|01-26-2014 03:57 PM|
David, many wise suggestions, for sure. One thing to keep in mind is Maggie, has been evaluated (Therapy Dog Evaluation) in demanding situations, such as being over whelmed by people, kids alike, wanting to pet and touch her. It is the job of the handler to be proactive in such cases to avoid any unwanted behavior.
Sunflowers, you bet on the pictures of military working dogs, as an old Vietnam helicopter pilot I am parcel to the working dog. There are some great pictures showing our Navy Seal Teams with German Shepherds, jumping from planes and other scary activities.........
Much love to all for your help and ideas...........
|01-26-2014 01:38 PM|
They are kids, and they would be bored if you tell them more than about Strongheart and other famous dogs. Children have very vague idea, what the word "breed" really means, unless they have dogs in their families, avoid any adult stuff. If you say that they can stroke your dog - don't think that there would be a queue, ALL will come at once and even might start fighting for the privilage to touch not the tail, but your dog's head. I avise you to do physical contact outside after the session.
Seeing the dog doing something is the best, but school is not the Circus, and your dog is not a circus artist to fly on the supports. Think what you can show them with your dog talking at the same time. I'd advise to devote your time mainly answering their questions. It will be entertaining and you would have opportunity to command your dog to do something. The questions kids may ask could be very silly, for instance "Can your dog fight pitbulls?" Never answer "No" any of their questions. Instead, present your dog with an air of magic: "Pitbulls know that she is special and only wag their tails in respect". Only you say something like that, you will see that you, your dog, these children and the whole room sunk into some sort of wonderland. Creating atmosphere is very important in the second part of your session.
|01-26-2014 01:01 PM|
Kids love teeth of any sort.
Take some great photos. Show how many teeth a GSD has, teach what the canines and incisors are for, have pics of those huge molars. Very different from their own mouths, and very cool. Black spots on GSD tongues are also fascinating at our house
Also very cool to kids are dogs jumping from helicopters, dogs wearing military gear, and dogs riding in police K9 vehicles and catching "bad guys."
Oh, and how they use their nose first and foremost, how many times more powerful their sense of smell is compared to us, and what they actually see in terms of color. Left is human vision, right is dog.After I saw this I only purchased yellow and blue dog toys.
|01-26-2014 12:54 PM|
|Blanketback||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!|
|01-26-2014 12:50 PM|
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...........
|01-26-2014 11:24 AM|
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
Kia 1/2014- now
|01-26-2014 11:16 AM|
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.
|01-26-2014 11:13 AM|
|Blanketback||Not in the whole world, but here in the USA. Link, huh.|
|01-26-2014 11:01 AM|
was Buddy the first guide dog?
|01-26-2014 10:55 AM|
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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