Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
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Ivy- When Maddie was evaluated for therapy dog, I was told that if I noticed any behavior that indicated Maddie was stressed or not enjoying a situation, we should leave immediately. They also said that if Maddie seemed tired, we didn't have to stay for the usual time. So far, Maddie loves her therapy dog activities. She lays for a full hour for our weekly Read to Rover, and even looks likes she's enjoying it when the children show her the pictures. And she enjoys the attention that she gets from the Alzheimer patients. She actually jumped up and sat next to a lady sitting on a couch. She gets excited just to see the building. Some nursing homes have strange smells, and that may affect Gryff's behavior. Our facility is very nice and very clean, so that helps. I'd keep Gryff's visits short and maybe only visit a few people and leave. Maybe have the patients give him a treat. Maddie is 2 years old, and Gryff is still young. Give it some time and then reevaluate.
Jeanne (Mom to Maddie)