"I like Daffy" Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Douglas, IL ( near St. Louis)
As the owner/trainer/operator of 4 service dogs, I have done therapy work with all of them. They know the difference between work and play, and the differnece in the ends of work asked of them. These dogs have been show dogs, oebidence dogs, agility dogs, herding dogs, and therapy dogs. Dogs are discerning enough to know the difference between work and not work.
Tag was one of the best show dogs in the country, yet he could come out of the show ring and escort me back to the hotel. He would lay on the floor of my office and bring me things that I would drop. When I broke my shoulder he layed in the living room while I slept in the recliner -- he would help me pull the sheet up to cover me, help me walk to the bathroom and get up from the toilet. Later he would let me pull myself up from a couch by pulling on his collar. All of these tasks had commands that went with them. Meanwhile, he was being shown in conformation (earn 100+ Best of Breeds), and Rally (got his RAE2) as well as visiting with school children teaching them how not to get bit by a strange dog.
Dogs even do things for people that they weren't trained to do. Dogs save people that have fallen thru the ice. Dogs lay down with children to keep them worm until help comes. Dogs are smarter then we give them credit for.
Daphne and the Gang at Andaka
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