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Old 06-20-2005, 01:20 PM
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I have heard that the full therapy test to get a dog certified is fairly grueling Your dog has to react a certain way to a lot of different situations, including not biting if they get stepped on etc. They also have to sit at your side quietly while new people approach etc. I read about it in the past, because I really want to do it with my new pup. I will have to see how he turns out. He loves people and especially children, so I am thinking he would do well.
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Old 06-20-2005, 03:03 PM
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Wouldn't that be great Showpug? I think it would be soooo rewarding to see those faces light up when you bring your dog in to visit. What better gift could there be? I hope you can do this.

I don't know that Lyric would have the right temperament. He's a little suspicious of strangers, although not afraid of anything much. So, he could get used to stuff and he probably wouldn't bite if he got stepped on. I see him as being more apt to step back and look like, "Did you mean to do that? Ouch. Oh well, I'm OK." He's a pretty tolerant dog about most things. But could be worried about new encounters.

Chulita, my Chihauhua would be perfect. She adores new people and has no hesitation what so ever in going right up to new people....absolutely no abandonment or reservations. She's a social butterfly. Only problem is her breath. LOL. No matter what I do, uggggg. She wouldn't bite if she got stepped on, but she might get a toe broken and be afraid.
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Old 06-21-2005, 12:37 AM
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I have not only gotten 4 of my goldens certified but have been on the scene with the test for other dogs.....Our golden club brings in an evaluater about one a year and we play the roles. Wheelchairs, moaning patients, people on crutches, a tray of metal falling to floor , It is sooooooooooooo interesting to watch the reactions !!! This is open to all breeds who enter. This plus the other tests really isn't as bad as it sounds. I feel and dog that can get it's CGD can pass it ......it really has to do with the faith the dog puts into their handler. I really wasn't sure if Chip could pass it as I had only had him for a year ( he was 4) .......husband Tom said he'd never pass...boy, did I wave that certificate in his face................as I said, it's VERY rewarding !!!! :+)
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Old 06-21-2005, 12:39 AM
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P.S. I get a bi-annual newsletter from TDI and there are lots of wonderful dobs in pictures !
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Old 06-21-2005, 01:59 AM
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Wow Bubbatd! Cool. I think that must have been a great feeling and a lot of fun waving that certificate around! LOL. Good for you! That is so impressive....all those Goldens....therapy dogs. How neat.

Well, dropping a metal plate on the floor would do my Chihuahua in I think. Not Lyric....he's a pretty steady as she goes kind of dog that way. Well, he'd probably startle, but recover quickly, I think. He stands so close to the lawnmower, that I'm always having to yell above the motor, "LYRIC! Watch out! Out of the way!" He has been on elevators, around trains, all over the city sidewalks, machinery of various sorts, electric doors, walking over sewer grates. I use to take him to the grocery store parking lot and walk him on my left and a basket on my right, rattling over the parking lot. This was all part of his socialization. And we'd stop and see new people every day. I had to drive for an hour about 3 times a week to get to the closest city of any size to get him around a lot of stuff.

That's nice that there are so many Dobes doing this. It's good for their image. They need all the help they can get. They do come in various temperaments. Being aloof or suspicious is part of the standard and is correct, (not shy, not vicious) but there are some who are much more outgoing and well suited for this type of thing. Maybe that doesn't necessarily mean everything for this therapy work. (?)

After Lyric meets someone new who he's sizing up...making sure they're on the up and up, he usually decides they're pretty neat and then he's all over them, sticking his face in their face if they squat down, trying to be affectionate, but most people aren't too keen on having a 95 LB Doberman Pinscher's face in their face. I guess I should discourage such rude behavior. But I've always been trying make sure he knows that people are great. (unless otherwise posted) LOL.

So, I wonder if he could do this. What do you think by my long winded description of him?
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Old 06-21-2005, 12:25 PM
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I'd go for it ! I think they have to be 2 yrs. old to get the CGC. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries...then on to the TDI
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Old 06-21-2005, 01:43 PM
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No, I'm looking at my handbook I received from my trainer for the CGC program and there is nothing there about age. The trainer who's class I'm attending knows how old Lyric is. But he will be 2 Aug 6th. I have 3 more classes and then the test! A-h-h-h-h! With his obedience skills, he's way ahead of his class, but with some stuff, I'm sure he'll need some practice....stuff that's not about regular obedience. LOL.
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Old 06-21-2005, 02:00 PM
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Therapy work is something I really want to do with Norman. So far, he adores people and children. His biggest hang up right now is strange noises. He is such a chicken, but I encourage bravery and curiosity and NOT coddling and comforting with my dogs. If I act curious, he will usually follow and check things out like the vacuum or lawn mower etc. I am trying to expose him to lots of different noises, but I know too that he is still a pup and will come into his own eventually with more confidence. We are in puppy pre-school right now and he will start puppy post grad after that...then on to training basics etc. until we accomplish the CGC test and get his certificate! I thought I wanted to move from there to competitive obedience, but I am questioning that now. He is 1/2 Wolfhound and 1/2 Mastiff and he is so lazy....almost too lazy to have an attention span long enough to learn sit LOL! When I give him the sit at my side command he starts to sink and melt into a laying position! I am working on convincing him to stay excited with yummy motivators, but let's face it, he's going to be a dust collector!! LOL! Of course we are in class right next to a mini Aust. Shep puppy who could compete in obedience right now. The owner just keeps looking at Norman....I can't imagine what she is thinking!! I don't care, if I wanted an extra intelligent and active breed I would have gotten one, but I truly wanted a lazy dust collector! Plus, my pup is the youngest in class and the biggest LOL!! Anyway, sorry for the ramble.
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Old 06-21-2005, 02:16 PM
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I love your rambling....your story. It's sooooooo cute. Norman sounds so delightful...a dust collector! I love it!
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Glad you were willing to listen Doberluv
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