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Max Millian Therapy Dog (Alias Mr. Perfect) by Barbara- Morris

December 22nd 2011 8:17 am
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Well it has been some time now since you have heard about what Max and I have been up to since I adopted him on December 4, 2010. I have already told you the story about “How I Met Max Millian (alias Mr. Perfect)”in the “Dandie Din ‘nWit” issue May/June. Now here it is a year later since I have adopted Max, time does fly when you have that special Dandie Dinmont Terrier in your life.
My dog Max started training in January 2011; he was about 5 months old and weighed in at eight pounds (8lbs). I took Max to Pet Smart for beginner education training and for Intermediate education training. Each training class was for six weeks. In the beginning Max was there to play and I was there to learn how to get my dog Max to listen to me. The instructor suggested before class to take Max for a walk and not feed him. One of first things I learned that Max did not like store brought treats, or the treat the instructor had, but it was one thing he did like and that was my baked chicken. So what did I do? You guessed it I would bake chicken and cut into small pieces. This was the motivator my bake chicken now he was listening to me. I knew he was listening, because he would look up at me with those big dark hazel eyes in sit position just waiting and waiting for next command so he could have a piece of that bake chicken. So now arm with a squeaky toy in one hand and my bake chicken in other Max was ready to learn. Max and I learned how to walk together without him pulling his leash, and a few other commands like sit, down, stand, park it, leave it, give me a handshake and wait. From Pet Smart we received two certificates one for Beginner Education training and other for Intermediate Education training. I was very proud of my Max.
July and August we went on long walks together enjoying summer sun.
In September I took Max to Princeton AKC club (American Kennel Club) to take his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. Max passed the test and received The American Kennel Club certificate on September 28, 20ll.
Walking over the summer months was good training for us because we did a Breast cancer (5k) walk in October. Some people asked me did I think he could do the walk or was I going to carry him. I just laughed because I knew this was going to be a walk in park for me and Max because we had walked all summer. Of course we did the walk with no problems.
On October 6, 2011 I took Max to Enchanted Paw for therapy dog training, this was a six week course. Class training includes walk around wheelchairs, walkers, and people walking with crutches. Dogs are expected not to bark or become aggressive when they see people in wheelchairs or have walkers. This type of training is to help de-sensitize dogs. The next requirement was to take Max veterinary to have his health checked. Max was taken to Trenton Veterinary Hospital, to visit Dr Peter Bates his veterinary. There he was given all his requirement shots. Max now weighted fifteen pounds (15lb) has a 17 inch long body, tail not included.
On November 15, 2011 Max became a Registered Therapy Dog with The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. Max and I will be going out on our first team visit on December 21, 2011Max is also member of AKC Canine Partners which allows us to participate in all AKC events such as agility, obedience and more.
My little Dandie Dinmont Terrier name Max Millian, is one in million to me. He is little dog with a big heart.
Who knows what next for us? Hey maybe little agility training for my little guy
Love Max’s Mom

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