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He did it! Quinn passed his Therapy Dog certification test! I am so proud of him :) It was quite a busy environment--about a dozen dogs and twice as many people. The testing took about 2 hours, and he was an amazingly (and surprisingly!) good boy! So now I have to get the paperwork signed by the vet and get registered and we'll hit the road! I'm looking forward to going back to my school so the kids can read to him. I have some other places in mind as well. Fun, fun!

Haven't been visiting much lately--I'll get caught up with the blogs--Hope I find everyone happy and healthy :)

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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 27, 2017 at 5:28pm

Thanks Lois! I love telling Quinn's story--it's one of my favorite stories to tell because it has such a happy ending for all of us. Now that you mention it, this photo is probably the most dramatic in comparison to that first one. Those of you who were there with me and supported our beginning sure do know it how far he has come. Do you think it's worth the retelling?

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 27, 2017 at 5:23pm

I don't know for sure, but your vet could be right Gail. As much as I wanted to try therapy with Gracie, I knew it wasn't the right fit for her. She's TOO friendly and TOO happy! She calms down quickly, but with each new person or any other living thing, she gets all excited again. Agility and obedience training are her gigs and she is great at them. She responds to a command quickly but then it's very obvious she's waiting for the next. Quinn on the other hand... he learns rapidly, but he is a slow sort of guy. He listens, he thinks, and then he responds. Sort of like, okay, I heard you... I understand you... I love you... Is this what you wanted? Sigh. Good. Take out a brush and he hits the floor and stays down for the count. He is perfect for therapy :)

About the neutering, even though he is not as big as you thought he'd be, the waiting might have been a good thing. I knew that there are some health advantages to waiting to spay, but now I am reading more and more about health advantages for waiting to neuter as well. We waited with Gracie, but unfortunately the shelter put their foot down with Quinn and so he was only about 10 months.

Hope they are both on the mend!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on February 26, 2017 at 6:09pm

Sooo sooo   proud of him and your training..  You should share he's 'story'  and post early photos... 

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on February 21, 2017 at 11:16am
I just got my two pups fixed. Fozzie had a lot of bruising due to his age. We waited to neuter him, til he was a year, so he would have better development. But we probably didn't have to since he is a 65 lb. dog, not 80lb. We have been trying to keep him quiet so he could heal. In speaking to our vet, she mentioned her dog is a therapy dog, I said I wished Fozzy could do that. Her response was that Fozzy probably doesn't have the disposition. He is a super friendly, fun loving dog, she may be right. He has his "doodle ways" I say, he gets so happy to meet people and pups he can't control that happiness. He prances his doodle feet in excitement, until he gets what he wants. I don't know if he is trainable for therapy.
Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 21, 2017 at 10:32am

Thanks Kris. Yes, he really has come a long way :) We are very proud of our boy. How are your pups? How is Brody doing? We are still trying to get a handle on Quinn's seizures. His interictals were getting shorter so the neurologist added zonisamide to the Keppra. We are not yet seeing a dramatic improvement, but in-between, he is a happy guy and we are hopeful the additional meds will help to make an improvement.

Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 21, 2017 at 10:27am

That's awesome Mark! Training with both Gracie and Quinn has always been great fun. They love it and it's also a terrific bonding experience.

Gail, we have a dog club nearby. They offer a variety of obedience and training classes. I've been doing obedience and agility religiously since Gracie was a puppy. We now focus solely on agility and she loves it. I enrolled in 3 consecutive obedience classes with Quinn to prepare for the CGC and the TDI test. (The testing was offered at the club as well.) Quinn loved going to class too, but going forward I will probably substitute the therapy visits for the time in obedience. I try to give both pups equal "mommy and me" time :)

There are different therapy dog organizations, but the club I go to is affiliated with Therapy Dog International. Here is the link to their page. They have a link to search for "upcoming tests" in your area.  You can also view the testing requirements. It's pretty extensive, but just about any obedience class will help you to prepare for the test. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll help if I can!!

Comment by Mark & Sasha on February 21, 2017 at 3:16am
Quinn glad you graduated and posted pics cause you inspired me to get Sasha certified. She just enrolled at ABCANTRA and will be trained in June then she will do her therapy dog certification and then they have others certifications she's going to go after too.
Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on January 29, 2017 at 12:58pm
He is such an amazing dog! You go Quinn! He certainly is "the mighty Quinn"!..........where do you go to get that training and certification?
Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on January 25, 2017 at 10:03pm
Whoop Whoop that is so awesome. He has come so far.
Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 25, 2017 at 7:58pm
Alessandra, you are of course allowed! This community is a part of Quinn's story. The support and love from you all is not forgotten.
Thanks Jan and Laura. Quinn really did work hard to earn this. He's a really sweet boy.
Dianne and DonMarie we have been thinking his size will be a plus. He is face to face with people in wheelchairs and he can rest his head on the counter so I would say he will have no problem with hospital beds Haha!

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