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Old 08-10-2008, 01:17 PM
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A Canine Good Citizen is not certifying a dog to go into facilities and visit with sick or infirm people or children, and use a $1,000,000 insurance waiver provided by TDI.

Therefore, it is only logical that the TDI test would be more in depth, and would test in greater detail the temperament and stability of the dog under stressful or unusual conditions.
Yes it does.. The dogs have to want to be with people and also handle strange smells, IV's etc that patients will have.
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:55 PM
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Are therapy dogs actually allowed in with people who have tubes?

I have not done any hospital visits, so I would not know.

but man I bet you do.
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:19 PM
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Yes , they are allowed and some smells really depressed Bubba .
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I think Daisy would be able to pass as long as none of the test was done on my property.
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:52 PM
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skKi, the only thing you can do is train train train to try and fix the issues Pit has. Get around as many strangers as you can and have them pet him, and treat and praise when he sits nice for it. What they are looking for is avoidance or aggression. Things like aloofness, if that's in your breeds traits, are fine. I never thought Gunnar would pass, he doesn't like people touching his paws and he's got some dog issues, but he was fine.

Look up the test requirements, and go thru them with your dog over and over until they are 2nd nature. Romy's suggestion is perfect. There are classes you can take to prep for it as well, where they'll help you with your weak points.

You can touch, pet, praise, talk to your dog as much as you want while the stranger is petting him. Maybe that will help, knowing that you are there too.
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:21 AM
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Even without CGC, you could have other activities with your dog. Have you thought of testing to be a SAR dog? It's a singular task suited for dogs with intense concentration and a good sniffer.
SAR training takes several years, and usually must begin from puppyhood to have successful results. Anyway, SAR dogs must love all humans, ALL humans, and want to be with strange humans more than anything else in the world. To them the best thing in the world is playing hide and seek with strangers, and giving smushy love kisses to the person they find and running back to fetch their handler so they can get more smushy love kisses when the handler is retrieved. They must love it more than rabbits, more than food, more than other dogs, etc. So it probably wouldn't be the best line of work for a shy dog.

If he does have a good nose though, you could work on tracking or air scenting. If not then maybe some athletic sports like flyball, agility, etc. Activities like that would give you a lot of training opportunities to overcome his weak points while boosting his confidence, doing things he likes and is good at.
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