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01-09-2014 03:59 PM
mcdanfam
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The therapy pet organization I that I was with provided a 'uniform' vest for my dog - this way they were all the same and easily recognizable. Had to go in and have my dog measure and fitted! It was a lightweight Aqua Blue dog coat- looked very official though.

The organization that you will work with will let you know what is allowed/recommended for your dog.
Exactly....:-)


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01-09-2014 03:58 PM
mcdanfam I have a little close fit for one, just enough room so that She can carry extra shot records in and extra treats. We ordered it from the group we tested with.


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01-08-2014 09:10 PM
ILGHAUS Many dogs will learn to love a bath or even a shower.
01-06-2014 01:11 PM
OUbrat79
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I also would like to stress to those hoping to do therapy work with their dogs don't forget grooming training. Dogs must be totally clean from the tips of their ears to the tip of their tail which includes baths, ear cleaning, super brushing, checking length of nails and also making sure no rough spots and clean mouths and teeth. Might as well get your dog use to this from the beginning as it will be a big part of their work. Also make sure any gear worn will pass the white glove test. Some reply that this seems to be a lot of work just to make a visit ...
That is the part I have been dreading. Ammo loves water but is not a fan of baths. After reading what you said I gained the courage to go bathe Ammo, lol. I will say I was very happy with his reaction to it. He stood in the tub very nicely and actually wagged his tail a few times.


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01-06-2014 11:39 AM
Blanketback
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The TD trainer loves Dex and he loves her because he knows her...
I just want to mention that once you're in a Therapy Dog program, you can choose where you'd like to go. For instance, many people in my group want to visit children in the hospital. I didn't - I wanted to visit the elderly. I was placed in a long-term care residence. Because of the nature of this facility, I saw the same people on a weekly basis. Maybe if Dex saw the same people every week, he'd enjoy visiting? Just throwing the idea out there for you to consider if he does enjoy seeing people he knows, he might enjoy it after all - once he gets to know them.
01-06-2014 11:33 AM
ILGHAUS I also would like to stress to those hoping to do therapy work with their dogs don't forget grooming training. Dogs must be totally clean from the tips of their ears to the tip of their tail which includes baths, ear cleaning, super brushing, checking length of nails and also making sure no rough spots and clean mouths and teeth. Might as well get your dog use to this from the beginning as it will be a big part of their work. Also make sure any gear worn will pass the white glove test. Some reply that this seems to be a lot of work just to make a visit ...
01-06-2014 11:22 AM
ILGHAUS I have big plans and high hopes for my next pup but if at anytime he shows a lack of interest or just not happy then my plans will need to change somewhat. Like with the rest of life - you have to be flexible or you will never be happy or even satisfied with your life or with the time you spend with your dog. Put that link between you and your dog as #1 priority and all the rest will just fall into place.

Good luck and enjoy the ride.
01-06-2014 11:16 AM
ILGHAUS Try to get with an organization that offers liability insurance. I believe most now offer $1M or more. Some nursing homes, hospitals and the like will only allow Therapy Dogs with certain groups into their facilities.

Also be aware that most organizations "register" vrs. "certify" the dogs. There is a difference.

In the meantime continue with obedience and work to get your CGC. All of it is something to be proud of and reflects the bond that you are forming with your dog.
01-04-2014 04:00 PM
Msmaria
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That's not stupid at all. The reason I didn't do TDI with Jax was she doesn't want attention from strangers. Can you imagine going into a place and having the dog turn her head like a prima donna? lol Finding something he enjoys and fits him is important

I agree. Doing training is not a waste. I started doing TD training with Dex 2 months ago but Weve put in on halt. Hes a sweet loving dog and lets people pet him but only after hes smelled them. He does not look for strangers to pet him since he turned 10 months and now at almost a year will very happily pass them with their hands out stretched to pat him and just look at me. My family and the people he knows are the only ones he cares about now. Yes, its a little sad for me and I wished we could have completed the class, but like you said we have to look at our dogs personality and go with what fits them. He loves to smell so nosework is our next option. The TD trainer loves Dex and he loves her because he knows her and has said we are welcome back anytime. I dont regret it at all. Out TD group used a vest for the dogs with their logo and tshirt for the owner with their logo.
01-04-2014 02:59 PM
VanH
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Originally Posted by OUbrat79 View Post
I will say that I have put a lot of thought into what I think Ammo should do. He needs a job, he wants a job. I have looked into a lot of things, protection, SAR, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I came to the decisions of therapy dog after my little girl was in the hospital. I know how much she would have loved to have had a dog visit her. Also I have watched Ammo with people when we are out. He has the perfect attitude for it. He is never over excited but is always happy to meet new people.

It's kind of funny, while I was talking to the trainer about him a little boy, maybe 3, walked up to Ammo and started messing with him. You know that normal 3 year old thing, hugging, petting, hitting. Ammo was in heaven. He laid down to be on the same level with the boy. You could see how much he was enjoying it.

That is his reaction every time he is approached by a small child. When it's an elderly person he will sit quietly and let them love and hug on him. He has been like that since he was 6 months old. I really think this is his "calling."
That is very beautiful and inspiring!


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