Friday, December 24, 2010

Fayes Therapy Dog In Training Debut

It was a very exciting week as Faye made her Therapy Dog In Training Debut at Chelsea Hospital.   All of the patients and staff were very excited to meet her and she was awesome.   We started by walking around the Hospital so that Faye could sniff the place out, an important thing to do whenever you take your dog somewhere new.    We then worked on some basic obedience skills to get her in a 'working mode' another important part of taking your dog into a new environment.  After our short 'warm up' we headed to the Patient Lounge where everyone was anxiously awaiting her arrival.  Faye was very calm and relaxed as the patients petted her and cuddled up to her.   Because she is still a youngster I kept the visit short so that she would not become stressed or bored.  After 20 minutes we said goodbye and headed home. 

 Faye will be turning 1 year old in January and has been very  busy training this past year.   She has attended group classes, socialization outings, workshops, just to name a few.   We are always going somewhere and meeting and greeting new people.  The training process for a Therapy Dog is about 1 1/2 to 2 years.   When she is not training she is enjoying being a puppy which includes playtime, swimming, playing with toys, doggy playdates, etc. 

Faye is an amazing girl and I am so thrilled to have her in my life.  Aside from her beauty and brains she is very affectionate and LOVES to have fun. 

I anticipate starting her formal Therapy Dog Testing in the Spring of 2011.

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