Sunday, September 26, 2010

More Therapy Dog Training

Stay n Play started another prep, therapy dog class.  Since Nicole and I were in the beta class, we've been invited to participate in this next 6-week session.  Four signed up, but only two showed.  It's a good deal for Nicole and I because it keeps our dogs in training until classes are scheduled by Penny's From Heaven Foundation. 

Meet Bosley.  He has the sweetest face of which I forgot to take a photo because I was so fascinated with his apparatus.  He is just a sweetheart.  I will not forget to take of photo of his face next week.  :D  But, isn't Bosley a great name?!

Meet Tuxon.  Isn't he a beauty?  Of course, I might be prejudiced because he is almost a duplicate of Luc.

I just had to include a photo of Melany because she is so beautiful.  Melany was a little naughty this week because it has been rainy.  Her mom, Nicole, also has a 18-month-old girl who has decided she prefers walking to her stroller.  No way Nicole could walk Melany this week and her baby girl at the same time.  lol  I have to admit that while I wouldn't wish that any dog be a bit naughty, it does relieve my embarrassment when Luc acts up.  Nicole and I just roll our eyes at each other in complete understanding when Luc or Melany acts up. 

Laura, our trainer, was going over the Canine Good Citizen stations with the new dogs to the group.  Well, at the Shaking Hands station, Luc goes behind my back to investigate Bosley.  The dogs are not to cross over to investigate the other.  Secondly, at the Supervised Separation station, Luc decided to whine when I left.  Fortunately, he did not whine when taking the test.  To dogs and especially Luc, every minute of each day is a new minute.  If he wants to do something, he'll ignore all training and do it.  He is better, but he "ain't" perfect.  :D  We need all the training we can get.  At least Luc is not like Marley of "Marley and Me."  Marley was kicked out of several obedience classes; Luc is close but not quite.  But, that's another story.  :D

Until next time, God bless.


Ms. Diva said...

How fabulous! My Max is a CGC dog and he took his therapy dog test, which he passed all of his tests except he just couldn't NOT look at other dogs. Oh well! He is my running partner now and I love him therapy certified or not!!

DJan said...

Oh, Bosley is just so precious. I also would have been fascinated by his apparatus. Thanks for keeping me posted on the antics of the dogs as they are learning the ropes...

The Japanese Redneck said...

Hey Lynn,

You probably were not reading my blog when one of our dogs became paralyzed for some unknown reason for a couple of months.

We made him a contraption to get him up off the ground. We could not afford to pay the price for one of those kind. And didn't know if he was going to use it at the time he was sick.

But thankfully he is able to walk now. Still has pain issues, but is much better.

SquirrelQueen said...

Melany is so cute. It probably does help both you and Nicole to know other dogs make mistakes too. Bosley's apparatus is fascinating.

I am really enjoying seeing this training process. While I knew therapy dogs went through training I had no idea how intense it really was.

lisaschaos said...

They all look like lovely dogs! Bosley has a huge spirit! :0)