Training and training and . . .

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Herbie:  My (sister/buddy) Kira and I have been practicing hard to become a Pet Partners team in the Delta Society, an organization for therapy animals and their humans.  I’m trying my hardest to learn and practice all of the tricks and commands she tells me to do–but gosh, I get so bored of “sit” and “stay” and “come!”  I learned those when I was a puppy!  I still like all of the attention.  I even get to go to PetSmart with her sometimes!
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Even though it’s a lot of fun, Kira says I still have to work on some things.  I learned that people think I can be really grumpy!  I never stopped to consider it, but now that they mentioned it…I don’t have much patience with hugging and snuggling.  I’m getting better at behaving myself, but really, when I want to sleep, I don’t want to be bothered!  Is that so wrong?  Kira is helping me fix it by giving me lots of hugs and cuddling me when I’m sleeping.  I have to say, if this is what I get for being such a grump, maybe I should act like a crotchety old-man-dog more often!
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The one thing I really didn’t like about this whole therapy dog was that trip to the dog park.  All of those big dogs rushing at me was just too much!  I freaked out and we had to leave.  I tried really hard to behave, I did!  But when you’ve got a lab and a german shepherd and a pit bull running up to you wanting to play chase like a bunch of oversized puppies, it’s intimidating to be such a shortie.  I’m going to try to keep my cool next time.
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Because of the problems at the dog park, we decided not to take the therapy dog test as soon as we were planning, but I know we’ll make it!  Kira and I just have to keep working hard, and I have to work on not getting so scared around bigger dogs.  Hopefully Ruby will join our training soon!
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6 Responses to Training and training and . . .

  1. betty says:

    I think its neat what the two of you are doing to be trained to be a therapy helper; that I’m sure takes a lot of hard work!

    Koda my corgi who looks so much like you, can relate to your experience at the dog park. We don’t go to too many places like that because he gets a touch aggressive with the other dogs since they are always “in his face” so to speak

    you and your sister are sooo cute!

    betty

  2. Marsha says:

    You can do it Herbie, you just have to get use to the big guys first, but it’ll be ok!

  3. braydon says:

    love some of your angles of your buddy Herbie.
    The first two shots are my favourite.

    I’m a big fan of pet photos shot right at eye level.

  4. Pippa says:

    This must be the longest summer hols ever… Please, any holiday shots of our two fav furry sausages? Pretty please? Sprinkled with bone marrow and cookies?

  5. dog training collars…

    I wish every find I had on the internet was as useful as this one!…

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