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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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My new therapy dog :)

Dasher passed it no problem the first try!!! I was a bit nervous as there was a yellow lab in there (Dasher plays with one every week in agility) but he left him alone when I told him to- Dasher just loves other dogs. He was even good enough to put his paws up on the wheel chair to greet. It was a pretty intense therapy dog test as they work with some very special groups so they are very thorough and even write up things you need to work on. The nice thing is we can see what Dasher likes the best- nursing homes, battered shelter, autistic children, etc. They have about 30 locations they visit monthly.

What I am most proud of is how he has such an amazing temperament where he just knows what to do- within a week, he has done agility, rally, and passed therapy dog test. He just treats everything with such an outgoing personality and either jumps around like crazy dog or puts his head on someone's lap However, we need to work on kissing. Cause everyone thinks little lap dogs love kisses- well Dasher doesn't like strangers kissing his head. We have been working on it but have some more work in that department.

On another small brag, Isabelle also passed- she had to be re-certified through this organization but she stole the show of course. She will be working on not barking or rolling over and throwing your legs up when someone quits petting you. And we will be training everyone to not enable her!


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Congratulations, Amanda! Your dedication to the furballs and their activities is amazing. Belle and Dashe look gorgeous.

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Congratulations Amanda . I tip my hat off to you. I know it can be a challenging course. This is a great service to do and I wish you all the best.

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Way to go Amanda, Dasher, and Belle! You are an inspiration to us all!

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She will be working on not barking or rolling over and throwing your legs up when someone quits petting you.
Cute . . . she needs "lack of continual petting" therapy

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That is soooooooooooooooo wonderful! I would love to do something like that! How long does the class take and what sort of things do you need to work on?



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Well I didn't do the class myself as I was familiar with it from Belle and Dora but I think that would be very helpful to know what to practice at home too. I had Dasher take the CGC as a puppy as that is more about obedience and control- he already had that certification. He had to retake those 10 steps again but then I knew from my previous testing that he had to be ready for loud noises, awkward petting, random equipment. One of the things they did that I didn't prepare for was surround the dog and grab his ears, tail, etc all at once. They do this as they said the children camps can be very overwhelming. They did tell some of the dogs who passed that they would probably not want to do that visit depending on how their dogs interacted. It can be very scary for a dog- this is where belle laid on her back and started barking! I didn't prepare her but a lot of it is how a dog naturally is as wel.

So a lot of it is just doing as much socialization as you can with various people and places. Some things we did at home- drop cookie sheet on the tile floor and say uh oh. It is fine if your dog looks or backs a little. Not making a big deal out of loud noises or tipped over items. Just think of things that honestly happen at nursing facilities- falling, walkers, etc. The home stores like lowes and home depot are great as there are carts, loud noises, etc. Some allow dogs, some don't. Going to crowded places- downtown areas or schools is great as well.

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Way to go, Dash & Belle! Like we had any doubt.

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I can only repeat what I said on FB: you are a very great dog mommy!!!

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Congratulations!!!

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You are an inspiration, Amanda. I've dreamed of doing this because I think Max would be excellent. Yet, here I sit. Reading other people's experiences.

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