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 Post subject: Class Question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:38 am 
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Have any of you done "refresher" classes with your therapy dog after they have been certified? Or just a fun class? I'm thinking of bringing Cody back for a class just for fun and to give him a night out working on something new. He has already taken and completed (with high scores) his STAR/CGC, Beginners, Pre-novice and Therapy Dog classes with the necessary certifications following. Should I re-do one he's done (sine it's been almost two years) or try something new? Do you think it's a good idea or shuld I just increase his "working hours"?

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Why do you think he needs a refresher? Are you just looking for a fun activity or does he need to polish up his skills? I never went back for any refresher class but we continue to work together all the time. We do go to class three times per week but mostly agility. You may want to try that or Rally or something else that is fun and increases the bond between the two of you.

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:33 am 
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Sylvia M C wrote:
Why do you think he needs a refresher? Are you just looking for a fun activity or does he need to polish up his skills? I never went back for any refresher class but we continue to work together all the time. We do go to class three times per week but mostly agility. You may want to try that or Rally or something else that is fun and increases the bond between the two of you.


I really don't think he needs a refresher as much as I thought he might enjoy a special night out to do something different for fun. Due to my physical condition I can't do stuff that would have me running a course (as I've seen in agility) so I thought maybe just a regular class but he's taken and passed all of those so it would be a ....well, I guess "re-run" would be more correct that "refresher".

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Why don't you try Rally? It would be fun for both of you and would not hurt you in any way. I do have to say that I've been quite impressed with some people running in agility with all kinds of physical handicaps who can barely walk and I complain about bad knees, bad back and running like a little old lady. :goof

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Okay - I'll look into Rally. It does sound like fun.

Sylvia M C wrote:
Why don't you try Rally? It would be fun for both of you and would not hurt you in any way. I do have to say that I've been quite impressed with some people running in agility with all kinds of physical handicaps who can barely walk and I complain about bad knees, bad back and running like a little old lady. :goof


Yes Sylvia - that's what happens when you get way up there in age. :lol2

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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The running like an old lady part? I hate seeing that in my videos. :roll I do have to say that I made an effort on Sunday to run like an athlete and my inner thighs and arms are still sore. The run lasted 30 seconds so imagine how out of shape I am. :OMY

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Consider doing tracking or nose work classes. No running required and it is good mental stimulation for the dog.

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Colleen Keough wrote:
Consider doing tracking or nose work classes. No running required and it is good mental stimulation for the dog.

Colleen


You know - I had never even considered this but that sounds very interesting. I may just have to check that out and see what's offered around here.

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Do they give certificate after graduation from a therapy class? I'm really curious about this.

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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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CospyCockerSpaniel wrote:
Do they give certificate after graduation from a therapy class? I'm really curious about this.


We got a certificate of completion of the course since it also was for Canine Good Citizen but we then had to register the dog with TDI (Therapy Dog International). Then we got a laminated card with both our names on it and the pup's picture, the bandana he has to wear while working and a special tag stating "I Am A Therapy Dog" with the year for him to wear when he works. That has to be renewed yearly for him to continue working as a TDI dog.

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This is one of the most interesting threads on the site I wonder why there is not more on this? My Moose may not want to do any of this but he would cheer the others on.


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 Post subject: Re: Class Question
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Steve Smith wrote:
This is one of the most interesting threads on the site I wonder why there is not more on this? My Moose may not want to do any of this but he would cheer the others on.


I think it's a matter of more therapy dog teams starting to go out and do and then POST about it. I personally love to read about therapy dogs making a difference in peoples' lives and did enjoy that even before Cody got involved. I find it especially nice if it's a cocker spaniel because some people still have ideas about cocker spaniels being snappish and hyper.

Hey - maybe a few more forum members will "find" us! :sml

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