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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2007, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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I have been seriously thinking about having Lexi and maybe Logan trained to be therapy dogs. I just have NO idea where to start, or go
Do they need to go thru training? Be certified in some way? How do you find places where they can go??
I appreciate any info anyone can give me. Thanks!!

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The best way for you to start is to think about where you would want to go and then call that facility and ask their requirements. Here in Columbus, most of the nursing homes require a AKC CGC http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm
This is often a good place to start because it helps your dog be comfy in those situations too. Dora prefers this because we do tricks, show obedience, and then do a shorter dog on person interaction.

However, Hospitals have different requirements depending on the facility. OSU hospital (where I take the maltese) requires a TDI certificate and you have to pass a meeting and training session with the hospital person. http://www.tdi-dog.org/

There is another hospital here that does Delta Dogs. http://www.deltasociety.org/
I had a bad first time experience with them, so I stuck with TDI. They are known to be more strict. Dora failed their exam because they brushed her while standing on the ground above her and she ran away. I think she was scared the woman was going to fall on her! They do require a bath before every visit too but I have a friend who loves their program. I think it just depends on the people, you work with.

The best bed though to find out how to train and get ready is to check facilities you would be intersted in. Let me know if you find out and I can help you with any training you need and point you in a better direction!

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In Canada you go through the "St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program" I don't know if there is the same kind of thing in the US. If I were you I would start with the "Canine Good Citizens" I think you have to pass that first. Good luck, I'm sure it will be great.

Amanda & I posted at the same time, don't mean to duplicate.

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I really like the idea of Hav's as "Therapy Dogs". When My Wife and I brought Radar over to my Parents house my Gramma who is 76 years young really took to Radar right away which makes me think he will most likely make a good Therapy Dog.

I think the certification is a very good idea because Radar is prone to distractions like other noises and items on the floor like most puppies his age are. They like to explore and get into things. I would really like Radar to be a more mature Hav sometimes but I know that's not always possible for his age eventhough he has the capacity to learn like an adult dog well then why can't he be mature like an adult dog......Hmmmm....something to consider..
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This was my original goal when I got Riley but quickly realized he is way too rowdy so we started agility. I am hoping as he gets older he will come down and we may be able to try.
Now Monte is a different story, he loves to sit in peoples lap and snuggle so I have started his basic obedience classes. I will see how these classes go and then decide what direction to take towards the end of these classes. I am very lucky the place my boys go to school also has a CGC prep course and majority of the trainers for all their classes are AKC certified CGC evaluators.

Here is a link to my boys school cgc test, it gives you a nice little break down of 10 items on the test.

http://www.geminidogs.com/obedience_...procedures.htm

Best of luck to you, I think this is a wonderful thing we can do with our kids and hope to have a least one of my boys certified if not both some day.

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Sounds good enough with the ten points. I'm sure Radar could get the hang of it he just needs to work on his distractions. Whenever I'm training and My Wife comes in the room well it's right out the window with that. Radar just gets too distracted and cannot concentrate with what we are doing. He also likes people so he might jump up on someome if he meets them for the first time.....I think he's very trusting sometimes.
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Thanks for the info guys. In looking at the test requirements I think I need to work on some things first. Of course Lexi would fail #1 cause she wants to greet the person, not sit at my side - def. something to think about and work on!! I have put all these websites on my favorites & will let you know how it goes!!
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Laurie,

Good luck and keep us posted. I didn't start anything with Houston yet. Bad Mom. Is there someone you know who has a cane, walker etc. and you can see how he reacts? I take Houston to see my Mom who has a cane and is on oxygen. I was surprised how he acts different with her. He is very gentle with her and never once went to bite her oxygen cord (thank God).

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Here are a few Organizations that I've come across in my reading...although I haven't looked into any of them yet.

Maybe they will help you with your quest--

Therapy Dog International

Pets Helping People

National Therapy Dog Organization

Good Luck!
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I was in the same boat. My grandmother passed away about 8 months ago. She had been in a nursing home before she passed away and they would let me bring Brady with when I came to see her. He was just a puppy then. Everyone there loved him! It is really funny how they know when to behave sometimes. Brady would walk up to wheelchairs and patiently wait for someone to tell him to put two paws up so they could pet him. My grandmother was bedridden at the end and he would snuggle right in next to her (he never sat still any other time). She would let go of my hand and reach over and pet him. After she passed away, I kept saying I was going to look into him becoming a therapy dog since he loved visiting her and the other people there so much. Unfortunatly, I am not the best at training so I am not sure I could get so far as to pass the CGC test.


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