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    Does anyone do anything like this with their dogs? And what's involved to be able to do it, i.e. certification or anything or can you just rock on up?

    I would love to get into this with Pippi. Pippi is a very placid wee girl (she can get excited but only if you wind her up), quiet and super super friendly to everyone (I have never had a dog as feiendly as her).

    All the old people in our area love to give her a pat when they see her, and she loves to receive the pats.

    I think she'd be perfect to go and visit oldies a couple of times a week..so just kinda wanna know what might be involved etc.

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    I think you could just contact your local nursing home and ask them if they mind you coming over with your dog to visit some of the residents who would appreciate it.

    I'm considering doing the same with Miley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I think you could just contact your local nursing home and ask them if they mind you coming over with your dog to visit some of the residents who would appreciate it.

    I'm considering doing the same with Miley.

    Oh really? Well that's easy then...I will give some a ring.

    I always wanted to do it with Chevy as she was perfect for it, but we never got round to it and I regret it now.

    I'd love to do it with Barney too but due to his size and boisterousness/excitability he is just not suitable.

    Pippi is little and placid an dhappy to sit still for cuddles etc so I think it owuld be good for us, and good for the oldies too.

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    Let me know how you get on with it puggerup!! Would love to hear stories if you do it.

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    Some places need your dogs to be reconized as pets for therepy to allow them into the hospital or home. You can get your dog cert with Pets for Therepy after a temperement test & some oriantation.
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    I do it sometimes.......I did it, because my friends dog passed away and she asked me to replace her. But it is very time consuming.
    Your dog needs to be very social, obedient and know the leave it Command (food). And especially with old people very gentle.
    I think Delta does a special course for it and exam, and as was mentioned Pets for Therapy but i just "fell" in to it with my older newfie and Tessa. My young one needs to be more settled. She loves people and does not panic, but she is a little rough and awkward .
    If you get to go, make sure your dog does wheelchair and very rough petting by people who do not have motor control of their hands, but love dogs.
    I proofed my dogs at the kennel Club by letting everyone pet them and we borrowed a wheelchair form my work and hubby walked on crutches.
    I enjoy it, but I have too many things happening at present, If I was retired I would love to do more of it. The people love the dogs and you feel guilty if you stop going.
    Tessa our Golden cross is particularly good, she is very sweet and will put her head on people's lap and allow them to do anything and she won't move. She is very polite and waits for them to invite her by looking or asking. My friend still takes her on some days.. Annabelle just sits next to people, but will avoid the rough people ( they don't mean to be)
    If you do it you will enjoy it, if you like mixing with old people yourself. It is also important that you enjoy being around the elderly, Team-work
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    Thanks for that newfie.

    This sounds weird, but wherever we live we always make friend with the elderly neighbours and never the ones our age so thats not a problem.

    Pippi's "leave it" is excellent, in fact, it owuld be her best command. She is 100% proofed on leave it so thats good.

    She also loves rough patting. You can do anything with her and she will flop over and thoroughly enjoy it.

    I will start looking into this tomorrow I think, and see if we need to get certified etc.

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    One more thing....teach your dog not to use her paws ( ie shake). because the elderly have very fragile skin and a non intended scratch can do a lot of damage. So all feet on the ground, always..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    One more thing....teach your dog not to use her paws ( ie shake). because the elderly have very fragile skin and a non intended scratch can do a lot of damage. So all feet on the ground, always..........
    Great, will do!

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    im a nurse in a nursing home and there is nothing that the residents like more than having dogs visit. its amazing to see someone who has advanced dementia light up when they see a dog, we can try countless activities and spend a huge amount of time with someone to build the same trust that a dog can do in a minute.

    give some local homes a ring and find out their individual policy on the matter. i know that in melb the lort smith do a program possibly called paws that people come visit our n/home. but we have lots of staff bring in their dogs.

    good luck it will be worth it, but dont expect to walk in and straight out you will be stuck for hours

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