of our favorite parts about OCTA Bus Training are:
- You get to experience riding the bus with your puppy in training
- You get dropped off right outside Knott’s Berry Farm where there are a ton of live chickens hanging around…another great experience for your pup
- You get a courtesy pass into Knott’s Berry Farm
- Applications for OCTA Bus Mobility Trainer are available. This No-Fare Identification card allows a Trainer/Handler to ride the OCTA fixed-route system free of charge with a Service Animal
Just in case you missed last years episode of Puppy In Training TV. Here is Dublin’s puppy training video from our OCTA Service Animal Training experience:
OCTA Service Animal Training Details
Here’s the letter received from the Orange County Transportation Authority on this years Service Animal Training. Of course we had to include an image of Dublin at last years training. During training they allow you to walk on and off the bus using the regular stairs and as seen in this picture the bus operator also extended the ramp for us to walk across. Hope to see you all at the Fullerton Park n Ride!
Orange County Transportation Authority
Service Animal Training Day
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 2011 8:00am-12:00pm
All Service Animal Trainers/Handlers:
You are cordially invited to OCTA’s annual Service Animal Training day with your Service Animals in training! This is an opportunity to add the experience of riding an OCTA transit bus, including the sights and sounds of beautiful downtown Buena Park and Knott’s Berry Farm into your training program!
Training Day: October 1st, 8:00am to 12:00pm at:
Fullerton Park and Ride (Stalls 1 & 2)
3000 West Orangethorpe
Fullerton, CA 92833
Check-In: Beginning at 7:30am, sign-in and pick-up your Knott’s Berry Farm courtesy entrance bracelet (Good only for AM entry and shopping – No Rides). Then, enjoy unlimited practice boarding, riding, and alighting an OCTA transit bus along a designated training route. Departure shall be every 20-minutes with training stops along the way.
Training Route Schedule
Bus A Departs at: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am & 12:00pm*
Bus B Departs at: 8:20am, 9:20am, 10:20am, 11:20am
Bus C Departs at: 8:40am, 9:40am, 10:40am, 11:40am
*Note: The last bus at 12:00pm will be “pick-up” only – No Stops!
Training Route via FP&R: (R) Orangethorpe, (R) Magnolia, (R) La Palma,
(L) Dale, (R) Lincoln, (R) Beach, (R) La Palma, (L) Magnolia, (L) Into FP&R.
Check-Out: It is very important that you sign-out, as we account for each rider returning safely!
For agencies within Orange County, applications for OCTA Bus Mobility Trainer will be available. This No-Fare Identification card allows a Trainer/Handler to ride the OCTA fixed-route system free of charge with a Service Animal.
Do you plan on going to OCTA Service Animal Training this year? Have you gone in the past? We’d love to here your experiences. Hopefully we see there this year!
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