Bunny Won't be a Therapy Dog Afterall
Bunny passed her evaluation but the membership application asks about the dog's history. Bunny was dog-aggressive when she was 1.5 years old and she did bite another dog when it attacked Jazz. Their insurance provider has a zero-bite policy regardless of circumstance so Bunny has been eliminated.
I feel so sad. She would have been awesome and I've been searching for jobs for both my dogs and I knew this is what suited her best. Jazz isn't suited for this type of work at this point.
I'm a little angry that they do the paperwork after the evaluation because had I known I wouldn't have bothered testing her at all. All it says on their website is that dogs should not be aggressive which she is not. Further more the Team Leader was in my CGC prep course and I told her I was taking the test and I had mentioned to her previously that Bunny was dog-aggressive a few years back. Why wouldn't she have at least mentioned this to me. She encouraged me to take the test knowing Bunny had a past. Another poster mentioned to me that one of the other Therapy Dog Providers here does their paperwork before the evaluation so I mentioned this to the Team Leader and asked for a refund. Maybe that was wrong of me but I feel like they wasted my time and money. The process seems backwards.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what other type of job I could give her? She adores people and attention which is why I wanted to do Therapy Work.
Jazz, Shiloh Shepherd, 5 yrs old, CGC HIC
Bunny, GSD X, 7.5 years old