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Old 01-26-2014, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As part of the Therapy Dog program, a local Elementary School has a "Read" program, and Maggie and I have been invited to participate.

My thought is to show a short "Power Point" presentation regarding the German Shepherd. I would use just a brief history of the GSD to include pictures of GS's at work...asking a few simple questions of the children if they know where they are use to serve society. Of course the presentation would include a very brief discussion as to the origin of the GSD and the dog that is consider responsible for their popularity.....Rin Tin Tin.

I would appreciate thoughts and suggestions to help me make this idea work.

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Old 01-26-2014, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The read programs by me just require the dogs to be present when it's reading time. I would keep it short and point out the best traits of the breed. Depending on the age group, they will probably just bd thinking they are police dogs.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i like your ideas. give a demonstration of your dog
following your commands.

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As part of the Therapy Dog program, a local Elementary School has a "Read" program, and Maggie and I have been invited to participate.

My thought is to show a short "Power Point" presentation regarding the German Shepherd. I would use just a brief history of the GSD to include pictures of GS's at work...asking a few simple questions of the children if they know where they are use to serve society. Of course the presentation would include a very brief discussion as to the origin of the GSD and the dog that is consider responsible for their popularity.....Rin Tin Tin.

I would appreciate thoughts and suggestions to help me make this idea work.

Much thanks,
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That's wonderful! What a great project!

Don't forget Strongheart, the original movie star:

Strongheart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

or Buddy, a very famous guide dog:

Morris Frank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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was Buddy the first guide dog?

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That's wonderful! What a great project!

Don't forget Strongheart, the original movie star:

Strongheart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

or Buddy, a very famous guide dog:

Morris Frank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Not in the whole world, but here in the USA. Link, huh.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Maybe I have ADD, but if I were a kid, I'd be bored with a powerpoint. I'd want to touch your dog and see what tricks and commands she knows. For me a one sentence that GSDs came from Germany 100 yrs ago would work.

Being that your dog's name is Maggie, it reminded me of a book I just finished, Suspect by Robert Crais. The main character is a LAPD cop with PTSD and a GSD named Maggie that has PTSD from fighting in afghanistan, she could detect bombs. Rather than focus on history, make a simple presentation of how these dogs are used , make it relevant to today. How these dogs are used to help police and military, the blind as seeing eye dogs, search and rescue,etc.
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And for the kids that might be afraid, I'd stay away from the IPO bite photos.

I think this is a great project! From experience though (doing career days) only pictures in the part point, and find a GSD relayed reading book

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Thanks for all the suggestions......To answer some: Yes, Maggie will be present and yes I will show the kids how she works with "hand signals only". I do want to keep the presentation very short, as I assume the attention span may be short, and mostly they the kids will be more interested in Maggie, than this old guy..... I agree there is no need to show the children the IPO dog work. All pictures will be positive in nature and such as a Police Officer and his K9 buddy, Military Police Dogs at work, and Search and Rescue Dogs. The recommendation on Seeing Eye Dogs, and Buddy is a great idea.
Any other idea will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to all...........
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Yeah, some things you'd definitely want to stay away from. I was going to add links to the GSDs who've mourned their masters' passing, and sat at their graves - then I thought WTF, lol. What a depressing subject, poor kids!
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