Therapy Corgis in training

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Therapy Corgis in training

This is a group for people who are training their corgi to be a therapy dog. For beginners to learn the ropes and pros to share tips on how to train our dogs!

 

Location: USA
Members: 61
Latest Activity: Feb 19, 2016

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Welcome new members!

Started by Kristy Watkins Jan 11, 2011. 0 Replies

I am pleased that some members have joined my group, It really makes me happy to know that there are others who are interested in discussing this very noble decision. Therapy dogs can sometimes make…Continue

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Started by Kristy Watkins Dec 28, 2010. 0 Replies

This group is born from my own interest in training my puppy to become a therapy dog. This group is for people to share advice and techniques, issues and concerns regarding training for therapy work.…Continue

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Comment by Jane Christensen on September 19, 2013 at 7:48pm
Carolyn, I actually use "come front" too. I am on vacation and my brain must be too. Come front to Sage means to run as fast as she can and plop her butt down right in front of me so I can grab her...if I would need to:)
Comment by carolyn matassa on September 19, 2013 at 6:45pm

I often train in a very cheerful voice and have been told I need to sound more "serious" sometimes.  Also, I like the "come now" command vs "come".  I think I'll use my FRONT for NOW  and  come for "come on over", and I'll just use his name for when I call him but don't really NEED him to come.      Thanks for the good ideas.

It seems that the German Shepherds in his class never bolt but sometimes a new dog catches his eye and he's off to say hello.  He is young though, 13 mos., so I assume he'll get better.

Comment by Jane Christensen on September 19, 2013 at 12:16pm
I have 2 recalls..
Sage come and Sage come now...
The 1st is she can take her time and the "come now" means drop whatever u are doing and run to me NOW. Special treats for the come now!
Comment by Geri & Sidney on September 19, 2013 at 11:46am

Carolyn, he's trained according to the 80% rule. It would be great to have 100% reliable recall. Do you employ a really good "I'm serious" voice and sound when you are correcting a behavior? I had to use "the voice" with Connie yesterday and my voice was hoarse the rest of the day. But it got her attention!

Comment by carolyn matassa on September 19, 2013 at 10:22am

Does anyone have any suggestions for Recall.  My dog KNOWS this but CHOOSES to do it only 80-85% of the time in class.  Sometimes he just gets excited and goes to say hi to another dog :(

 

Comment by Teresa on April 28, 2012 at 12:58pm

Baron and I became certified today through Therapy Dogs inc.  We are volunteering at the local nursing home, and Baron will start as a hospice therapy dog with Heartland Hospice  (where mom works).

Comment by Krystle (Luna & Twinkie!) on March 7, 2012 at 7:31pm

Forgot to let you all know that last week Luna and I became an officially certified team through Love on a Leash.  We have already volunteered with San Diego Hospice to make visits at hospice and people's homes.  We will also be continuing to go with other teams to other sites.  I am so happy we are done!

Comment by Geri & Sidney on March 7, 2012 at 4:25pm

Start with basic obedience, they have to be very well trained! Work on passing the Canine Good Citizen Test. If you can find a therapy dog class (it's required for the certification we have) they will go over the typical stressers. We went over walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds, loud confused patients and what to do if a patient thinks your dog is his and tries to take him from you.

http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/

Comment by Lemmy Winks on March 7, 2012 at 4:14pm

Both my dogs aren't old enough yet, but I figure it doesn't hurt to start. What sort of situations/stresses should I work on introducing?
I know it's important to expose your dog to as many situations as possible, but I'd really love for them to be with children with special needs and in hospitals. 
 

Comment by Heather Ng on March 6, 2012 at 1:45pm

Katie,  CAAA will place you wherever there is a need at the time you join.  I think you can let them know your preferences, though.  Here is there website:

http://www.caaainc.org/

 

 

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