Mom's been seriously considering getting me tested to be a therapy dog. I'll turn it over to her now.
Thanks, Boo. I am really, really interested in Nola becoming a therapy dog. Now that she's almost 3, she's finally fully mature and has calmed down (very slightly :p) a bit. She's turned into an incredible little girl, not that I'm biased or anything.
I know a few of you have or had therapy dogs, and I need your advice and opinions. I don't know much about the ins and outs of therapy work, so any good sites or info would be great. Just what kinds of therapy work are there? I think Nola would do best in a nursing home setting, but I want to explore all my options. If y'all think she'd excel in a certain situation (roughly of course since you don't know her in real life), do share! Also, which organization is best?
In my total novice opinion, here's what I think Nola has going for her:
* She's well trained and listens pretty perfectly
* She has her Canine Good Citizen
* She has a solid temperament
* She's friendly without being in your face and obnoxious
* She's a good size (11lbs) to sit on people's laps
* She's used to and comfortable with rough handling
* She enjoys having a job
* She thrives when she can work as a team with me
* She's very in-tune with moods and emotions, and when someone's feeling down she's calm, gentle and a great comfort
* She's a "people dog" as opposed to a "dog dog". Meaning she prefers people to other dogs.
* She's not shy
* She works well with distractions
* She's healthy, UTD with her rabies, had her initial core vaccines, is heartworm and parasite free.
What I think works against her:
* She is very, very handler focused. Very handler focused.
* She doesn't really like other dogs. She's not aggressive, but she doesn't want anything to do with them and is scared of golden retriever sized dogs due to being charged several times.
Lets hear your thoughts! Be honest. ;)
Dachshund Nola and Dachshund Mommy