Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Barclay - future therapy dog?

Beautiful Barclay is in training to pass his therapy dog certification later this month. Tonight we went to dog class and did a bunch of free-form training - working on attention, heeling, doing a long stay. He did great, even working with other dogs loose in the room at the same time. He's a real doll, such a nice boy to people and animals alike. I don't know exactly what we'll do if he passes and gets his certification, but it sounds like it's right up his alley. With his friendly and mellow personality he'd probably be great at hospital visits.



Laughing Orca Ranch said...

How exciting! I bet people will love to just stroke his soft fluffy snow white fur. He'll be much help in lowering the stress levels of everyone he meets.
Do they have "Read to Canines" at the libraries in your area?
In our libraries, people with therapy dogs bring them to cuddle with young beginning readers, and be a non-judgemental listener as the children learn to build self-confidence in reading skills.


StefRobrts said...

I hope so, that sounds like fun! I'm sure I'll learn more tomorrow. We're doing the testing, and I'll be hanging around to help out with the other folks who are testing, so it should be interesting.