ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue2 - Page 16

Our THERAPY DOGS in Schools Last su m m er m y f am ily adopt ed an 8- w eek -old Golden doodle pu ppy w h om w e n am ed Ju n o. Golden doodles ar e a cr oss bet w een a Golden Ret r iever an d a St an dar d Poodle. Th ey ar e k n ow n t o be h igh ly in t elligen t , f r ien dly, af f ect ion at e dogs w it h a gr eat t em per am en t . Th ey ar e especially gr eat ar ou n d ch ildr en . Th eir in t elligen ce len ds it self t o ease of t r ain in g, w h ich w as a pr ior it y f or u s given ou r desir e t o t r ain h er as a t h er apy dog. Pr ior t o br in gin g Ju n o in t o ou r f am ily, w e did a gr eat deal of r esear ch t o det er m in e w h ich br eed of dog w ou ld best f it in t o ou r f am ily an d lives. We also w an t ed t o en su r e t h at an y st u den t or st af f m em ber w h o w an t ed t o in t er act w it h Ju n o w ou ld be able t o do so w it h ou t f ear of aller gies (sh e is h ypoaller gen ic). As m y w if e an d I ar e bot h edu cat or s, w e w er e f am iliar w it h t h e ben ef it s of h avin g t h er apy dogs in sch ools an d decided ear ly on w e w ou ld en r oll Ju n o in t r ain in g t o becom e a cer t if ied t h er apy dog. At 12 w eek s w e began Ju n o?s t r ain in g, w h ich is bein g com plet ed t h r ou gh t h e M et h u en M SPCA. Th ese cou r ses in socializat ion an d m an n er s ar e pr er equ isit es in pr epar in g Ju n o t o pass t h e Can in e Good Cit izen sh ip (CGC) cer t if icat ion , an essen t ial f ir st st ep in becom in g a cer t if ied t h er apy dog. CGC is a t en -sk ill t r ain in g pr ogr am t h at f ocu ses on t each in g t h e basics of good m an n er s an d obedien ce, su ch as By Joe Yarid