"Paws for Love", Coda's test results

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"Paws for Love", Coda's test results

Post by Shelly & The Boy » Tue, 28 Oct 2003 06:27:58



Yippee!!!!!
We did it!
Coda & I passed our certification test for the pet assisted therapy
program this afternoon with flying colors!
There was one section, when several people were crowded around
us yelling at each other (simulating the erratic and unpredictable
behavior that can sometimes occur in certain settings) where Coda
let our a bark.   But, as soon as I re-directed his attention and
I asked the people to "Please quiet down, so you can visit with
the dog!" they did so, and Coda was more than happy to head
into the fray for petting.   Good recovery, "Big Red". :-)

All of the other sections went very well, especially the section when
he was "visiting" with a woman who pretended to have a motor function
problem, and was wheelchair bound.   She balled her hands into fists,
and smooshed on his face, and he adored her!   I "assisted" her in
petting gently, and he was allowed up to "paws up" onto her lap (w/
the permission of the pretend nurse).   Afterward, she said that of
all of the dogs they'd tested (both on Saturday & Sunday--about 10
dogs before us), Coda was the first one that really tuned in to
her and wanted more attention from her.   Good boy.

We have our first visitation Tuesday evening, along with a few
others from the workshop.   It will be supervised by the instructor,
at a place where she regularly goes for visitations.    Hopefully,
after that, we'll be able to be part of the "Library Dogs" program,
where children who have reading difficulties read aloud to dogs.

After the certification and getting our photos taken for our name
badges, we shared a cheeseburger.  Now he & Bodhi are
helping "Dad" mow the yard.
Good boy, Coda, good boy.
Shelly (Proud as can be) & The Boys
--
http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/BSD.html

 
 
 

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Post by T.. » Tue, 28 Oct 2003 09:14:24



Quote:
> Yippee!!!!!
> We did it!
> Coda & I passed our certification test for the pet assisted therapy
> program this afternoon with flying colors!

Excellent! Congratulations.
Diane Blackman
 
 
 

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Post by Lone Hanse » Tue, 28 Oct 2003 11:00:09




Quote:
> Yippee!!!!!
> We did it!
> Coda & I passed our certification test for the pet assisted therapy
> program this afternoon with flying colors!
> can be) & The Boys
> --
> http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/BSD.html

    - Congratulations on passing the test, Coda is really a special boy.
Hope to hear how your first time out as pet therapist goes on Thursday.

Lone

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Post by culpri » Tue, 28 Oct 2003 17:30:22




Quote:
> Yippee!!!!!
> We did it!

yay!  congrats!  Coda sounds really special.

-kelly

 
 
 

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Post by Paul » Tue, 28 Oct 2003 23:01:19


That is great Shelly!  Glad to hear you two did so well and I look forward
to hearing how this first visitation went.

Paul



Quote:
> Yippee!!!!!
> We did it!
> Coda & I passed our certification test for the pet assisted therapy
> program this afternoon with flying colors!
> There was one section, when several people were crowded around
> us yelling at each other (simulating the erratic and unpredictable
> behavior that can sometimes occur in certain settings) where Coda
> let our a bark.   But, as soon as I re-directed his attention and
> I asked the people to "Please quiet down, so you can visit with
> the dog!" they did so, and Coda was more than happy to head
> into the fray for petting.   Good recovery, "Big Red". :-)

> All of the other sections went very well, especially the section when
> he was "visiting" with a woman who pretended to have a motor function
> problem, and was wheelchair bound.   She balled her hands into fists,
> and smooshed on his face, and he adored her!   I "assisted" her in
> petting gently, and he was allowed up to "paws up" onto her lap (w/
> the permission of the pretend nurse).   Afterward, she said that of
> all of the dogs they'd tested (both on Saturday & Sunday--about 10
> dogs before us), Coda was the first one that really tuned in to
> her and wanted more attention from her.   Good boy.

> We have our first visitation Tuesday evening, along with a few
> others from the workshop.   It will be supervised by the instructor,
> at a place where she regularly goes for visitations.    Hopefully,
> after that, we'll be able to be part of the "Library Dogs" program,
> where children who have reading difficulties read aloud to dogs.

> After the certification and getting our photos taken for our name
> badges, we shared a cheeseburger.  Now he & Bodhi are
> helping "Dad" mow the yard.
> Good boy, Coda, good boy.
> Shelly (Proud as can be) & The Boys
> --
> http://www.geocities.com/shellybrosnan/BSD.html

 
 
 

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Post by Kind2do » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 00:18:20


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>Subject: "Paws for Love", Coda's test results

>Date: Sun, Oct 26, 2003 5:27 PM

>Yippee!!!!!
>We did it!

Congrat to all of you!

Now make sure they have something Halloween on when they go for a visit this
Tuesday. : )

Paulette~

 
 
 

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Post by Suja » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 00:27:42



Quote:

> Yippee!!!!!
> We did it!
> Coda & I passed our certification test for the pet assisted therapy
> program this afternoon with flying colors!

Congratulations, Shelly & Coda.  What a good boy, Coda!  If I ever get
my hands on a stable dog, this is something I would love to do.  Seems
like it will be incredibly rewarding.  You've got to let us know how the
visitations go.  

Quote:
> badges, we shared a cheeseburger.  Now he & Bodhi are
> helping "Dad" mow the yard.

How does that work?  The "helping" bit, I mean.

Suja

 
 
 

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Post by Gwen Watso » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 00:31:05


Quote:


> > Yippee!!!!!
> > We did it!
> > Coda & I passed our certification test for the pet assisted therapy
> > program this afternoon with flying colors!

> Congratulations, Shelly & Coda.  What a good boy, Coda!  If I ever get
> my hands on a stable dog, this is something I would love to do.  Seems
> like it will be incredibly rewarding.  You've got to let us know how the
> visitations go.

Congratulations Shelly and Coda! That is wonderful.

Suja I have my hands on one of the most stable,
huggable wonderful dogs I have ever had.

Mr. Reznor is all that and more. And I absolutely have
plans on him doing therapy. I gotta get him enrolled soon.

Also in this Rally O, it sounds like too much fun.

Gwen

 
 
 

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Post by Shelly & The Boy » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 09:46:38



Quote:
> > badges, we shared a cheeseburger.  Now he & Bodhi are
> > helping "Dad" mow the yard.

> How does that work?  The "helping" bit, I mean.

Well Suja, since you don't have a herdin' dawg (in particular, a Belgian,
any variety will do), I will explain.
In Bodhi's mind, "Dad" needs help whenever he's doing something.
While seated on a lawnmower, Bodhi provides two essential services.
One is creating a centrifugal force (ie. running rapid circles around
a stationary/moving object--a trait Belgians are famous for), therefore
"prepping" the grass for a really good mowing.
The other is sheer entertainment.  :-)
Shelly & The Boys
 
 
 

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Post by Shelly & The Boy » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 09:48:40



Quote:
> Congratulations Shelly and Coda! That is wonderful.

Thanks, Gwen. :-)

Quote:

> Suja I have my hands on one of the most stable,
> huggable wonderful dogs I have ever had.

> Mr. Reznor is all that and more. And I absolutely have
> plans on him doing therapy. I gotta get him enrolled soon.

Just so you know...you can do all of the "prep" work now, but
most places won't take puppies under a year old.   But, that
certainly doesn't mean to stop you from socializing the holy heck
outta him to everything & anything to prepare him. :-)

Quote:
> Also in this Rally O, it sounds like too much fun.

It is lots of fun.   Coda likes it, no jumping!  Yay!
Shelly & The Boys
 
 
 

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Post by Suja » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 12:11:03



Quote:
> In Bodhi's mind, "Dad" needs help whenever he's doing something.
> While seated on a lawnmower, Bodhi provides two essential services.
> One is creating a centrifugal force (ie. running rapid circles around
> a stationary/moving object--a trait Belgians are famous for), therefore
> "prepping" the grass for a really good mowing.

Aah, I see.  Hope he's smart and agile enough to stay out of the mower's
way.  My friend's former foster used to do this.  He'd circle just about
anything; his person, two dogs playing, bunch of people sitting on a
bench, etc.  Drove me positively up a wall, 'cause I don't like getting
dizzy watching dogs run around.  And, it got him into a LOT of trouble
with other dogs as well.  Apparently they don't appreciate being made
dizzy either.

Quote:
> The other is sheer entertainment.  :-)

As long as you're all having fun!

Suja

 
 
 

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Post by Chil » Wed, 29 Oct 2003 15:57:35




Quote:
> Yippee!!!!!
> We did it!

Coda is a very good boy!!!