Emmett Passed!

Last night we passed the Therapy Dog test and the Canine Good Citizen. We celebrated with a late dinner of sirloin! 41763520_265032650810028_7498400

I couldn’t be more proud of my little rescue dog. He works everyday to over come his fears. Last night was a huge accomplishment. There is a lot of work ahead of us still, but Emmett will continue to get out there and see the world. We try to take it a day at a time.

 

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Where do you like to bring your dog to socialize them? Are there any dog-friendly coffee shops or bars near you? Does your dog enjoy the dog park or daycare?

 

xx

Jordyn & Emmett

5 thoughts on “Emmett Passed!

  1. David says:

    Thank you for following Rassilon’s blog. It is SO GOOD to see that Emmett has become a Therapy dog. At this time, my work is taking a down turn over Christmas, but hopefully it will give us a bit of a rest for a few weeks.
    We have been doing therapy work for almost 2 years, and we enjoy it so much. I just have to say to a sleeping Rassilon “You know it’s Wednesday”, and he will be out of bed and standing waiting at the back door. But having done 2 visits most weeks and 3 visits a week for a while, plus the fact that we have filled in for people and ended up traveling quite a distance, a rest will be nice.
    We have seen a few little breakthroughs that stay with us, and is is these that makes the work so rewarding.
    At the moment Therapeutic Dog Services is renegotiating the contract for the hospital, who want us not only to visit more 2 wards, but on 3 days a week, up from 1.
    Next year, as well as therapy work, Rassilon should get involved in the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog) program at the Goodwood library, and if that is successful, we can use that as a selling point to schools and libraries in the southern suburbs (where we live).
    As I have said in the blog, you need to try it for a while, because it can be a bit much for the dog (depending on where you go), PLUS, it can be hard on YOU..
    I was lucky, I was ‘battle hardened’ before I started therapy work. I used to work on the cancer ward of a hospital, so sickness and death were, literally, common place for me. But if you are not used to that sort of thing, a hospital visit might overawe you. Plus, a hospital has a LOT of strange smells and sounds for the dog. I would say it took Rassilon at least 3 months before he was completely comfortable going to the hospital, now I could let him off his leash and do the visit. (but I don’t, he get’s off to go and see his friends, but is on the leash for the ward rounds).
    I hope you both get as much pleasure out of your visits as Rassilon and I do. It is nice to know that you have made someone happy by taking your dog in to visit.
    I will follow your blog to see how you get on. Just remember, places are different, and your dog will prefer one place to another. Rassilon LOVES working with kids and young people, but WILL NOT go near someone receiving palliative care (they are on pain relief only and are in the last of the process of dying). Rassi will NOT go near the bed, and will even yelp if I try to make him.
    So try different places if you don’t get on in the first place you go, and keep watching Emmett, he will let you know what he likes.
    And remember, when you do the visits, you can be ignored, that’s perfectly acceptable, It’s All About The Dog.

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  2. David says:

    Additional, when we go to the shopping center, there is a coffee shop there that has seats outside, so I will have a coffee and Rassilon will have his doggy chino (frothed milk). He will wait for that, then block the footpath when he is drinking it. Once he has had that, he will expect people to pat him, and he will move out into the people traffic until someone does.
    So you might want to find out if you can get Emmett a doggy drink, to make his stay at the coffee shop more enjoyable, and even something to look forward to.

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