Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
I've been interested in doing pet therapy work for a long time. One of my goals is to have a therapy dog...specifically to help with adult and child literacy programs, but really anything.
I was talking about this to my mum the other day, and she suggested I try it with Muffin. It was like a lightbulb went off.
Ever since he was little I've taken Muffin lots of places. We regularly go to pet stores, he loves car rides of any type, and he goes to my parents house too. He loves people, and doesn't care who they are as long as they'll pet him. He walks ok on a leash once he settles in, and he's done ok with calm dogs so far.
I began really looking into it and I'm hopeful. I've scheduled a test to see if he's up to it at the end of September, so we'll be going into overdrive with his visits and practice.
The one thing I'm having problems with is that he's not a fan of dogs who bark, or stare at him. Calm dogs he doesn't mind, and he's ok with my parent's dog...but if they stare or bark he hisses. We also need to practice being examined...he doesn't mind with me, and he doesn't really fuss when others do it, but he doesn't make it overly easy either.
Anyways, any tips on getting him more used to calm dogs? The examination I can handle, my bf and the other roomies are gonna be jumping in (not that they know it yet, lol) but this dog thing I need him to work at. *sighs*