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I know many of you have done the therapy dog training with your dogs. I have been told by a couple trainers that my pup, Jasper, has a perfect temperment to be a therapy dog and I really hope we can do that. We start CGC classes at the end of February. He could pass most of the test now EXCEPT for the greetings of other people and dogs. He is very well behaved at home. But when he gets around other people and dogs, he gets sooooo excited and just forgets his manners...mainly keeping all 4 paws on the ground. We have done two puppy obedience classes and a Focus & Folly class (greetings and tricks). Right now I have him in a class just for fun and to expose him more to more dogs and people before we start the CGC class next month. He won't turn one until early April, so I know he is still young...but sometimes I wonder if he will EVER be able to learn to stay calm around other dogs & people! Does anyone have any advice for improving his greetings?? (We have tried all the usual things...turning away, acting like a tree, ignoring him until he sits, etc). How old were your dogs when they passed the CGC & therapy dog classes? How old were they when they 'calmed down'???? I don't want to have unreal expectations for him, but sometimes I get so discouraged and wonder if he will ever calm down enough to be a good therapy dog. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Comment by Catherine & Jasper on January 24, 2013 at 2:28pm
Thank you, Sharon!! Good luck tonight! Please let me know how it goes. :-)
Comment by Sharon on January 24, 2013 at 1:52pm

Maxizie just turned one on Monday.. keep pursuing the therapy classes. I am, our doodles are great dogs not to shared with others.

Comment by Sharon on January 24, 2013 at 1:49pm

I am just finishing up my CGC class tonight (test tonight).Mazie is excitable but the trainer helped with what I can do when meeting people. I did do some work with Mazie on walks. When people were approaching us I told them to walk by but I was by her side with treats. She had to stay by my side (sit or stand) but not react. I would praise her and gaie her treats when she was calm. When she was excited I pulled her away in the opposite direction. She learned that if she wanted to greet she had to be good otherwise she would not get to go where she wanted. This also helps with loose leash walking. It doesn't calm them down but it is a step towards letting them know if they want to see people they have to be on good behavior.

Comment by Catherine & Jasper on January 18, 2013 at 5:42pm
Thanks for all the encouraging words everyone!!! I think I am so worried about doing the right thing by Jasper and I don't want to fail him in any way, that I am worrying maybe more than I need to. When trainers tell you that your dog has an one of the 'best temperments they have ever seen and he needs be a therapy dog' (for which I am extremely grateful, and I know I had nothing to do in making him that way) but I am also feeling the pressure to not screw this up. LOL Again, I really appreciate everyone's comments. Many thanks!!
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on January 18, 2013 at 4:30pm

Hey Judy and Zoe, we haven't heard from you in ages.  Hope your Holidays were very happy.  When you get time post some up to date pictures.  Would love to see some current ones of Zoe!

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on January 18, 2013 at 3:08pm

Well not to discourage anyone but Pedro is 5 and... well, he has calmed down a bit :) 

Catherine, I truly believe that it is the energy they sense from people and dogs. Pedro still gets very excited with some people while with others he is calm and very gentle. He definitely is very different when I'm on the other end of the leash vs. when his Daddy is at the other end of the leash. They know who is in charge and they challenge it. I am 100% that Jasper will figure it out and that the CGC class will address it as well. Pedro and I signed up years ago to do the therapy dog training, but I got a new job and couldn't commit to the times they required so dropped out. I always wondered what would have been. So pursue the dream, I think that after enjoying our Doodles ourselves, the most rewarding and happy thing we can do is share them with the world!

Best of lucks and loving paws from Pedro and I

Comment by Judy S and Zoe on January 17, 2013 at 11:10pm

Your pup is in the teenage stages now; and since he's a dood he has that friendly, maybe excitable temperament.  Just keep working with him and don't get discouraged.  When he passes his CGC he should be able to meet  and greet just fine.  It sounds like you're doing all the right things.  He should really calm down between one and two.  If you don't have him neutered yet, that would also help.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on January 17, 2013 at 10:14pm

Pemon too gets very excited when people come to visit.  He has improved somewhat and will be 3 in two months.  This is without training, so I'm sure Jasper will improve.

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