Saturday, May 16, 2009

I'm a Therapy Dog!

I took my certification test today with Therapy Dogs International and I passed! It was a very exciting day all around.

I started my day by visiting Laura, Anthony and Mona at their house while Jenn was teaching classes. Jenn thought I might burn off some energy playing with Mona and be relaxed for the TDI test. But I found a bucket filled with cool water and I had so much fun putting my head and feet in it. Laura had quite a job getting me cleaned up and dried before my TDI test.

Laura was nice enough to drive me over the meet Jenn for the test. I was really happy to wiggle my butt for the evaluator and for all the people there to help her. Jenn kept talking to me and telling me I was a good boy.

The TDI test is similar to the Canine Good Citizen test. These are some of the things I had to do:
  • walk politely on the leash without pulling
  • sit politely while people pet me and crowded around me
  • let someone brush me and handle my ears and feet
  • sit/down/stay/come
  • walk through a crowd of people with walkers and wheelchairs and then politely say hello to them
  • remain calm with banging and distractions
  • be alone with a stranger for three minutes and be quiet and polite
  • walk past a food bowl filled with wet dog food
Wow, that last one was hard! But Jenn told me to leave it and I did. And I did it all. Yeah for me!

For more information on TDI and how to help your dog become a TDI visiting friend, click here.

3 comments:

Angela said...

Big CONGRATS!!!

Blessings~ Angela and the aussie flock

Raising Addie said...

Congratulations!!!

TDI is a wonderful organization!

My K-8 that left us in March of 2008 was a therapy dog with TDI. It was the best experience for both of us.

You are going to bring a lot joy to a lot of people!!

It was my hope that Addie would be good for therapy dog work. At this point it looks like Lucie will be our therapy dog. She has the perfect personality for it.

Chasing my tale...
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

Niamh said...

You did a great job on your test Royal! I know that Barbara was very pleased with the class' performance for the evaluator. You will be a great therapy dog!

Your friend,
Niamh