Chico and Cali
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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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