Dogs to Ride in Elevators
While the number seems excessive -- it's hard to know without seeing first hand the types of dogs and the size of the elevator (think 10 Paps in a freight elevator might be a tad different than say 10 Goldens or Newfs).
That said, and I mention this because I work in both assistance and AAA/AAT work, in 99.9% cases you have some discretion in these types of situations, and good AAA/AAT programs will emphasize that a human handler be aware of their individual dog's needs, and not put them in situations that will create undue stress.
In terms of whether dogs *can* be conditioned to accept this type of scenario...Sure....as with anything, it takes time, patience, breaking the task down into small components, and really high rates of reinforcement. So it's definitely feasible -- and some dogs, for whatever reason, don't seem to have major space issues with other dogs...then again, other's have *huge* definitions of what their personal space is (smile).\Elevators have more than a few components that are interesting to look at from a training perspective, and make for some interesting ongoing training for those with assistance partners.
Lots of great training issues involved in teaching dogs to ride comfortably on elevators. My preference at the moment, is to approach it in two parallel training avenues...
The latter can be accomplished away from elevators, and allows you more control over the situations, and increases ability to make sure it is an ongoing positive experience.
Again, lot's of great training opportunities here for positive reinforcement -- but the bottom line is, a good AAA/AAT program will encourage you to be aware of your dog's stressor points, and not place them in situations where they will be overwhelmed.
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