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??