One of my goals from the beginning with Sam was to be able to visit nursing homes. I thought he had the right temperament and with some obedience training, I thought we could do it!
He just got his CGC, and I just got up my nerve and called a trainer in this area who does therapy work, and I asked her what else I needed to do and how to get involved etc. I thought we would have to have some further certification, but she said no. The homes she works with don't even require a CGC! It's all based on her evaluation of the dog. We are supposed to meet her this afternoon for Sam's EVALUATION and also to see if he is at the point of being able to enter her Basic II obedience class. She said that would be the beginning of off leash work and he needed to be pretty solid on the basics. He is solid I think, but I may be way wrong. I guess we'll see. Anyway I hope he's ok'd for the therapy visits.
Wish us luck!
Good luck! I think therapy dogs are soo cool. Sam's sweet face would sure bring a lot of cheer to the nursing home residents.
Good Luck! I can't think of anything more rewarding.
Cool! Good luck Frances and Sam I'm amazed at how far you've come with him! To think he was in the shelter a year ago. Wow.
You should be very proud of yourself!!!!!
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
We are hoping to do this, as well! Aly starts her round of classes on Monday. So, if you are starting Basic II obedience, does that mean Sam has only had one obedience class (Obedience I) so far, and you were able to get CGC after only the one semester of classes? There may be hope for me and Aly yet!
I'm pretty sure around here the facilities that use therapy dogs require them to be certified through Therapy Dogs International, although the test sounds like the CGC test from what I can tell.
Good luck! I look forward to hearing more.
I'm Jenn. Keeper of two labs in my home and one forever in my heart.
Throw the ball, damn it!
Good luck Sam!!
Let us know how the eval went! ;D
Good luck Handsome Sam!
That's My Bro-In-Law!!! You can do it Sammers - I know it!!! :-)