|Barked: Tue Jul 6, '10 5:58am PST |
|So It`s pretty set in stone that Caddy is going to become a therapy dog, as long as she enjoys it, but I`m sure she will.
So we`ve been working on our obedience alot more,and set aside our 'tricks' for now. I understand its one thing for a dog to know a command, and then for them to understand it and have that command full proofed.
Caddy,of course, knows her basic obedience.
All of these are pretty much fully proofed.
The main thing I`m working on with Caddy is a 'leave it' with lots of food around. After all, I don`t want us in a nursing home and have Caddy snatch a sandwich from someones plate.
I have also already exposed her to wheelchairs, and crutches. Both of which she did fine. A bit wary of the wheelchair at first but with treats and a praise she quickly became use to it.
Also, because Caddy isen`t a tiny dog that I can pick up onto, say, a child`s hospital bed, I`ve seen larger therapy dog learn a 'up' command, where they stand on their hind legs and rest the top half of their body on the bed to allow the patient batter access to pet them.
Anyone know the best way to go about teaching this? I have a pretty good idea, but I`d love to hear from a therapy dog about how they went about teaching it.
Is there anything else that I can do to prepare Caddy for her therapy test?
What about road blocks fellow therapy dog`s have had,and how did you get past them?
And any advice in general about therapy work or anything anyone would like to put in would be very helpful.
Edited by author Tue Jul 6, '10 5:58am PST
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