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Hi all,

I'm a new Havanese owner and Lulu is 9 months old.
When is a good time to start therapy training?

I live in NYC

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the day you get them home. Never too early. Good for you. It's my favorite thing I wish I had time to get into. Let me know if you are looking for a good trainer. I could scout one out for you .

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how to get started and where to go. I live on the upper westside of Manhattan
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how to get started and where to go. I live on the upper westside of Manhattan
can I have your postal code.? sorry I'm from Canada. I meant zip code. LOL

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Check out this lady. If she doesn't get into the specifics I'm sure she will direct you to a dog friendly trainer. http://www.behaviormatters.com/

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here is the email address of another potential [email protected]

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Actually this second suggestion might be better. Call her first . Here is her info.

Virginia Hoffmann, CDBC, CPDT
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Virginia Hoffmann is a full time dog behavior consultant and pet dog trainer in New York City and the metropolitan area. She offers private consultations for all types of canine behavior problems including aggression as well as pet dog training at all levels. She served as a pet partner team evaluator for the Delta Society for several years and is an AKC CGC evaluator.

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Therapy dog training

Basically, it is obedience training ,such as sit, come, down, stay, and loose leash walking.

The evaluation for pet therapy usually is similar to the Canine Good Citizen test, without the last part, which is leaving the dog for 3 minutes with another person.

I have taken the therapy test prep course a couple of times with different dogs. They set up scenarios which are like visiting situations: Walking through a crowd with your dog, having your dog exposed to loud noises, things being dropped on the floor, people "arguing" in the area. There is also a "leave it" component and an exercise in which you walk past a neutral dog. In another part, the evaluator will touch your dog, including his legs and paws, give him a gentle bump, brush him lightly, hug him etc.

If your dog has the right temperament i.e. friendly and not scared, and you are willing to do the training, I think you will do fine.
I'm sure the trainers Dave has referred you to will know where and when these tests are given. The dog has to be a year old to take the test, but you can train and be ready by then.

You can get start to get Lulu ready now, by exposing her to different situations and have people other than you touch her, hug her, brush her etc.

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Basically, it is obedience training ,such as sit, come, down, stay, and loose leash walking.

The evaluation for pet therapy usually is similar to the Canine Good Citizen test, without the last part, which is leaving the dog for 3 minutes with another person.

I have taken the therapy test prep course a couple of times with different dogs. They set up scenarios which are like visiting situations: Walking through a crowd with your dog, having your dog exposed to loud noises, things being dropped on the floor, people "arguing" in the area. There is also a "leave it" component and an exercise in which you walk past a neutral dog. In another part, the evaluator will touch your dog, including his legs and paws, give him a gentle bump, brush him lightly, hug him etc.

If your dog has the right temperament i.e. friendly and not scared, and you are willing to do the training, I think you will do fine.
I'm sure the trainers Dave has referred you to will know where and when these tests are given. The dog has to be a year old to take the test, but you can train and be ready by then.

You can get start to get Lulu ready now, by exposing her to different situations and have people other than you touch her, hug her, brush her etc.
Great advice Nan .

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