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Old 11-07-2006, 01:04 PM
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Dakota had his TDI testing today and passed the CGC, training (1-minute downstay in a BUSY hallway with people greeting him!!! I was so proud of him) and soundness portions of the test with flying colors, but unfortunately still doesn't cut it as a therapy dog.

He did so good though, I was very proud of the way he interacted with the people at the nursing home. He was comfortable about allowing all sorts of people to touch him and was willing to approach everyone. He was unsure about a couple people initially, but he trusted me enough to do a sit beside their wheelchair. He did a perfect heel the entire time and while he wasn't on his *absolute* best behavior (he licked three times. grrrr) he was pretty darn good.

The evaluator said he shows tremendous promise but is too young and a little high strung. She said he was one of the most stable Borders she's met, but that he moves too much ( He's a BC!) and he has a habit of going in front of me to greet people, when he should stay at my side. I know I'm supposed to be a good sport and I'm fine with her decision for the most part (I totally agree he's not ready yet) but I have to bitch about this. He can't leave my side, yet people always call him forward. I got marks deducted as a handler for not correcting him for it, but wtf would I want to correct him for? The people obviously wanted to see him or they wouldn't have called him. People squeaked at him and patted their legs and told him to come, and he did. Not once did he approach someone who didn't call him or show interest. In fact, he went out of his way to be quiet and still around a lady who was obviously afraid of him. He's intuned to people. So, what am I supposed to do? Scold him for listening to people, yank him back to my side and tell the person not to pet the therapy dog? Argh. That's my only gripe about the testing process. Everything else made sense.

The nursing home residents adored him and since he doesn't have to be TDI in order to visit there (just CGC) that's where we're going to volunteer. If he gets better about not approaching people, we'll re-test next month! Overall a good experience, he loved the residents and made a few good friends
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Old 11-07-2006, 01:19 PM
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That's great! We always took our dogs to visit my great aunt when she was in the nursing home. She was always happy to see them (even if she didn't always remember us).
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:15 PM
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:22 PM
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It sounds like you had every reason to be very proud of your boy.

The bit about you not correcting him when he drifted past your side to greet...it's frustrating, but he did soooo well at everything else. With the motion sensitivity and activity level of a border, a little extra pride is certainly in order!

I think it's just so cool that you're doing what you are with your dogs. Great work!!
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Old 11-07-2006, 03:31 PM
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Colleen, yes, motion sensitivity is very common with the breed. Dakota's no exception - if something catches his eye, he'll whirl around to give it a better look. He does the "BC EYE" and crouches when he sees something suspicious, which I suppose could be interpreted by some as skittishness, but it's just Dakota's way of sizing things up. It's just him, he can be rather "slinky" (figures he'd show more eye in a nursing home than he does on geese!) I don't want to act like I know everything, but I do know my dog very well and I know he stayed very calm. He's a bit high strung and very active, which I doubt I could ever change. I didn't know it would be such a big deal since he's 100% under control, but meh. We'll see if we can work on it. If not, we'll drop this (I'd like to always visit the nursing home though, everyone enjoyed that) and go back to agility, which allows him to be himself - crazies and all . If I get a calmer dog in the future, I'll know what to work on for therapy work. I love the idea of brightening people's day like that.

During the "strange people" (including a mentally handicapped man with tremors, in a huge cowboy hat and wheelchair) test, he got a little shifty eyed but trusted me enough to go visit. I was proud of that especially. None of the loud noises fazed him, he had a tin plate full of pennies dropped on the tile floor beside him and he flinched, gave it the eye and moved away.

He was very very good. I'm impressed with him and after the unusual situations he was put in, I'm as confident as I can be in his stability.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:25 PM
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Ohhh well.......he did AWSOME!!!

It really sounds like he would be a GREAT Therapy Dog!!!

LOL, Lizzie does the "BC eye, crouch" too!

I would REALLY like mabe if Lizzie when she gets older and is not as " gotta go gotta go" that she will be a Therapy dog! Or if not my next dog IS going to be a therapy dog!
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Sounds almost like you had an examiner who might have been looking for reasons not to pass a BC.

They were much more reasonable at UT when I had Bear tested - and their test was done in a room where he was separated from me! They thought he was a bit much (at 110 pounds) and a bit active for hospital trips, but decided he would be perfect for visiting runaway shelters and shelters for abused women and children. And he was. They loved him, even women and kids who had been afraid of dogs. He did a lot of good for a lot of kids. Don't give up, and check around to see what other therapy programs offer.
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:22 PM
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Renee, it kind of does seem that way, but I can't figure out why. BCs may be entirely foreign to her - she has an elderly Sheltie (sweet dog, VERY insanely calm. Polar opposite of Dakota) and the other therapy dogs at the hospital are either toy breeds or retrievers. No herding breeds. She was very nice, and all she would explain is that she didn't think he'd be 100% safe because he would walk up to people who called him. No idea . . . .

The runaway and womens' shelters sound like a great place to go, I'll look into that. The kids would especially love Dakota and his trick demonstrations, and Dakota is very loving and playful with children.

Dakota is a bit active for hospital visits (they do seem to want very sedentary dogs) but we actually weren't planning on *doing* many room-to-room visits. The reason the hospital wanted Dakota was for their AAT program. :shrug: I'm not entirely sure why she didn't think he would cut it there, though. Ah well.
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Ah well, their loss

Congrats, glad you did so well

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Dakota would be wonderful with those kids. They've been through Hell and they need some diversion that makes them laugh and forget some of the horrors even if just for a few moments. You should see their mothers' faces light up too. It does so much good.
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