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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-08-2007, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Therapy dogs!

I have considered starting Ollie in the Therapy Dog Program. Does anyone have any insight or experience with this?

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Catherine, Ollie has grown so much! look at those front legs... He looks so statuesque.




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I have heard that St.John's Ambulance offers courses/accreditation for therapy dogs, but I haven't checked into it yet.

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That would be GREAT Catherine, this is something I plan on doing with Riley and my new little guy. I have already taken Riley to a few classes and hope to take a class for his CGC this summer. The only problem I am having is sit/stay. In order to pass the test you have to be able to get your dog in a sit/stay position and be able to walk away 20 feet and back without him getting up to follow you (sorry no exceptions for velcro dogs LOL) My breeder told me he will do better at this as he gets older so I am hoping to give it a shot this summer. In order to be a Therapy dog you must pass the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Test. I wish you the best of luck and hope you decide to give it a try.

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Ohh, one more thing you may want to think about doing that would be fun is Freesyle Dancing.. Rily’s School is talking about adding a class which I would love to do seeing how he already loves to dance on his hind legs, spin and weave in and out of my legs..
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Too funny! I have read they have to be a year old - is that true? Can so understand the stay issue - he will for about 5 feet and then that velcro snaps and he comes running
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Rita will be able to help you out on this, she wants her new puppy to be a therapy dog. I bet she knows some infor, to share with you.

She is probably busy getting ready for her new little one, she gets Houston on Sat.
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Thx! Hope she does!
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I do not know that much about it but I do know you have to make a strong commitment once you are accepted . They expect you to show up every week same time as the patients become used to you .
I think some programs are more flexible than others . You have options as to where you want to visit - hospitals hospices senior homes , childrens wards .
I considered doing it with Asta but we travel in the summer and I could not make a weekly commitment all year round ..
Good luck . The people I know who have done it find it very rewarding and they say the dogs really make a difference ands seem to understand that they are making a difference in those peoples lives .
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Havs are great therapy dogs. We have several in threrapy dogs. Pam's parents live in an assisted living home with one of our retired females. She is a FANTASTIC therapy dog without any training. Everyone there loves her and she brightens their days.
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