So as finals week rolls around, my university decided to bring in therapy dogs to help relieve stressed students. Today's featured dogs were a yellow lab and A CORGI. Today the school posted about the corgi so I dropped what I was studying and headed over to the library to get my first real corgi experience. I have only seen them passing by, and have had a moment to pet one, but this was a chance to be around one for longer than a minute or two. I spent 45 minutes with this corgi, me and a large group of strangers sat around in a circle, petting, feeding and watching his cute little tricks. He was very laid back, and greeted everyone that walked into the group, whether it was a playful jump in a lap, asking for a head rub, or even corgi kisses. In this 45 minutes I got to see how much they shed, which appears to be A LOT, but that is not a problem for me, I grew up with dogs and cats, and their hair is not a bother to me anymore. He seemed to enjoy the attention and all of the students and staff playing and passing by seemed to enjoy his company, I know it was the highlight of my week! He was such a ham, and he even waved goodbye, he was so well trained!

I found this corgis facebook as the owner gave me her information and I had talked with her about my upcoming puppy and she was wondering how I found a breeder in Maine as she purchased hers in Massachusetts, and had friends looking for a puppy. So I gave her my breeders information and she asked to keep in touch. Turns out she is a math professor at another local university, so with our mutual liking for corgis, we share a liking for math too! Apparently she brings her corgi to class frequently, as my roommate had her for a class (and never told me this!).

Do any of you have certified therapy corgis? I want to know how you get into that sort of thing, the happiness he brought to the people today made me think about perhaps getting my future corgi into it if he has that sort of temperament. I am sure I could ask the woman I met today about it too, but I wanna know about other therapy corgis of Mycorgi!

And here is the cute little guy I spent my time with! Such a sweet dog.

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Comment by Geri & Sidney on May 3, 2013 at 1:43am

Sidney is a therapy dog, and we just had a University event today! We love going to college; college kids LOVE corgis and it's easy to love on a corgi when we are all sitting on the carpet together. We are with Love on a Leash. I have a pic from today's event:

We do our college visits in two-hour shifts, so we have one group go from 10-12 and then new dogs come 12-2. We probably have about a dozen dogs each time. Sid enjoys belly rubs, and he will also do tricks for the kids. He got a thank-you cookie today, a big iced one! I made him share with his sister corgi Connie.

Please feel free to ask anything about corgis as therapy dogs :)

Comment by Napolean (Joan and Gabby) on May 3, 2013 at 1:37am
The therapy dog has those lovely, sweet eyes that melts my heart. Thanks do much for sharing that.
Comment by Napolean (Joan and Gabby) on May 3, 2013 at 1:35am
Gabby n I have always thought of therapy dogs as four legged angels. Dana thanks for asking this question and Jane for remembering that there was already discussions about this topic. It will be worth looking into as I think corgis would make excellent therapy and/or service dogs. Maybe even Napoleon some day :)
Comment by Linda on May 2, 2013 at 5:40pm

What a cutie!  Corgis are wonderful therapy dogs...they are not huge so people aren't threatened by their size.  Max was a certified therapy dog but I had to let it lapse since he started with his neck problems.  We started with basic obedience classes and he wasn't a puppy...he was a rescue we got at 5 yo.  I talked with my instructor and we did the training.  He was a natural.

There is lots of good information on here about the subject.

Comment by Jane Christensen on May 2, 2013 at 5:32pm

Corgis make great Therapy dogs:) There are 2 groups on here, Therapy Dogs and Therapy Dogs in training. Also search discussions for several about Therapy Dogs!

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