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    Default A terrific therapy dog

    Incredible Service Dog Helps Kids With Autism

    I wish all special needs classes could have access to this kind of therapy

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    Love it. I guess the trouble with trying to have more of these dogs in the classrooms is the lack of knowledge and experience the teachers would have to be able to look after the children and the dog's needs.

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    I always wanted to train my dogs to be "official" therapy dogs as cavies have the most amazing insight when it comes to healing, concern, and an ability to sense peoples needs.

    If I have a mossie bite, have cut myself or am feeling unwell....Molly knows it, knows where the bite or cut is instantly EVERYTIME, even if its under my clothes and goes straight to that place....she is amazing.


    2 of them are already "unofficial" therapy dogs and we visit our local old folks homes twice a week, the oldies look forward to seeing them and REALLY enjoy the visits.

    But I have to say (not sure if you will believe it) it really freaks me out as twice this year both my dogs have almost velcroed themselves to 2 patients when visiting (which is unusual) with a concerned look and have become almost nervous looking and hard to move along.

    I really hate to say it, but on both those incidences these elderly folks passed on within 48 hours of our visits. It could very well be coincidental, but it was like they knew.
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    I am sure they know, they are closer to the realities ( and more accepting) than we are. It is a pity they can't stay and see them through. I know there are other incidences of that and I saw a documentary on a dog whose work is just that to sit with dying patients.

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    My dogs do Therapy work..it is a spin-off from the RDA work we do. We used to always bring the dogs when we brought our horses and the kids gravitated to our dogs...Annabelle has a very special connection to several autistic kids...one who will only talk to her. We have helped his family with getting a golden retriever of their own........Annabelle is still his special friend and he has made great inroads since her meeting him. Katy loves working with kids..they do he "hair" on her ears and read to her and she just chills with the mentally handicapped kids that we see a lot of......She and Annabelle also pull wheelchairs, which makes the kids laugh and giggle. i just wish i had more hours in the day to give the time to that. Tessa is a Therapy dog for the elderly as she is very soft and loves old people.......Lukey aslo works with the kids, he adores kids. It is something you can volunteer for..........Your dogs get assessed and sometimes you just kinda flow into it like we did. Give it a go, there are lots of people who would love to meet friendly, happy dogs..... A lot of elederly people in homes are very lonely. And a lot of mentally and physically handicapped kids need the interaction. We hope to do Camp Quality in the near future, with Katy doing water rescue work with kids........DOgs loveit, kids love it..Perfect..........
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    When Mags develops some self control I have hope... she adores people but is way to excited in her responses just yet..lol

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    Work Mags with lots of people and in busy environments..Give her plenty of opportunity to meet and greet politely and reward good behaviour. Expose her to lots of busy environments and she will get there
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    I can just imagine your Newfies with the special needs kiddies, they would all love it. Dogs really do seem to have a sixth sense especially where it comes to kiddies or the elderly who are very frail or unwell, they just seem to automaticly be more gentle (i had a horse like that once ) and a lot more intuitive than we are.

    Mags may just suprise you fairview and be very gentle with the frail and it is very rewarding and i also think once you start visiting the elderly/special needs on a regular basis you need to be able to commit to once a week or once a month as they really look forward to it.

    I dressed mine up xmas decorations last xmas and did the nursing home rounds...they loved it, although the dogs looked at me like "I look like a ****, take it off"
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    I took her down for a week looking after my 95 year old mother when she was 12 weeks old and she didn't jump on her (or trip her up thank heavens) and did seem to tone down her madness around her. I was VERY relieved.

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    I have always wanted to get Molly into Therapy work though when i asked at our obedience club i was told you have to do courses to become qualified? That you can't just waltz in and be like 'I'm Here!' lol if anybody could give me any insight on where to begin in QLD i would love to hear.

    Part of my application for the Police force requires me to do volunteer work in the community. I'm looking at various options & one is visiting the elderly in their own homes or in a retirement village. I would love the chance to get Molly involved.

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