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Old 01-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #31 (permalink)
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But for a dog, who already has a job, do they really need a job-hobby? Wouldn't it be nice to find something more fun for them to do? Not that therapy work isn't fun for a dog, but dang, that's a lot.

If that were a person they'd be talking about burn out!

I would want to find some other hobby to do that can give to the dog.
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I would want to find some other hobby to do that can give to the dog.
For some dogs, I'm sure unbridled affection without being scolded is ideal. For others, not so much.

I actually don't even participate in therapy work. I just think it's a silly notion that a dog that works in service is incapable, or would be confused by, laying on a bed or near somebody and being touched.

Mostly I find the logic that it would confuse the dog flawed, because to me it implies that nobody should ever interact with my SD EVER but me. And I totally reject that idea. I mean, should I not allow friends that come into my home to pet my working dog, lest he be confused in public?

Just seems a bit silly to me. Just my opinion.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:11 AM   #33 (permalink)
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If you would like to start a new thread on this I would be happy to get into this in detail.
I see you have started another thread.
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