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    Welcome to Delta Society Australia
    Found this on Google, maybe helpful

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    Thanks Farrview.

    I read the dog assesment. I will have to look at doing some training with a flat-collar. Flat collar to her means 'walkies, sniff about & take our time to enjoy & relax in our walk'. All her obedience training has always been done with a check chain - signals 'school/work'. But other than that i believe we have everything else down pat. Would be awesome to be able to take her to 'work' with me

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    I started going to the old folks homes a few years ago when an elderly friend was admitted due to alzheimers. I took molly one xmas all dressed up as he always seemed to recognise her...but didnt always recognise me. So I just rocked up, on the spur of the moment as in "HI, I'm here..lol) and i thought well they can only say no, but they thought it was a great idea, let us in and asked me to bring her back whenever i could.

    So really, if you dog is well behaved and dosent jump up on them as there skin is very fragile, i think its up to the management and whether or not they want you "qualfied".

    But i would certainly do a course if one was available on the Sunshine Coast and id like to more when i have the time.

    Would be great for you to take your dogs to work Kuri...have you asked them about it?
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    I haven't had a chance to ask anybody about it yet. I was deterred when i asked for advice from our club and they told me i would have to do a $600 course to get some sort of certificate and at that time i just didn't have the money (nor the time) to splurge. At the moment i'm tossing up working with the elderly or working with refugees new to the area (help them out with the integrating into the community, take them shopping, offer advice & 24hr help). If i could get Molly into therapy work i would be ecstatic to do volunteering for the elderly.

    She's awesome with her obedience at training, she is great with people (she only comes to the off-lead park to see who can give the best pats), good with kids (especially those who are rough, she'll just wander away from them) she is not a jumper, not boisterous just a very well mannered, balanced dog. I would need to work with her around loud noises & different distractions such as wheelchairs, crutches etc. Overall i think she would be great at it.

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    I haven't had a chance to ask anybody about it yet. I was deterred when i asked for advice from our club and they told me i would have to do a $600 course to get some sort of certificate and at that time i just didn't have the money (nor the time) to splurge. At the moment i'm tossing up working with the elderly or working with refugees new to the area (help them out with the integrating into the community, take them shopping, offer advice & 24hr help). If i could get Molly into therapy work i would be ecstatic to do volunteering for the elderly.

    She's awesome with her obedience at training, she is great with people (she only comes to the off-lead park to see who can give the best pats), good with kids (especially those who are rough, she'll just wander away from them) she is not a jumper, not boisterous just a very well mannered, balanced dog. I would need to work with her around loud noises & different distractions such as wheelchairs, crutches etc. Overall i think she would be great at it.

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    Sounds like she would be perfect and it would be so rewarding for you both. I just looked at farrviews link and the closest is Brisbane, I just would have the time to do it at the moment as its a bit to far away.

    And i will need to do a bit of work with mine on some of those points they check for loud noises etc
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    There is "aged care" here and they allow dogs after a quick assessment to visit the elderly..I have done some of the assessments. For the elderly it is not too strict, just soft dogs that are friendly. With kids the dogs have to be 100% reliable, so it is more involved. Delta does do assessments too..but other places do too.
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