I got me a real-live-gen-u-wyne Therapy Dawg.
Here are the results of evaluation:
We got 4 our of 5 on each of the four things tested, which were:

Manners and Obedience/Social skills & responses to commands) Appearance (My bad forgot to clean his ears)
Interaction/Response to Evaluator
Stability/Startle Responses
Evaluator Comments: Can be over focused on other dogs - watch so he isn't to "playful" during visit and listens to you. Put on a "Down" if gets excited. Very focused on Theresa - may need to ask Harlan to "Visit" patients. Use loose leash.
In the beginning, he was very focused on the other dogs, but once he had a chance to meet each one, he did better.
The startle test didn't really phase him much; he didn't really seem to notice much as he was still intent on looking around. A similar thing happened when we did that Temperament Test years ago... he was so intent on looking around at the farm that he almost didn't notice the distractions. This made it a bit hard to judge his reaction to them.
Same deal with the interaction with the evaluator. He just was trying to see everything around him, and not paying much attention to her. So I pretty much thought we'd blown it at that point.

However, because of his nice manners, and the fact that he was paying attention to me, we eeked through. Mostly on account of him cracking everybody up. Like he decided to do his "Down" comedy routine. He has
2 responses to "Down". One looks like he has suddenly experienced aviolent suction from the Center of the Earth. The other is similar, except that the suction only affects the front end, and his butt stays in the air. At which point I roll my eyes and say "Both ends." And the butt goes down. This always gets a laugh, which is probably why I haven't really worked on correcting it. Naughty of me, I know. But it is funny. Well, both his downs are, really.
The evaluator told me that we have to keep an eye on his energy level, but since he is under good control, she is not too worried about that. She would have liked to seen a little more focus on other people, rather than just me and the dogs, but since he was cute and sweet and funny (honest, that's what she said), he'd be a good addition to the team. I guess we're the Comic Relief. We're supposed to work on some silly tricks we can do (suggestions appreciated).
My prediction is that the first visit will be similar; after he meets and greets the other dogs, he will be more interested in checking out the surroundings than the people. But, since we will be going to the same place every Saturday, he will get past that and interact with the other patients very well. If that happens, I think we will get the opportunity to visit some kids, too.
I'll let you know if my prediction is correct...
Terri & Harlan
I got me a real-live-gen-u-wyne Therapy Dawg.

Yay!! Way to go Harlan & Terri!
Here are the results of evaluation: We got 4 our of 5 on each of the four things tested, which were: Manners and Obedience/Social skills & responses to commands) Appearance (My bad forgot to clean his ears) Interaction/Response to Evaluator Stability/Startle Responses

Our test had 10 questions, which basically were rated 1 thru 5, 5 being the most desired behavior. We got a 4 on everything except the "Angry Yelling" section (two strangers yell at each other, away from handler & dog) where we rec'd a 3 (he did become a bit anxious, but had a good recovery). And, on the "Overall Exam" section (where the dog is touched, manipulated, handled all over by a stranger). We rec'd a 5 on that.
Evaluator Comments: Can be over focused on other dogs - watch so he isn't to "playful" during visit and listens to you. Put on a "Down" if gets excited. Very focused on Theresa - may need to ask Harlan to "Visit" patients. Use loose leash.

We recently got our comment sheet back, when I went in to pick up Coda's jacket & our badges. It was interesting to read the comments, and it also gives a recommendation as to what type of settings we are allowed to visit (based on client activity & distraction level).

Comments: "Coda is a very beautiful dog, very appealing to everyone. He was beautifully presented. He demonstrates a stable temperament, even when being playful and puppyish. Shelly & Coda work well together as a team. Shelly does (and will) need to advocate more for Coda. It's easy when you are secure in the knowledge that you have a "safe dog" to forget to
watch what others are doing to/with him. This team will excell as they gain experience."
-) And true! The evaluator was our advanced obedience instructor a few years ago. She's got Irish Wolfhounds (Coda loved her one older girl that she lost last year), and all of them do therapy work. She seems to have a pretty good idea of how we are as a team.
The other is similar, except that the suction only affects the front end, and his butt stays in the air. ... really worked on correcting it. Naughty of me, I know. But it is funny. Well, both his downs are, really.

Cute...I am the same way. We have "All the way" with Coda, because sometimes he'll rest on his elbows, tummy not all the way down (it makes it easier to get up fast to fetch toys!).
I guess we're the Comic Relief. We're supposed to work on some silly tricks we can do (suggestions appreciated).

I think that is our role as well! That is great. The "silly tricks" we do include "High 5" (paw up, touch my hand while he's in a sit a variation of "shake"), "Bang" (play dead), "Sleepy dog" (he will touch a paw to the side of his nose, sort of like rubbing your eyes when your tired), and "Pray" (I'm not a religious person, but it's cute and a lot of older folks seem to like it. Play bow, with nose tucked into outstretched paws). They are all fairly simple tricks, but people like them. Heck, he works from a lot of hand signals, and I've seen a lot of people that are just impressed with that! I want to work on a few others.
He knows "Touch" (as in, touch your nose to this or that), so I think we have a good base to work from.
I'll let you know if my prediction is correct...

Please do! Keep us updated on how things are going! Right now, we're in a slow spot (we don't have a "regular" place where we always go visit) because of the holidays, but hopefully after the first of the year we'll be able to get into a regular routine. Shelly & The Boys
I got me a real-live-gen-u-wyne Therapy Dawg. Here are the results of evaluation: We got 4 our of 5 on each of the four things tested, which were:

Yay!

2 responses to "Down". One looks like he has suddenly experienced a violent suction from the Center of the Earth. ... really worked on correcting it. Naughty of me, I know. But it is funny. Well, both his downs are, really.


team. I guess we're the Comic Relief. We're supposed to work on some silly tricks we can do (suggestions appreciated).[/nq]Well maybe take his down trick on step further and copy Mr. Tsuki. Mr. Tsuki has "Put your ear to the ground and listen" Instead of just taking a play bow position he puts his shoulder and head on the ground - with the butt up in the air. The short name is "snail" To teach "take a bow" I'd enclose the treat in my hand and push it toward his chest. For this one I'd continue holding the treat with his nose following it then twist slightly to turn the head - shape from there.

Of course Harlan is used to shaping so you might not need such crude luring - I just tend to rush things. Does Harlan dance? Stand alll the way up on tippee toe? Several people in our group use a toy telephone and have the dog "answer" the phone (fetch the receiver) when they cur "ring ring". Then "HO its your girl friend, want to talk to her?" Hold phone to dog's ear which causes dog to "talk' (quietly, we avoid outright barks because not everyone who hears it is in on the fact its OK).

Another popular one is to "fetch" the box of tissues with a snaeeze for a cue.
My prediction is that the first visit will be similar; after he meets and greets the other dogs, he will ... the other patients very well. If that happens, I think we will get the opportunity to visit some kids, too.

Yeah - that sounds about right. Have fun
The evaluator told me that we have to keep an eye on his energy level, but since he is under ... team. I guess we're the Comic Relief. We're supposed to work on some silly tricks we can do (suggestions appreciated).

congratulations!
What sort of silly things does your silly dog like to do? The tricks can just be nothing much, as long as the handlers plays the joke right, they always go over huge.
We have a dog who takes a tissue out of a box when his mom sneezes for example.
Or one who barks when she asks stupid questions.
The evaluator told me that we have to keep an ... work on some silly tricks we can do (suggestions appreciated).

congratulations! What sort of silly things does your silly dog like to do? The tricks can just be nothing much, ... tissue out of a box when his mom sneezes for example. Or one who barks when she asks stupid questions.

Hmmm. Thanks for the good ideas. His bark is pretty loud, but he does a pretty good grumble.
I got me a real-live-gen-u-wyne Therapy Dawg.

Yay!! Way to go Harlan & Terri!

Thanks!
Here are the results of evaluation: We got 4 our ... forgot to clean his ears) Interaction/Response to Evaluator Stability/Startle Responses

Our test had 10 questions, which basically were rated 1 thru 5, 5 being the most desired behavior. We ... Exam" section (where the dog is touched, manipulated, handled all over by a stranger). We rec'd a 5 on that.

The only time Harlan seemed worried was at the crutches, but then I pointed at them and said "Check it out", and he was cool. Otherwise, I think he didn't find the distractions any more distracting than the rest of the environment.
Evaluator Comments: Can be over focused on other dogs - ... need to ask Harlan to "Visit" patients. Use loose leash.

We recently got our comment sheet back, when I went in to pick up Coda's jacket & our badges. ... "safe dog" to forget to watch what others are doing to/with him. This team will excell as they gain experience."

Coda sounds a lot like Harlan.
:-) And true! The evaluator was our advanced obedience instructor a few years ago. She's got Irish Wolfhounds (Coda ... them do therapy work. She seems to have a pretty good idea of how we are as a team.

I bet Wolfhounds can be really good at this. The ones I've met were so unflappable.
The other is similar, except that the suction only affects ... But it is funny. Well, both his downs are, really.

Cute...I am the same way. We have "All the way" with Coda, because sometimes he'll rest on his elbows, tummy not all the way down (it makes it easier to get up fast to fetch toys!).

They're funny when they're trying to pull one over on us. Funny enough, and we let them...
I guess we're the Comic Relief. We're supposed to work on some silly tricks we can do (suggestions appreciated).

I think that is our role as well! That is great. The "silly tricks" we do include "High ... (as in, touch your nose to this or that), so I think we have a good base to work from.

These are fun ideas. I probably need to dig out the clicker again.
I'll let you know if my prediction is correct...

Please do! Keep us updated on how things are going! Right now, we're in a slow spot (we ... hopefully after the first of the year we'll be able to get into a regular routine. Shelly & The Boys

I'm a bit nervous, to tell the truth. It's an Alzheimer facility, and I've always thought of that as a very scary disease. I can't think of many things more awful then losing your mind and knowing it.

I'm confident Harlan will be great, however. He can be very sweet and gentle at times. And always is making funny faces.

He was very funny with the neighbor's 1-year-old today. She was really fascinated with him, and we think it's because of the long hair. Her dog is a Mastiff, and Grandma and Grandpa have Rottweilers. She was playing with the feathers on his legs with a "What the heck is this stuff?" look on her face.
Terri & Harlan (nah, she was Stunned By My Awesome Handsomeness)
Well, it's been while since I had the clicker out, so I'll keep my options open, eh? This would be very cute.
Does Harlan dance? Stand alll the way up on tippee toe?

Yeah, The Big Guy taught him the tippee toe thing. And to hop while he's doing it. And to catch a treat while he's doing that . Who knew it would be useful someday?
I'll wait to unveil that one, though. I best gauge his excitability level before we try revving him up on that one.
Several people in our group use a toy telephone and have the dog "answer" the phone (fetch the receiver) when they cur "ring ring". Then "HO its your girl friend, want to talk to her?"

Although it is true that my dog is a cur, please not to be calling him a Ho. Thank you.
Hold phone to dog's ear which causes dog to "talk' (quietly, we avoid outright barks because not everyone who hears it is in on the fact its OK).

He does a pretty good grumble, but I've never tried to capture it. Guess I oughta.
Also maybe his Elvis Impersonation. He does a lip thing we call "Channeling Elvis".
Another popular one is to "fetch" the box of tissues with a snaeeze for a cue.

Heh. That would be funny.
My prediction is that the first visit will be similar; ... we will get the opportunity to visit some kids, too.

Yeah - that sounds about right. Have fun

Older kids would be a good fit. Harlan knows a few hand signals, and kids often get a kick out of that. It's interesting that he sometimes has trouble understanding vocal commands from other people, but usually has no problem with hand signals (if he's actually paying attention to the person). Perhaps I have a horrible accent that has RUINED him for normal speakers of English.
Terri & Harlan
I got me a real-live-gen-u-wyne Therapy Dawg.

Yay!!
I'll let you know if my prediction is correct...

Please do! Emotion: smile

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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