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Hershey Kisses and I went to a 2 hour Therapy Dog Orientation session last night. Okay, about a dozen dogs and their owners that have never seen each other before, sitting in a lecture situation for two hours. In the course of the seesion, the leader corrects those attending regarding allowing their dog to interface with a nearby dog. One 'break' at about the 45 minute mark to heal the dogs whiel walking in a great circle areound the perimeter of the area, frequent reversals and stops. Purpose is not to give the dogs a break, but to assess if any of the dogs need additional obedience training before starting therapy dog training. My assessment, 3 of the dogs have not been through any training, 3 were marginal and could use more, and the other 6 of us were perfect.;).

Okay! We cannot take the next sequence offerred because I have a conflict for over half the sessions. We will get into the next sequence.

The question is, has anyone ever heard of Carol Ouhl? Anything about her? Please PM me if you have. Lets just say I was less then impressed and would like someone to change my mind.
 

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Never heard of her, but it's possible some one from the Elkhound list I'm on know her. I'll ask there.

Just one question, tho- you do know you and Hershey can get certified without taking special classes, right?
 

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weird - sounds NOTHING like how we got started :D but every group is different!
haven't heard of Carol Ouhl iether
 

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Guinness has trained for and has "passed" everything for the Therapy Dog certification. However, because he still is young and likes to play a lot - meaning he has some form of ADD - hehehe - I won't certify him yet.

Bottom line - yes - you can get Hershey certified without special classes. Visit TDI.org - if I remember right - they have both the listing of what he needs to do to pass and a list of places to get certified.
 

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Therapy Dogs Incorporated is the best way to go in my opinion. You meet with the tester/observer. You make one visit with the T/O without your dog and 3 visits with your dog. If you pass, you get the paperwork to submit to TDInc. That's it. The website is www.therapydogs.com
I'm a T/O for TDInc. If you have any questions, just ask me.
 

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Wow, sounds like a really fun and rewarding thing for the dogs.

(insert sarcasm)
 
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