Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Therapy Dog Training, Part III

Today was our first field trip to the Stonebridge Health Center.  One of the  Stay N Play ladies' mother is at Stonebridge and a willing trouper in the therapy dog training.

We are getting the dogs use to the new smells, sounds, and activity before going into the health center.  Betty in purple is a dog lover, willing trouper, and is petting Zimi Run. 

Luc and me after about a 30 minute calm down phase.  He gets so excited that it takes about 20-30 minutes for him to not be in overdrive.  I used his ball to wear him down a bit and discovered that I need to pack handiwipes on the next field trip.   In addition, I'm going to try a "gentle leader" to see if it will aid in his remaining calm and sensible when we first arrive someplace.  If the "gentle leader" works,  I'll go back to the regular leash.   

 We are inside Stonebridge!  I was very nervous about what Luc might do; however, he did pretty well.  He wants to kiss any and everyone.  So, this week's homework is to teach him to kiss on invitation only and to not kiss indiscriminately.  Melany, the Golden Retriever, gets excited too but seems to be more predictable than Luc. 

This is Darla, Zimi Run, and Betty.  Zimi is an old hand at this sort of outing.  She has been visiting Betty regularly for some time and has all the therapy dog behaviors down pat.  But, in order to become a certified therapy dog, Zimi must pass the Canine Good Citizen test.  Greyhounds do not like to sit; they stand or lay down.  As mentioned last week, the American Kennel Club does not make any special exceptions for breeds or handicaps.  Darla is working with Zimi to get her to sit; and once accomplished, Zimi will pass the CGC test and then go on to become a certified therapy dog.   Each therapy dog organization has its own rules and tests.  This training is a prep course so the dogs can pass the organization's criteria --- hopefully.  :D

Until next time, God bless.


SquirrelQueen said...

Luc has come a long way, it doesn't seem all that long ago that he was the one in control and pulling you around. Great job by both of you.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm glad he's doing so well!