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Maya is taking the therapy test on Sunday. She has not had the workshop class. Any last minute things I should work on with her before Sunday. She is a pretty laid back dog.
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I'd say work on being startled. When I was walking Bodi, they would drop a large book on the ground behind us to see how he reacted. They also tested him on hearing a siren, etc. Also, if you have the equipment, having your dog see people moving with a walker or rolling in a wheel chair. I had those at home, so got him use to the items and the sounds they make.

Congrats on going for being a therapy team! I'm sure you'll do great






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Thanks, other than the loud noises, she should be great.

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The test items I worry about for my dogs are:

1) being left alone with a stranger
2) not eating the tasty treat off the floor
3) an about heel.
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In Vermont the CGC test involves leaving a dog with a stranger but the Therapy dog test doesn't as you are a team. I think that is a weird test I can't imagine leaving my dog with a stranger anyway!

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In Vermont the CGC test involves leaving a dog with a stranger but the Therapy dog test doesn't as you are a team. I think that is a weird test I can't imagine leaving my dog with a stranger anyway!
That's AKC for you! How many of us would leave our dog, loose, in a stay fo 3-5 minutes, and go out of sight... Particularly in a group of other dogs! Who makes up these things?!?!


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Yes I know, that line up of dogs on down stays together seems very odd and dangerous. I took a CGC class and Atticus did fine when I went out of sight (around the corner in the room) but was whining when I had to leave the building for 3 mins. I'd do more than whine if he left the building with out me!!! I DO get that a strong stay is important but they could proof that with balls, food, other dogs (on leash) walking by etc!!!

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I've been doing therapy dog work for 3 years. It is important that a therapy dog be okay with being left with another person on a leash for a few minutes. The owner cannot always take the dog to the bathroom, for instance. The dog doesn't have to be perfectly cool and collected but it cannot act like a wild child whlle you are out of sight.

The leave it command is very important. Pills and other stuff can be dropped on the floor. Uno particularly is very fond of popcorn that has fallen. People in nursing homes also often stash food in their wheelchairs and around their bed.

Hospitals and nursing homes are just full of loud noises--food carts in particular can be noisy getting on and off the elevators.

I'd say work on the task (if it is required by your certifying org) where your dog and you are walking and greet another handler and dog in passing. Your dog must remain under your control and not growl or try to jump to the passing person and dog.

You will do great.
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I don't think AKC will ever do away with out of sight sit/stay for open. It does frighten me that there are so many exhibitors that will "give it a try" even though they well realize their dog is not ready or, even worse, doesn't have the temperament to even be in the same room with another dog. It's a people problem. I think the penalty for breaking an out of sight should be more than just an NQ and a dog that starts something should be banned.

It would have been great (to me) if the dogs in out of sights could be placed by size or group (toys with toys, etc.).

I hope the preferred classes are successful and I sure plan on supporting them. I've heard some very competitive people (OTCH) say they plan to participate in preferred too. And some of them were the very people who thought this class was a terrible idea. I really do not think an OTCH dog should be allowed to do this. But that's just me.
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