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Old 08-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Lucy and i recently became an animal assisted therapy team and I'm wondering who else on this forum is an AAT team? Are there enough of us to warrant our own forum? i'm not sure where to post questions?

I'd also be interested in what therapy organization you're registered in, TDI, Delta, B&B, etc?

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Old 08-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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CONGRATULATIONS!! I think just having a thread like this is a good idea, at least for now as there may be others interested in therapy and we can all learn together!

We are currently in training with Delta (Rx Pets) and will have our evaluation in mid October ... I had a lot of family things come up over the summer (illnesses, surgery, etc) and I didn't have as much time as I was hoping to work with Tillie, so honestly, I really don't think she will pass the test ... but we're going to try!! I figure she's barely 2, still a puppy ... she'll pass eventually!

The hardest things for her are simply being around big dogs without freaking out. I am working REALLY hard on this, going several times a week to a very populated walking area and typically put her in a sit/stay (with treats) as the other dogs walk by. As long as she is totally focussed on me, she doesn't react what so ever. BUT I have had several big dog dog owners that are CLUELESS and let thier giant dog come sniff Tillie's (sitting) rear end! Which of course freaks her out and the fear crying starts up and it's back to step one. sigh. I try to run interferance and be 50 steps ahead of us so I can head off a problem before there IS a problem, but sometimes they just come out of no where!
Another issue she has is the jumping on people ... sigh ... we are works in progress for sure ... I think when it comes to the test it will be a miracle if we pass. But we're gonna try!!

When do you go on your first visit??
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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TDI. two dogs currently registered and my previous dog was registered as well. congrats!
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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Congratulations!

Cody & Tess are both Therapy Dogs through Therapy Dogs, Inc. One or the other does weekly visits with hospice patients.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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The hardest things for her are simply being around big dogs without freaking out. I am working REALLY hard on this, going several times a week to a very populated walking area and typically put her in a sit/stay (with treats) as the other dogs walk by. As long as she is totally focussed on me, she doesn't react what so ever. BUT I have had several big dog dog owners that are CLUELESS and let thier giant dog come sniff Tillie's (sitting) rear end! Which of course freaks her out and the fear crying starts up and it's back to step one. sigh. I try to run interferance and be 50 steps ahead of us so I can head off a problem before there IS a problem, but sometimes they just come out of no where!
I am sure you want Tillie to be at ease around big dogs just for general peace of mind - but correct me if I'm wrong, in a therapy setting - the dogs are not allowed to sniff each other, especially each other's rear ends because this can start an altercation. Is this correct? So as long as she is around well-behaved large dogs who do not come to sniff her (other tested large dogs), she should be okay? Louis dislikes rude dogs of any size sniffing him, so I understand where you are coming from.

My cat was a therapy cat for some time, and we attended classes to pass a CGC type of test. My cat did really well traveling in a car, being around a group of dogs, and she even did some obedience - sit, stay, come, wave. She's a strange cat because she actually loves new environments, people, and children. We visited several nursing homes and she loved every minute of it!

I've always wanted to enroll my standard poodle into therapy work but he gets WAY to excited around people. He is very handsy and ends up punching people and I cannot have that kind of behavior with children and the elderly. I'd love for Louis to be a therapy dog, but he is scared of strangers and kids!

Good luck to everyone who is doing therapy work! It's a real treat to see the smiles on peoples faces when they pet therapy animals.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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I didn't know cats could be therapy animals!!! awesome! our oldest cat would have LOVED that type of 'work' as she LOVES everyone ALL the time, to the point of being annoying as she is always all over guests!! LOL

Yes, I am hoping things will go smoothly and that the other dogs are well behaved and respect Tillie's SPACE!!
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:44 PM   #7
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #8
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I've been working Sonic towards the TDI. He got his CGC in June and we are currently going through the CGC class with Aries, so I haven't had a chance to get Sonic TDI tested yet. I figure sometime this fall after Aries takes her CGC evaluation and I have a little more time to focus directly with Sonic and the TDI test.

I just don't see Aries as a therapy dog because she's a lot shyer about meeting people and letting them pet her. We will probably do some basic agility with her if she enjoys it as much as I anticipate.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:09 AM   #9
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I hope that Ted can be a therapy dog.One of the reasons I picked Havanese was for that very reason.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:31 AM   #10
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That's really great I appreciate it. Even I love to take care of dogs. As a therapist you are doing a awesome job. Animals need assistance all the time, specially pets because they are away from their basic environment. So keep it up...
Just as a clarification for those who don't know about "therapy dogs" ... the dogs aren't in therapy, they are acting as the "therapist" for people. In my case, Cody and Tess go to hospitals/nursing homes/private homes to visit hospice patients. If it's someone very near the end of life I take Tess who just lays on the bed with her head on their leg/lap. If they can, the patient pets her or just lays their hand on her, and smiles. Other times I take Cody who can do tricks for them or just lay with them. The dogs are also a great comfort/distraction for the families who are dealing with the upcoming loss of a loved one.
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