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Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing for a Tripawd
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shelbysmom
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15 August 2010 - 8:02 pm
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I know the AKC is adamant about dogs being CGC tested that they wear a buckle or martingale collar with leash.  Are any exemptions given for Tripawds?  As you guys know, there's a hook for the leash on Shelby's Ruff Wear Harness and I wonder if the AKC will make an exception for that.

Any of you done either the CGC or TDI test with your Tripawd?  I'd love to hear experiences!

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15 August 2010 - 8:34 pm
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Ooohh, good question!  Can't wait to see the answers.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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15 August 2010 - 8:36 pm
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Have I mentioned how blessed I am that I adopted this girl.............she is such an inspiration and so eager to please.  Just love the stuffin' out of her.

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15 August 2010 - 8:41 pm
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A friend of mine lost his golden this year, she was 14 years old and Shelby looks so much like her.  I smille each time I see your avatar.

Shanna & Spirit Trouble ~ Trouble gained her wings 3/16/2011, a 27 1/2 month cancer survivor, tail wagging. RIP sweetheart, you are my heart and soul.  Run free at Rainbow Bridge.
The November Five - Spirits Max, Cherry, Tika, Trouble & Nova. 11/2008 - 3/2013 An era ends as Queen Nova crossed the Bridge.

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15 August 2010 - 8:48 pm
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She and Kona helped to heal broken hearts after I lost my 14 year old golden Freeman and 11 year old lab Carson just weeks apart.

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16 August 2010 - 8:28 am
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Howdy, because of the "special circumstances" , like missing a front leg, the testers has always made an exception for Shelby. When we explain that the slower she goes the harder it is for her, the test for "heal" command, just kinda goes out the door.

We made sure that her response to every other command was as perfect as we could make them. When they see how well she did on the other behaviors and they saw the relationship between Shelby and I and they understood that she was trained and ready to go.Every test we took, we took with her Ruffwear Harness, we explained that if we made a correction when she was in "mid-hop" she would fall down and we knew they wouldn't want the P.P. to fall down.

Be very upfront with the tester and let them know that special dogs deserve special treatment!

She'll do GREAT!!!!!cool 

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16 August 2010 - 9:43 am
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Great Question! Hope you don't mind we moved your post, we think it just fits better here.

I was a registered therapy dog with TDI, but I got tested before I lost my leg. Shelby's folks are pretty spot-on in how you can get some leniency granted. I had some issues with testing and although I didn't flunk, the tester said she gave me a "c" (hey how on earth was I supposed to leave that treat alone on the ground? It smelled soooo good. I didn't eat it but I did sniff it, which was borderline acceptable.

We'd love to find out how she does. What a pawesome thing to do with your best friend!

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17 August 2010 - 9:39 am
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We've been looking into the therapy dog testing for Ajax and they are super excited about having a Tripawd.  The purpose of the buckle collar is really can the dog be controlled without the extra means of buckle or prong - I would argue that a harness is basically just like a leash ...I'll be watching to see what happens.

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17 August 2010 - 8:41 pm
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Wow!  Something must be in the air!!  Gerry is currently enrolled in a Dog Therapy class, though it's not one that will lead to certification. We have three more sessions of that and will actually go to retirement home to test what they've learned in a week or two. 

On top of that though, just yesterday Gerry had his interview (oh and me too) with the volunteer coordinator at an assisted living place near our home and Gerry passed!  Seemed like it might be a close call after he licked her (had a long talk about how some residents might not like it and its a hygiene issue) and he was pulling rather madly (lucky for me Gerry is only mid-sized and I'm stronger - barely) as we went around the new place.  But, he then seemed to totally win the coordinator over once she saw him meet with a resident as a sort of test run.  Phew!  Now I just have to remember all the rules and keep up with his training.  And get some sanitary napkins to have on hand for licks! laugh

If Gerry takes to this as wonderfully as he seems to - and if I don't get too lazy - I think we'll try for certification as well and perhaps end up visiting people in hospitals too.  Though I think the assisted living place could certainly keep us plenty busy/fulfilled.  Good to know that others have been through TDI.  That's one of the options for the program I read about for one of our local hospitals.  The also accept Delta or another one that I think has the same initials, but stands for something different.  Is TDI one of the ones that requires you pass CGC as well?  One of them didn't (I can go back and look that up myself), and I'd rather avoid the cost of another class, in order to pass CGC, but we could always wait a year and then pursue it when I have more money saved up.

I've been meaning to blog about this, but there hadn't been much to say quite yet.  Maybe after our next class this week.  But I'm going to be sure to subscribe to this thread so I don't miss out on any good info.  And will be back when I have more to share.

Gerry has been a tripawd since 12/16/2009.

He was a shelter dog with a mysterious past and an irrepairable knee injury.

Videos and pics of Gerry's pawesomeness can be found at: http://gerry.tripawds.com

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17 August 2010 - 9:11 pm
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Congrats Gerry, that is terrific! Tripawds make such great therapy dawgs. We outta start a club!

Yes, TDI requires the Good Citizen Test, I believe they all do.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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shelbysmom
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17 August 2010 - 10:26 pm
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Congrats Gerry!

Thankfully, the VA Hospital/Rehab Facility here in Orlando does not require TDI certification.  Just a well-behaved dog and a CGC certification is certainly a plus.  I chose the VA especially because there are many amputees there and also because my late mother and father were in the Navy and Army respectively....and I did a short stint in the Navy 1,000 years ago.

Again, thanks for the encouragement and input.  This goober girl continues to amaze me!

P.S.  Hey Comet, I'm on another computer again....can you tell?  I can type VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV.  No stupid asterisk in place of (ahem) "the letter following U in the alphabet".  I've had many offers of a new keyboard, but unfortunately I have a laptop.

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20 August 2010 - 9:14 am
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Attention all new and aspiring therapy Tripawds ...

If you follow a raw food diet, you'll want to know about the Delta Society's new policy which prohibits raw feeding for therapy dogs or any dogs in the same household:

Delta Society Bans Raw Diets for Therapy Dogs

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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