THERAPY WORK:  Our dogs love it!

 

All of our dogs begin their therapy work and training as puppies.  April was our first.  She has been doing therapy work for over 7 years.  We initially trained her at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind working with the preschool children.  She was also a frequent visitor in my classroom when I was teaching 4th grade in Colorado Springs.  Mackie and Tassie also began visits with children.  They were favorites of my 4th grade students.  The students were wonderful in helping teaching the girls various obedience exercises.  The pups rarely lost a ‘sit contest’ when pitted against my students.  All three girls now visit nursing homes and an Alzheimer's center regularly.  They do enjoy their visits.  It is wonderful to hear people comment on how gentle and calm they are with the residents.  They truly are representing Dalmatians well on their visits.  They have also been participants in the yearly Breed Showcase sponsored by the Colorado Springs Kennel Club.  Mackie and Tassie made their debut at a showcase just before turning 6 months of age.  Jordi made his first official therapy visit at 13 months of age.  He became certified at 14 months of age.  He loves the therapy work.  They are registered through The Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Mackie during a kindergarten visit.

Tassie, as a puppy, teaching kindergarten children to approach a dog safely and correctly.

Mackie really enjoys the older residents.

Fourth grade students working with Mackie when she was a puppy.

April in a down stay during a school visit.

Tassie with a preschool child at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

April was always  a favorite at the nursing homes.

Jordi: Therapy Dog extraordinaire.  He loves everyone—young and old.

Joie, at 9.5 months doing a little therapy work training at Aspen View in Billings, MT.