I’ve been working on command training with Jaxson lately…
He’s three years old and it’s time he started working #stoplaughing
It’s time for him to test for his pet therapy certification and bring a little tail wagging happiness throughout those hospital halls.
PET THERAPY –
Recently, the hospital where I work and Harley volunteers has made a commitment to community involved projects and events.
Harley really enjoys interacting with the patients as I am sure Jaxson will also. But if I had to choose who would have the “better experience” at places like the airport, kids fair, schools, etc… I would place my $2.00 bet on Sir Jaxson Doodle.
His evaluator is affiliated with a different therapy organization than Harley – so I don’t know quite what to expect, therefore I am trying to strengthen his skills with the basics.
I want him to sit…
even if both Harley and I walk away.
Which, when he wants to – he has the ability to take literally and stand statue like…
My desire is to master this technique of “being still” because it seems to trigger a calming mechanism that could be very helpful in many situations (to include pet therapy) when he gets excited. If I could break him from his whirling dervish behavior by getting him to sit and/or stay until the demon-Doodle inside exorcises itself out – that would be Doodle*tastic! #girlwithadream
THERAPY TESTING –
This particular therapy organization’s website has a video where they demonstrate the test. I’m fairly comfortable with what the evaluator will ask of him. He and I just need to “tighten-up” on staying put for longer periods of time.
Doodle Dad’s been taking him/them out to the soccer field in the middle of the day. Before they start to play ball, he instructs them to stay in place while activity is going on around them…
Let’s just say it’s a process.
A little progress everyday adds up to big results ❤